1992 First Annual Best of Omaha Award WinnersJul 10, 2018 12:36PM ● By Todd Lemke
Below are the results of the first ever Best of Omaha Survey contest. 100,000 ballots were distributed, and winners were selected in 56 categories. The results are reproduced here as published in the March/April 1992 edition of Omaha Magazine.
The 2019 contest winners will be announced at the Best of Omaha Soiree on November 8. Get your tickets here: https://localstubs.com/events/best-of-omaha-soiree.
Best Family Restaurant1. The Garden Cafe 2. Grandmother’s Restaurant and Lounge 3. Old Country Buffet 3. Valentino’s
Best Salon1. Salon Tino 2. Garbo’s 3. Haircrafters
Best Omaha Tradition1. River City Roundup 2. College World Series 3. Mannheim Steamroller
Best Annual Event1. River City Roundup 2. College World Series 3. Septemberfest
Best Travel Agency1. Travel & Transport Inc. 2. AAA Travel Agency 3. Pegasus Travel Center 3. Younkers Travel Service
Best Bakery1. The Garden Cafe 2. Gerda’s Bakery 3. Hy-Vee Bakery
Best Yogurt1. TCBY Yogurt 2. I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt 3. Dannon
Best Nursery1. Earl May Nursery & Garden Center 2. Mulhall’s Nursery 3. The Yard Co.
Best People Watching1. Malls 2. Old Market 3. Airport
Best Place to Buy CDs and Tapes1. Homer’s Record Store 2. Pickles Records & Tapes 3. Best Buy
Best Buffet1. Old Country Buffet 2. Valentino’s 3. The Choice Smorgasbord
Best Happy Hour1. Arthur’s 2. 3 Cheers 3. Grandmother’s 3. Mickey Finn’s 3. Sports Cafe
Best Financial Institution1. First National Bank of Omaha 2. Norwest Bank Nebraska NA 3. FirsTier Bank
Best Live Music1. Ranch Bowl 2. Orpheum Theater 3. Arthur’s
Best Sporting Event1. College World Series 2. Lancer Hockey 3. Nebraska Football
Best Place to Dance1. Arthur’s 2. Ranch Bowl 3. Peony Park
Best Place to Take Kids1. The Henry Doorly Zoo 2. Omaha Childrens Museum 3. Showbiz Pizza Place 3. Peony Park
Best Free Entertainment1. Jazz on the Green 2. Shakespeare on the Green 3. Music in the Park 3. Old Market
Best Picnic Spot1. Elmwood Park 2. Dam Site 16 3. Central Park Mall
Best Men’s Clothing Store1. Landon’s 2. Dillard 2. Jerry Ryan 2. Younkers 3. Montage
Best Steak House1. Ross’ Steak House 2. Gorat’s Steak House 3. Johnny’s Cafe
Best Not on Ballot1. KKCD Radio 2. University of Nebraska at Omaha 3. Baker’s
Best Local Band1. High Heel & the Sneekers 2. The Rumbles 3. Johnny Ray Gomez
Best Tourist Attraction1. The Henry Doorly Zoo 2. Old Market 3. Boys Town
Best Deli1. Spirit World 2. Baker’s 3. Little King
Best Mexican Food1. Julio’s 2. Romeo’s 3. El Aguila Restaurant
Best Italian Restaurant1. Grisanti’s Causal Italian Restaurant 2. The Olive Garden 3. Caniglia’s Venice Inn
Best Shopping Center/Mall1. Crossroads 2. Westroads 3. Oakview Mall
Best Place to Meet Singles1. Paradise Lounge 2. Grocery Store 3. Arthurs Church
Best Real Estate Company1. CBS Real Estate 2. Home Real Estate 3. NP Dodge Co.
This article was printed in the March/April 1992 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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