BEST DINING

Best Bakery    

Best of the Big O: Pettit’s Pastry

Readers’ Choice: Wheatfield’s, Jones Bros Cupcakes

Readers’ Recommend: Panera Bread, Le Quartier

Readers’ Refer: Cake Gallery, Gerda’s Bakery

Best BBQ Restaurant

Best of the Big O: Famous Dave’s, Restaurant

Readers’ Choice: Heartland BBQ, Swine Dining

Readers’ Refer: Boyd & Charlie’s, Dickey’s BBQ

Readers’ Recommend: McKenna’s Blues, Booze & BBQ

Best Value Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: Cheddar’s

Readers’ Refer: Applebee’s, Village Inn, 11-Worth Cafe, Petrow’s, Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, McDonald’s

Best Buffet    

Best of the Big O: China Buffet

Readers’ Choice: Valentino’s, Golden Coral

Readers’ Refer: HuHot, Pizza Ranch

Readers’ Recommend: Grand China Buffet

Best Burger Joint    

Best of the Big O: Stella’s

Readers’ Refer: Red Robin, Smash Burger, Louie M’s Burger Lust

Readers’ Recommend: Dinker’s, Five Guys

Best Café/Diner    

Best of the Big O:11 Worth Café

Readers’ Choice: Leo’s Diner

Readers’ Refer: Shirley’s Diner

Readers’ Recommend: Petrow’s, Lisa’s Radial Cafe, Vidlak’s Brookside Café

Best Caterer    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Hap Abraham

Readers’ Refer: Attitude on Food, A Catered Affair, Global Gatherings, John Benker Catering, Patricia Catering, Valentino’s

Readers’ Recommend: Eddie’s, Catering Creations

Best Chinese Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: J.C. Mandarin

Readers’ Choice: Grand China Buffet

Readers’ Refer: Ming’s

Readers’ Recommend: Three Happiness Express, P.F. Changs, China Road

Best Coffeeshop    

Best of the Big O: Scooter’s

Readers’ Choice: Starbuck’s, Crane Coffee

Readers’ Refer: Blue Line, Caffeine Dreams

Readers’ Recommend: Aroma’s

Best Doughnut Shop    

Best of the Big O: Dunkin Donuts

Readers’ Choice: Krispy Kreme, Pettit’s Pastry

Readers’ Recommend: LaMar’s, Winchell’s

Readers’ Refer: Donut Professor, Donut Stop

Best Ice Cream Shop    

Best of the Big O: Ted & Wally’s

Readers’ Choice: eCreamery, Coldstone Creamery

Readers’ Refer: Goodrich, Red Mango

Readers’ Recommend: Dairy Queen

Best Italian Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: La Sole Mio

Readers’ Refer: Vincenzo’s, Sgt. Peffers

Readers’ Recommend: Olive Garden, Malara’s, Mangia

Best Japanese Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: Kobe Steakhouse

Readers’ Choice: Hiro 88, Blue Sushi

Readers’ Recommend: Genji, Sakura Bana, Sushi Japan

Best Kid-Friendly (not Kid-Focused) Restaurant    Best of the Big O: Red Robin

Readers’ Refer: Amazing Pizza, Pizza Ranch, Spaghetti Works

Readers’ Recommend: Applebee’s

Best Late Night Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: Village Inn

Readers’ Choice: Blue Sushi

Readers’ Refer: Amsterdam’s, Hiro 88, Lighthouse Pizza, Taco Bell

Readers’ Recommend: Albelardo’s, M’s Pub

Best Local Food-Serving Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: Lot 2, Block 16

Readers’ Recommend: Kitchen Table

Best Mexican Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: La Mesa

Readers’ Choice: Hector’s

Readers’ Refer: Nettie’s, Romeo’s

Readers’ Recommend: Rivera’s Mexican Restaurant, Cilantro’s, Maria’s

Best New Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: Salt 88

Readers’ Refer: Cheddars, Dudley’s

Readers’ Recommend: Avoli, Over Easy, Pig & Finch

Best Nouveau Cuisine    

Best of the Big O: J Coco’s

Readers’ Refer: The Grey Plume, Salt 88, V. Mertz

Readers’ Recommend: Jam’s, Wave Bistro

Best Organic Grocery Selection    

Best of the Big O: Whole Foods

Readers’ Choice: Trader Joe’s, Hy-Vee

Readers’ Refer: Akin’s Natural Food Store, Jane’s Grocery

Readers’ Recommend: Natural Grocers

Best Pizza Parlor    

Best of the Big O: Zio’s

Readers’ Choice: Mama’s Pizza

Readers’ Refer: Big Fred’s, The Pizza Shoppe

Readers’ Recommend: La Casa, Pitch Pizzeria

Best Greek Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: The Greek Islands

Readers’ Choice: Jim & Jenny’s Greek Village, Katie’s Greek

Readers’ Refer: Legacy Gyros

Readers’ Recommend: Feta’s, King Kong

Best Retail Deli Counter    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Refer: Fareway, Spirit World,

Readers’ Recommend: Baker’s, Whole Foods, Jason’s Deli

Best Retail Meat Counter    

Best of the Big O: Fareway

Readers’ Choice: Hy-Vee,Best Retail Meat Counter

Readers’ Refer: Wohlner’s, Baker’s

Readers’ Recommend: Stoysich, Just Good Meat

Best Retail Produce Selection    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Whole Food, Baker’s

Readers’ Refer: Costco

Readers’ Recommend: Trader Joe’s, Fareway

Best Retail Wine Selection    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Brix

Readers’ Refer: Whole Foods, Costco

Readers’ Recommend: Spirit World, Trader Joe’s

Best Restaurant Menu Specials    

Best of the Big O: Jam’s

Readers’ Refer: Anthony’s Steak House, Block 16, Blue Sushi, Crave, Dante Pizzeria, IceHouse, Jazz a Louisiana kitchen, Kitchen Table, Salt 88

Best Restaurant Wine Selection    

Best of the Big O: Brix Market

Readers’ Refer: 801 Chophouse, Brother Sebastian’s, Charleston’s, Dante Pizzeria, Flemings, M’s Pub, Olive Garden, Salt 88, Stoke’s, The Boiler Room

Best Steak House    

Best of the Big O: Texas Roadhouse

Readers’ Choice: The Drover, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Readers’ Refer: Gorat’s

Readers’ Recommend: Anthony’s Steak House, Piccolo Pete’s

Best Sweets Shop    

Best of the Big O: Jones Bros Cupcakes

Readers’ Choice: The Cordial Cherry, Old Market Candy Shop

Readers’ Refer: Eileen’s Cookies, Wheatfields

Readers’ Recommend: Hollywood Candy Shop

Best Tapas/Small Portions    

Best of the Big O: Espana

Readers’ Refer: Brix

Readers’ Recommend: Cantina Laredo

Best Tex-Mex    

Best of the Big O: Julio’s

Readers’ Refer: Hector’s

Readers’ Recommend: Stoke’s, Fernando’s, Roja’s, Romeo’s

Best Thai Restaurant    

Best of the Big O: Mai Thai

Readers’ Choice: Thai Spice

Readers’ Refer: Bangkok Cuisine, Salween Thai, Taste of Thailand

Readers’ Recommend: Thai Pepper

Best Vegetarian    

Best of the Big O: McFoster’s Natural Kind Café

Readers’ Recommend: Cantina Laredo, Kitchen Table

Best Yogurt Shop

Best of the Big O: Orange Leaf

Readers’ Choice: Red Mango

Readers’ Refer: Peach Wave

Readers’ Recommend: TCBY, Yo-Yo Berri, Cherry Berry

BEST GETTING AROUND

Best Airline

Best of the Big O: Southwest Airlines,

Readers’ Choice: Delta Airlines,

Readers’ Refer: American Airlines, Frontier Airline, Midwest Express

Readers’ Recommend: United Airlines

Best Auto Detail Shop    

Best of the Big O: Dolphin’s

Readers’ Choice: Cornhusker Auto Wash and Detail Center

Best Auto Body Shop    

Best of the Big O: Dingman’s

Readers’ Choice: Charlie Graham, B Street Collison

Readers’ Refer: CarStar, Shadow Lake Auto Body

Readers’ Recommend: Dave’s Auto Body Shop

Best Auto Dealer Service Shop    

Best of the Big O: Woodhouse

Readers’ Choice: Atchley Ford

Readers’ Refer: Baxter, Performance, Stan Olsen

Readers’ Recommend: H & H, Superior Honda

Best Auto Dealership Group    

Best of the Big O: Woodhouse

Readers’ Choice: Performance

Readers’ Refer: H & H, Sid Dillon, Stan Olsen

Readers’ Recommend: Huber, Baxter, Beardmore

Best Auto Glass    

Best of the Big O: Safelite Autoglass

Readers’ Refer: Galvin Glass, Glassman’s, Metro Glass, River City Glass

Readers’ Recommend: ABC Glass, Omaha Glass Co., Heartland Glass

Best Auto Parts    

Best of the Big O: O’Reilly Auto Parts

Readers’ Choice: Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone

Readers’ Refer: Atchley Ford, U-Pull It

Readers’ Recommend: NAPA

Best Auto Repair Shop    

Best of the Big O: Jensen Tire and Auto

Readers’ Choice: Exclusive Honda and Acura, Excellence In Auto Repair

Readers’ Recommend: Bunchanan’s Auto Center & Convenience Store

Best Bike Shop    

Best of the Big O: The Bike Rack

Readers’ Choice: Trek Bicycyle, Olympic Cycle

Readers’ Recommend: Greenstreet Cycles, Re-Cycle Bike Shop

Readers’ Refer: Bike Masters, Bike Way, Omaha Bicycle Co.

Best Boat Dealer    

Best of the Big O: Omaha Marine

Best Car Audio    

Best of the Big O: Stereo West

Readers’ Choice: InPhase

Readers’ Refer: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Recommend: Best Buy

Best Car Wash    

Best of the Big O: Russell Speeder

Readers’ Choice: Dolphin’s Car Wash

Readers’ Refer: Cornhusker Auto Wash

Readers’ Recommend: Fantasy’s, Gorilla Car Wash, Bucky’s

Best Gas Station/Convenience Store    

Best of the Big O: Bucky’s

Readers’ Choice: Quick Trip

Readers’ Refer: Kwik Shop

Readers’ Recommend: Hy-Vee Gas, Casey’s, Kum & Go

Best Luxury Auto Dealer

Best of the Big O: Lexus of Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Markel BMW, Mercedes of Omaha

Readers’ Refer: Infiniti of Omaha, Stan Olsen

Readers’ Recommend: Acura, Gorges Volvo

Best New Auto Dealer    

Best of the Big O: Performance

Readers’ Choice: Woodhouse

Readers’ Refer: Baxter, Nissan of Omaha, Plaza, Sid Dillon, Superior Honda

Best Pre-owned Car Dealer    

Best of the Big O: CarMax

Readers’ Choice: Atchley Ford

Readers’ Refer: Beardmore, Woodhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Performance, Sid Dillon

Best Tire Store & Service    

Best of the Big O: Jensen Tire and Auto

Readers’ Choice; Discount Tire

Readers’ Refer: Marion Tire

Readers’ Recommend: Midwest Tire, Tires Plus, Firestone

Best Towing Service    

Best of the Big O: AAA

Readers’ Refer: A-1 Towing, Arrow, Bam’s, Grabow Towing, Hansen Towing, Neff Towing, Paul’s Sinclair, Youngs

Best Transportation / Long-distance Travel (not airlines)

Best of the Big O: MegaBus

Readers’ Choice: AmTrak, Greyhound

Readers’ Recommend: Lyft, Ollie The Trolley

BEST PROFESSIONAL & HEALTH SERVICES

Best Allergist Practice    

Best of the Big O: Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates, PC Practice, Boys Town Allergy

Readers’ Choice: Midwest Allergy and Asthma

Readers’ Refer: Asthma & Allergy Center, William A. Ingram MD PC

Best Attorney – Criminal    

Best of the Big O: James Martin Davis,

Readers’ Choice: Pfeffer Law Office, Bianchi Law

Best Attorney – Divorce

Best of the Big O: McGill Law, Kinney Law, Anderson, Bressman and Hoffman

Best Attorney – DUI    

Best of the Big O: Schaffer Shapiro

Best Attorney – Personal Injury    

Best of the Big O: Abboud Law Firm

Readers’ Choice: Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & Lathrop

Readers’ Recommend: Knowles Law Firm

Best Bank    

Best of the Big O: First National Bank

Readers’ Choice: Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank

Readers’ Recommend: Great Western Bank, Bank of the West, Pinnacle Bank

Best Chiropractic Practice    

Best of the Big O: Hauser Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Readers’ Choice: Koca Chiropractic

Readers’ Refer: Clark Chiropractic Clinic, Elasser Chiropractic, Essentials, Hoogeveen Chiropractic, Martin Chiropractic and Wellness

Readers’ Recommend: Armour Chiropractic

Best Cosmetic Dentist    

Best of the Big O: The Smile Design Studio, The Tooth Doc, Nebraska Institute of Comprehensive Dentistry, The Dentists

Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice    

Best of the Big O: Aesthetic Surgical Images

Readers’ Choice: Finkle Cosmetic, Sculpt

Readers’ Recommend: Denenberg Facial Plastic Surgery, Popp Cosmetic Surgery

Best Counseling Clinic    

Best of the Big O: Boys Town Behavioral Health,

Readers’ Recommend: Alliance Family Counseling, Associated Counseling Professionals, Children’s Behavioral Health, Family Enrichment, Lutheran Family Services

Best Credit Union    

Best of the Big O: SAC Federal Credit Union

Readers’ Choice: Centris Federal Credit Union

Readers’ Refer: First Nebraska Educators, Omaha Douglas FCU

Readers’ Recommend: Metro Federal Credit Union, Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union

Best Dentist Office    

Best of the Big O: Rainbow Dental,

Readers’ Choice: Mancuso and Mancuso

Readers’ Recommend: “Dr. Curry, DDS”, Dundee Family Dental, Greder Dental Group

Best Dermatology Clinic    

Best of the Big O: Midwest Dermatology,

Readers’ Choice: Dermatology Specialists of Omaha, Braddock Finnegan

Readers’ Refer: Joel Schlessinger, Dr. Christopher Huerter

Readers’ Recommend: Methodist Physician’s Clinic Dermatology

Best Financial Advisor Office    

Best of the Big O: Feltz Wealth Plan

Readers’ Choice: Amerprise

Readers’ Refer: Centris Federal Credit Union, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Financial Services, Wells Fargo

Readers’ Recommend: Edward Jones

Best Health Clinic    

Best of the Big O: Alegent Creighton

Readers’ Choice: Methodist Physicians Clinic

Readers’ Refer: One World Health Clinic

Readers’ Recommend: Boys Town, Physicians Clinic, UNMC

Best Hospital    

Best of the Big O: Methodist Hospital

Readers’ Choice: Nebraska Medical Center,

Readers’ Refer: Lakeside, Children’s Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital

Readers’ Recommend: Bergan Mercy Medical Center

Best Insurance Agency    

Best of the Big O: State Farm

Readers’ Refer: Geico, Chastain Otis, Progressive

Readers’ Recommend: Farm Bureau, American Family, Allstate

Best Lasik Center    

Best of the Big O: Kugler Vision

Readers’ Refer: Brumm Eye, Lasik Plus, Nebraska Laser Eye Associates

Readers’ Recommend: Omaha Eye and Laser

Best Long-Term Care Facility    

Best of the Big O: Brookstone Meadows

Readers’ Recommend: Brighton Gardens, Hillcrest

Best Massage Therapy Practice    

Best of the Big O: Massage Envy

Readers’ Refer: Essentials, Massage Associates, Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare, Alternative Therapies – Sheila Zealand, Downtown Omaha Massage, Gloss Salon and Spa, Massage Heights, Take Five

Best Nursing Home    

Best of the Big O: Brookestone Meadows,

Readers’ Choice: Rose Blumkin Home

Readers’ Recommend: Parson’s House

Best OB/GYN Practice    

Best of the Big O: Methodist Women’s Clinic

Readers’ Choice: Alegent Creighton

Readers’ Refer: Associates in Women’s Health

Readers’ Recommend: Mid City OB/GYN, Omaha OB/GYN

Best Optical Store (eyewear store)    

Best of the Big O: Pearle Vision

Readers’ Choice: Shopko Optical, Target

Readers’ Refer: Legacy Eyeware, Midwest Eyecare Optical Center, Stanton Optical

Readers’ Recommend: LensCrafters, Millard Family Eyecare

Best Optician    

Best of the Big O: KuglerVision

Readers’ Choice: Midwest Eyecare

Readers’ Refer: Legacy Eye Care, Pearl Vision, Primary Eye Care

Best Orthodontist Office    

Best of the Big O: Igel Orthodontics

Readers’ Choice: Orthodontics Omaha

Readers’ Refer: Longo Orthodontics, Peter Ziegler

Readers’ Recommend: Barnard Orthodontics, Reis Orthodontics

Best Pediatric Practice    

Best of the Big O: Children’s Physicians

Readers’ Choice: Boys Town Pediatrics

Readers’ Refer: Village Pointe Pediatrics, Methodist Children’s, UNMC

Readers’ Recommend: Creighton Alegent Health

Best Pharmacy    

Best of the Big O: Walgreens

Readers’ Choice: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Recommend: CVS, Baker’s Pharmacy, Wal-Mart

Readers’ Refer: Target Pharmacy

Best Physical/Occupational Therapy Practice

Best of the Big O: Excel,

Readers’ Choice: Alegent Creighton Immanuel Rehabilitiation Center, Methodist Health West, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital,

Readers’ Refer: Community Rehab, Edge Physical Therapy, Go Physical Therapy, Integrated Rehab, Makovicka Physical Therapy

Best Rehabilitation Facility    

Best of the Big O: Brookestone Meadows

Readers’ Choice: Alegent Creighton Immanuel Rehabilitation Center

Best Veterinary Clinic

Best of the Big O: Ralston Vet

Readers’ Choice: 24th Street Animal Clinic, Mobile Animal Clinic

Readers’ Recommend: Best Care Pet Hospital, All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, Rockbrook Animal Clinic

BEST LIVING & HOME SERVICES

Best Apartments-Downtown    

Best of the Big O: Old Market Lofts

Readers’ Refer: Bull Durham Building Apartments, SoMa, The Greenhouse, The Highline

Best Apartments-Midtown    

Best of the Big O: Midtown Crossing Apartments

Readers’ Choice: Broadmoor at Aksarben Village

Readers’ Recommend: Peony Village

Best Apartments-West    

Best of the Big O: Broadmoor Hills

Readers’ Choice: Harrison Hills, Stone Gate Park Apartments

Readers’ Recommend: Apple Creek Apartments, Standing Bear Lake Apartments, The Grand Legacy, The Vanderbilt

Best Assisted Living Facility    

Best of the Big O: Brookstone Meadows,

Readers’ Choice: New Cassel,Best Assisted Living Facility

Readers’ Refer: Rose Blumpkin, Silver Ridge (Gretna), Waterford at Miracle Hills

Readers’ Recommend: Hillcrest

Best Carpet / Flooring Store

Best of the Big O: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Choice: Kelly’s Carpet

Readers’ Refer: Carpetland, Lowe’s, Mrs B’s, Baldwin Flooring America, Lumber Liquidators

Best Concrete Company    

Best of the Big O: Flatwork Inc., Harms, McGill Restoration, Schroeder Concrete, Twin City Masonry

Best Condo Development    

Best of the Big O: Riverfront

Readers’ Choice: Beebe + Runyon

Best Electrician    

Best of the Big O: Miller Electric Company

Readers’ Refer: Bruce Kutler Electric, Burton A/C Heating Plumbing & More, Oak Hills Electric, Robert’s, Superior Electric

Best Exterminator Company    

Best of the Big O: Presto X

Readers’ Choice: Lien Pest Control, Orkin, Terminix

Readers’ Recommend: Echo Pest Control, Pest Solutions 365

Best Furniture Store    

Best of the Big O: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Refer: Allen’s, Ethan Allen

Best Garden Center / Nursery    

Best of the Big O: Mulhall’s

Readers’ Choice: Lanoha’s

Readers’ Refer: Lowe’s

Readers’ Recommend: Earl May, Menard’s, Canoyer

Best Gutter Company    

Best of the Big O: The Gutter Truck, Z’s Home Improvement

Best Hardware Store    

Best of the Big O: Westlake Ace Hardware

Readers’ Choice: Menard’s, Lowe’s

Readers’ Refer: True Value, Ideal Hardware

Readers’ Recommend: Home Depot

Best Heating & A/C Company    

Best of the Big O: Aksarben Heating and Cooling

Readers’ Choice: A-1 United Heating and Air

Readers’ Refer: Burton A/C Heating Plumbing & More, Fred’s Heating & Air

Readers’ Recommend: Controlled Comfort, Thermal Services

Best Home Window Company

Best of the Big O: Pella Window

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Door & Window, Renewal by Andersen, Window World

Readers’ Recommend: Champion, Builders Supply Co.

Best Home Builder    

Best of the Big O: Craig Tuttle, The Home Company

Best Home Theater Store    

Best of the Big O: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Choice: Best Buy

Readers’ Refer: BOSE, The Sound Environment

Readers’ Recommend: Stereo West

Best Hotel    

Best of the Big O: Hilton Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Marriott

Readers’ Refer: DoubleTree, Hyatt Place, Magnolia Hotel

Readers’ Recommend: Embassy Suites

Best House Cleaning Service    

Best of the Big O: Merry Maids, The Maids

Best Interiors Store    

Best of the Big O: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Choice: Pier 1

Readers’ Recommend: Garden Ridge, Gordman’s, Lowe’s, Pottery Barn

Best Kitchenware Store    

Best of the Big O: Bed Bath & Beyond

Readers’ Choice: Sur La Table

Readers’ Refer: Hockenbergs, Home Depot, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Target

Readers’ Recommend: Williams-Sonoma

Best Landscaper    

Best of the Big O: Mulhall’s

Readers’ Choice: Greenlife Gardens

Readers’ Refer: Executive Lawn and Landscaping, Jay Moore, Kinghorn Gardens, Patera Landscaping

Readers’ Recommend: Lanoha

Best Lawn Care Service    

Best of the Big O: Heartland Lawns

Readers’ Choice: Kozy Lawn, TruGreen

Best Locksmith    

Best of the Big O: Big Red Locksmith, Carl Jarl, Keymasters

Readers’ Choice: Enterprise Locksmith

Best Painting Company    

Best of the Big O: Certa Pro Painters, Harwood Services

Best Plumbing Company    

Best of the Big O: Backlund Plumbing

Readers’ Choice: Burton, Roto Rooter

Readers’ Recommend: 2 Men and a Snake, Eyman, Tritz Plumbing

Best Realty Company    

Best of the Big O: CBS Home Real Estate

Readers’ Choice: NP Dodge

Readers’ Refer: Hike Realty, Malloy Real Estate

Readers’ Recommend: Deeb Realty, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Best Retirement Home    

Best of the Big O: New Cassell, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home

Readers’ Choice: Hillcrest

Readers’ Recommend: Elmwood Towers

Best Roofing Company

Best of the Big O: Pyramid Roofing

Readers’ Choice: Thompson and Thompson 3rd Generation

Readers’ Recommend: Home Science Solutions, Integrity Roofing, McKinnis

Best Siding Company    

Best of the Big O: ABC Siding, Elite Exteriors

Best Storage Facility    

Best of the Big O: Dino’s

Readers’ Choice: Milt’s Mini Storage

Readers’ Recommend: Center Street Storage, PODS, Strong Box Mini Storage

BEST PERSONAL SHOPPING & SERVICES

Best Barber    

Best of the Big O: Sports Clips

Readers’ Choice: O’Brien’s

Readers’ Recommend: Great Clips, Papillion Barbers, Southside Barbers

Best Beauty Salon    

Best of the Big O: Garbo’s

Readers’ Choice: Creative Hair Design, One Drake Place

Readers’ Recommend: Salon Platinum, Mod Salon

Best Bookstore    

Best of the Big O: Barnes and Noble,

Readers’ Choice: The Bookworm, Half Price Books

Readers’ Refer: Jackson Street Books, Parables

Best Cell Phone Provider / Carrier    

Best of the Big O: Verizon Wireless

Readers’ Choice: Sprint

Readers’ Refer: US Cellular, Cricket, Virgin Mobile

Readers’ Recommend: AT&T

Best Church    

Best of the Big O: Christ Community Church

Readers’ Choice: Westside

Readers’ Refer: Christ the King Catholic, Countryside Community Church, Sacred Heart Catholic, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Wenceslaus

Readers’ Recommend: Holy Cross Catholic, King of Kings, Stonebridge Christian Church

Best College or University    

Best of the Big O: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Creighton University

Readers’ Refer: UNMC

Readers’ Recommend: Metropolitan Community College, Bellevue University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Best Dance Studio    

Best of the Big O: Nebraska Dance

Readers’ Choice: Kitty Lee Dance Studio, Sue’s Stepperettes,

Readers’ Recommend: Cherrie Anderson Dance, Mickie’s Dance

Best Daycare    

Best of the Big O: Montessori, Morning Star Preschool & Child Care

Readers’ Choice: Children’s Heaven, Creative learning center, Get Ready Set Grow, Hamilton Heights Child Development Center, JCC, Little Lambs, Millard Children’s Academy, Pre K and Play, Small Miracles, Through the Years Daycare

Best Day Spa    

Best of the Big O: Gloss Salon & Day Spa

Readers’ Choice: Faces, Creative Hair Design

Readers’ Recommend: Kimberly Day Spa, Sanctuary Day Spa

Best Dry Cleaner    

Best of the Big O: Max I Walker

Readers’ Choice: Fashion Cleaners, NuTrend

Readers’ Recommend: Tide Dry Cleaning, Key Cleaners

Best Store for Engagement Rings    

Best of the Big O: Borsheim’s

Readers’ Choice: Helzberg’s, 14 Karat

Readers’ Refer: Goldsmith Silversmith, Zale’s

Readers’ Recommend: Greenberg’s Jewelers, Kay’s Jewelry

Best Farmer’s Market    

Best of the Big O: Aksarben Village, Old Market Farmer’s Market

Readers’ Choice: Village Pointe

Readers’ Recommend: Benson Farmers Market

Best Fitness Center    

Best of the Big O: 24 Hour Fitness, Lifetime Fitness

Readers’ Choice: Prairie Life, Aspen

Readers’ Recommend: Blue Moon Fitness, YMCA

Best Fitness Equipment Store    

Best of the Big O: Body Basics, Scheel’s

Best Florist    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Janousek’s, Baker’s

Readers’ Refer: Bloom’s, Flowerama

Readers’ Recommend: Dundee Florist

Best Grocery Store    

Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Baker’s

Readers’ Refer: Trader Joe’s, Bag N Save, Whole Foods

Readers’ Recommend: Fareway

Best Jewelry Store    

Best of the Big O: Borsheim’s

Readers’ Refer: 14 Karat, Helzberg’s, Greenbergs

Readers’ Recommend: Erwin’s, Goldsmith Silversmith

Best Martial Arts Studio    

Best of the Big O: Dragon Arts

Best Men’s Clothing Store    

Best of the Big O: Men’s Wearhouse

Readers’ Choice: Von Maur

Readers’ Recommend: Jerry Ryan’s, Lindley’s, Parsow’s

Best Men’s Shoe Store    

Best of the Big O: Von Maur

Readers’ Choice: Haney’s, DSW

Best Music Equipment Store    

Best of the Big O: Dietze, Guitar Center

Readers’ Choice: Schmidt’s Music

Best Music Lessons    

Best of the Big O: Dietz Music

Readers’ Choice: SNJ Studios, 402 Arts Collective

Best Nail Salon    

Best of the Big O: Martini Nails

Readers’ Choice: Legacy Nails

Readers’ Refer: V Nails

Readers’ Recommend: American Nails and Spa, Mohegan’s, La Vista Nails

Best Nutrition Store    

Best of the Big O: No Name Nutrition

Readers’ Choice: GNC, Complete Nutrition

Readers’ Recommend: Natural Grocers, Jane’s Health Market, Whole Foods

Best Pawn Shop    

Best of the Big O: Sol’s Jewelry and Loan

Best Pet Grooming    

Best of the Big O: PetSmart

Readers’ Choice: Petco

Readers’ Refer: Audrey’s Pet Groomer, Bark Avenue, Spaw at Three Dog Bakery

Readers’ Recommend: Susie’s Grooming

Best Pet Store    

Best of the Big O: PetSmart

Readers’ Choice: Petco, The Green Spot

Readers’ Refer: Three Dog Bakery, Pets R Us

Readers’ Recommend: Long Dog Fat Cat

Best Shopping District/Mall    

Best of the Big O: Westroads Mall

Readers’ Choice: Village Pointe,Best Shopping District/Mall

Readers’ Refer: Old Market

Readers’ Recommend: Oakview Mall, Shadow Lake Towne Center, Nebraska Crossing Outlets

Best Sporting Goods    

Best of the Big O: Scheel’s

Readers’ Choice: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Readers’ Refer: Sports Authority

Readers’ Recommend: Cabela’s

Best Tanning    

Best of the Big O: Palm Beach Tan

Readers’ Choice: Sun Tan City

Readers’ Recommend: Ashley Lynn’s

Best Tattoo Shop    

Best of the Big O: Big Brain Tattoo and Piercing

Readers’ Choice: Black Squirrel Tattoo, Grinn & Barrett, Liquid Courage

Readers’ Recommend: Authentic Ink, Dr. Jack’s Ink Emporium

Best Tech or Vocational School    

Best of the Big O: Metropolitan Community College

Best Thrift Store    

Best of the Big O: Goodwill

Readers’ Choice: Thrift World

Readers’ Refer: Big Wheels to Butterflys, Lucky’s Vintage, Salvation Army Readers’ Recommend: New Life Thrift

Best Store for Unique Gifts    

Best of the Big O: The Afternoon

Readers’ Refer: Francesca’s, Goodwill

Readers’ Recommend: Imaginarium

Best Wedding Venue    

Best of the Big O: 1316 Jones Street, DC Centre, Elmwood Groto

Readers’ Choice: Bridal Traditions, Soaring Wings Vineyard

Best Women’s Clothing Store    

Best of the Big O: Von Maur

Readers’ Choice: Kohl’s

Readers’ Refer: Chico’s

Readers’ Recommend: Maurices

Best Women’s Shoe Store    

Best of the Big O: DSW

Readers’ Choice: Von Maur

Readers’ Refer: Kohl’s

Readers’ Recommend: Dillards, Shoe Carnival

Best Yoga Studio    

Best of the Big O: Lotus House of Yoga

Readers’ Choice: One Tree Yoga

Readers’ Recommend: Omaha School Of Yoga, YogaMed

Best Youth Athletics Facility

Best of the Big O: YMCA

Readers’ Choice: MAA

BEST NIGHTLIFE AND PLAY

Best Bar with Live Music    

Best of the Big O: Waiting Room

Readers’ Choice: The Slowdown, Waiting Room

Readers’ Recommend: Ozone, Two Fine Irishman

Best Beer Selection    

Best of the Big O: Old Chicaco

Readers’ Choice: Crescent Moon

Readers’ Refer: Beercade, Hy-Vee

Readers’ Recommend: Krug Park, Brix

Best Billiards Bar

Best of the Big O: Big John’s

Readers’ Choice: Upstream

Readers’ Recommend: Fox & Hound, The Den

Best College Bar        

Best of the Big O: Bluejay Bar

Readers’ Choice: Stiles Pub

Readers’ Refer: Billy Frogs, Dubliner

Readers’ Recommend: Crescent Moon, Stadium Club

Best Casino for Slots    

Best of the Big O: Ameristar

Readers’ Choice: Horseshoe

Readers’ Recommend: Harrah’s

Best Casino for Tablegames    

Best of the Big O: Horseshoe

Readers’ Choice: Ameristar

Readers’ Recommend: Harrah’s

Best Cigar Bar    

Best of the Big O: Jake’s

Readers’ Choice: Havana Garage

Readers’ Refer: Safari Cigar & Lounge

Best Bar for Conversation    

Best of the Big O: Homy Inn

Readers’ Choice: Choo Choo’s, Mr. Toad’s, M’s Pub

Best Bike Trail    

Best of the Big O: Keystone Trail

Readers’ Choice: Wabash Trace, Papio Creek

Readers’ Refer: Field Club, Swanson Park

Best Dance Club    

Best of the Big O: The Maxx

Readers’ Choice: Whiskey Tango

Readers’ Recommend: Capitol, House of Loom, Rednecks

Best Darts Bar    

Best of the Big O: Elbow Room

Best DJ Service    

Best of the Big O: Complete Music,

Readers’ Choice: Bandstand Music, DJ Entertainment

Best Family Entertainment Center    

Best of the Big O: Amazing Pizza Machine

Readers’ Choice: Family Fun Center

Readers’ Recommend: Sempeck’s, The V, Dave & Buster’s

Readers’ Refer: Fun-Plex

Best Fireworks Stand    

Best of the Big O: Bellino

Readers’ Choice: Big Bear, Wild Willy’s

Readers’ Recommend: Kaboomers, Kracklin Kirks

Best Golf Course    

Best of the Big O: Tiburon

Readers’ Choice: Happy Hollow Club, Benson

Readers’ Recommend: Champion’s, Indian Creek, Miracle Hills, Omaha Country Club

Best Happy Hour Bar

Best of the Big O: Blue Sushi

Readers’ Choice: Kona Grill

Readers’ Refer: Applebee’s, The Den, Two Fine Irishmen

Readers’ Recommend: Crave, Roja

Best Bar for Hiding Out    

Best of the Big O: Homy Inn

Readers’ Choice: Brother’s Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Clancy’s, Elbow Room Bar, The Hideout Lounge, The Trap Room

Readers’ Recommend: Bud Olson’s

Best Bar for an Internet Date    

Best of the Big O: Beercade

Best Karaoke Bar    

Best of the Big O: Choo Choo, Mic’s

Readers’ Choice: Full House, Grandmother’s

Best Bar for Stiffest Pours    

Best of the Big O: Green Onion

Readers’ Choice: Charlie’s on the Lake, Elbow Room

Best Live Music Venue    

Best of the Big O: Stir Concert Cove

Readers’ Choice: The Waiting Room Lounge

Readers’ Refer: CenturyLink, Sokol Auditorium

Readers’ Recommend: The Slowdown

Best Tourist Attraction    

Best of the Big O: Henry Doorly Zoo

Readers’ Refer: Old Market, College World Series, Boys Town

Best Lounge / Ultra Lounge    

Best of the Big O: Liv Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Interlude

Best Movie Theater    

Best of the Big O: Marcus Majestic

Readers’ Choice: Aksarben Cinema

Readers’ Refer: Oakview

Readers’ Recommend: Twin Creek, Marcus Theater Village Pointe, AMC

Best Neighborhood Tavern    

Best of the Big O: Homy Inn

Readers’ Choice: Barrett’s, Tanner’s

Readers’ Recommend: Benson Brewery, Brownie’s, Crescent Moon, Dinkers, Dundee Dell, Elbow Room, Geno’s, Jerry’s, Tiger Tom’s

Best Outdoor Festival    

Best of the Big O: Summer Arts Festival

Readers’ Choice: Maha Music Festival, Taste of Omaha

Readers’ Recommend: Jazz on the Green, Santa Lucia, Papillion Days

Best Patio at a Bar    

Best of the Big O: Mr. Toad’s, Salt 88

Readers’ Choice: Benson Brewery, Brix, Cantina Laredo, Stories Coffeehouse, Upstream

Best Performing Arts Theater    

Best of the Big O: Orpheum Theater

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Community Playhouse, Holland Performing Arts Center

Readers’ Recommend: Rose Theater, Blue Barn

Best Sand Volleyball    

Best of the Big O: O’Leaver’s

Readers’ Choice: Spikers

Readers’ Refer: Big Red Keno, Winchester Bar and Grill

Readers’ Recommend: Digz, Sinnott’s

Best Shuffleboard Bar    

Best of the Big O: Musette

Readers’ Choice: Elbow Room, Harold’s, My Way, Sullivan’s

Best Bar for Spirits Selection    

Best of the Big O: Jake’s

Readers’ Choice: Dundee Dell, Krug Park

Best Sports Bar    

Best of the Big O: DJ’s Dugout

Readers’ Refer: IceHouse, Brewsky’s

Readers’ Recommend: Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille, Tanners, Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Staycation Destination (within 8 hour drive)    

Best of the Big O: Kansas City

Readers’ Choice: Worlds of Fun

Readers’ Refer: Branson Missouri, Mahoney State Park, Minneapolis, Okoboji

Readers’ Recommend: Chicago, Great Wolf Lodge, St. Louis

Best Vineyard / Winery    

Best of the Big O: Soaring Wings

Readers’ Choice: James Arthur Vineyard

Readers’ Refer: Glacial Till

Readers’ Recommend: Cellar 426, Slattery Vintage Estates

Best Wine Shop

Best of the Big O: Brix

Readers’ Choice: Spirit World

Readers’ Refer: La Buvette, The Winery

Readers’ Recommend: Cork Screw, Hy-Vee


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