All the 2015 Winners


BEST DINING

Best Bakery    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Wheatfields

Readers’ Choice: Farmhouse Cafe, Pettit’s Pastry, Le Quartier Baking Company

Readers’ Recommend: Aromas Bliss Bakery

Readers’ Refer: Olsen Bake Shop

            

Best BBQ Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Famous Dave’s

Readers’ Choice: Parker’s Smokehouse, Hartland Bar-B-Que, Swine Dining BBQ, Jim’s Rib Haven

Readers’ Recommend: Ozark Smoked Meat Co.

            

Best Buffett    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Valentino’s

Readers’ Choice: China Buffet, Horseshoe Casino, Ameristar Heritage Buffet

Readers’ Recommend: Flavors Indian Cuisine, Grand China Buffett

            

Best Burger Joint    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stella’s Bar & Grill

Readers’ Choice: Dinker’s Bar, Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Readers’ Recommend: Culvers Butter Burger, Louie M’s Burger Lust, Danny’s Bar & Grill

            

Best Cafe/Diner    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Petrow’s

Readers’ Choice: 11-Worth Café, Lisa’s Radial Café, Leo’s Diner

Readers’ Recommend: Shirley’s Diner

Readers’ Refer: The Diner

            

Best Caterer    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Food Store

Readers’ Choice: Hap Abraham Catering, Upstream Catering, Spirit World

Readers’ Refer: Catering Creations, Eddie’s Catering

            

Best Chinese Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Three Happiness Express

Readers’ Choice: JC Mandarin Chinese Cuisine, China Road, Rice Bowl, China Palace

Readers’ Recommend: Hunan Fusion

        

Best Coffeeshop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Scooter’s Coffeehouse

Readers’ Choice: Caffeine Dreams, Crane Coffee

Readers’ Recommend: Archetype, Aromas Bliss Bakery

Readers’ Refer: Harold’s Coffee House

            

Best Doughnut Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Pettit’s Pastry

Readers’ Choice: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Dunkin Donuts, LaMar’s Donuts, Donut Stop

Readers’ Recommend: Donut Professor

            

Best Greek Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Greek Islands

Readers’ Choice: Jim & Jennie’s Greek Village, Feta’s, King Kong

Readers’ Recommend: Katie’s Greek Restaurant

Readers’ Refer: John’s Grecian Delight

            

Best Ice Cream Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Ted & Wally’s

Readers’ Choice: Cold Stone Creamery, eCreamery, Zesto’s

Readers’ Recommend: Dairy Queen, Goodrich

            

Best Italian Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Lo Sole Mio Ristorante

Readers’ Choice: Spezia, La Casa Pizzaria, Malara’s Italian Restaurant

Readers’ Recommend: Olive Garden, Avoli Osteria

Best Japanese Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Readers’ Choice: Hiro’s Japanese Cuisine, Kobe Steak House

Readers’ Recommend: Ponzu Sushi Grill, Sakura Bana

Readers’ Refer: Sushi Japan

    

Best Kid-Friendly (not Kid-Focused) Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mama’s Pizza

Readers’ Choice: Red Robin, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Spaghetti Works, Valentino’s, Petrow’s

            

Best Late Night Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

Readers’ Choice: Upstream Brewing Company, Abelardos’s Mexican Restaurant, Nite Owl, Hiro’s Japanese Cuisine

Readers’ Recommend: 7M Grill

Best Local Food-Serving Restaurant

Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: Block 16, Lot 2

Readers’ Recommend: Kitchen Table, Modern Love

            

Best Mexican Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: La Mesa Mexican Restaurant

Readers’ Choice: El Bee’s Mexican Restaurant, El Aguila Restaurant, Rivera’s

Readers’ Refer: El Vallarta, OJ’s, Cilantro’s

            

Best New Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Pig & Finch

Readers’ Choice: Modern Love, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Mula, Mouth of the South

Readers’ Refer: Saigon Bowl

Best Nouveau Cuisine    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Salt 88

Readers’ Choice: The Grey Plume, J Coco

Readers’ Recommend: Le Bouillon

    

Best Pizza Parlor    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mama’s Pizza

Readers’ Choice: La Casa Pizzaria, Zio’s Pizzeria

Readers’ Recommend: Baxter’s

Readers’ Refer: Marco’s, Spin!

            

Best Restaurant Menu Specials

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

Readers’ Choice: Kona Grill, Crave, Plank Seafood Provisions

Readers’ Recommend: Salt 88

Readers’ Refer: Sushi Japan

Best Restaurant Wine Selection    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix

Readers’ Choice: Spirit World, M’s Pub

Readers’ Recommend: V Mertz, Salt 88

Readers’ Refer: 801 Chophouse

            

Best Retail Deli Counter

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Food Store

Readers’ Choice: Wohlner’s, Spirit World, Bakers

Readers’ Recommend: Fareway

Readers’ Refer: Whole Foods Market

        

Best Retail Meat Counter

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Fareway

Readers’ Choice: Hy-Vee Food Store, Just Good Meat, Stoysich House of Sausage

Readers’ Recommend: Whole Foods Market, Bakers

Best Retail Produce Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Food Store

Readers’ Choice: Whole Foods Market, Bakers

Readers’ Recommend: Trader Joe’s, Fareway

Readers’ Refer: Natural Grocers, Target

            

Best Retail Wine Selection    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Food Store

Readers’ Choice: Brix, Spirit World, Trader Joe’s

Readers’ Recommend: Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, Whole Foods Market

    

Best Steak House    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Drover

Readers’ Choice: Anthony’s Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Piccolo Pete’s, Johnny’s Café, Gorat’s Steak House

            

Best Sweets Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Old Market Candy Shop

Readers’ Choice: Hollywood Candy, Wheatfields, The Cordial Cherry

Readers’ Recommend: Candy Wrappers

    

Best Tapas/ Small Portions    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Espana

Readers’ Choice: French Bulldog, Mula

Readers’ Recommend: Taita Restaurant

    

Best Tex-Mex    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Fernando’s

Readers’ Choice: Cantina Laredo, Romeo’s Mexican Food & Pizza, Julio’s, Stokes Grill & Bar

    

Best Thai Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mai Thai

Readers’ Choice: Thai Pepper, Taste of Thailand, Thai Spice, Salween Thai Restaurant

Readers’ Recommend: Bangkok Cuisine

            

Best Value Restaurant    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

Readers’ Choice: Billy J’s Cafe, La Casa Food Truck

Readers’ Recommend: The Food Court

Readers’ Refer: Tasty Pastry, 11-Worth Cafe, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

            

Best Vegetarian    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Modern Love

Readers’ Choice: Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, Mother India, Saigon Bowl

Readers’ Refer: Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

    

Best Yogurt Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Orange Leaf

Readers’ Choice: TCBY Frozen Yogurt

Readers’ Recommend: Yo Yo Berri, Peachwave

Readers’ Refer: Red Mango

 

BEST GETTING AROUND

Best Airline    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Southwest Airlines

Readers’ Choice: Delta Air Lines Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: United Air Lines

Readers’ Refer: Frontier Air Lines

    

Best Auto Body Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dingman’s Collision Center

Readers’ Choice: CARSTAR Auto Body Repair, Charlie Graham Body & Service, Dave’s Auto Body

Readers’ Recommend: B Street Collison Center, Inter-tech Collision Centers

Best Auto Dealer Service Shop    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Performance Toyota Scion

Readers’ Choice: Woodhouse Nissan, Superior Honda of Omaha, Atchley Ford

Readers’ Recommend: Performance VW

            

Best Auto Dealership Group    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Woodhouse Auto Group

Readers’ Choice: Performance Auto, Baxter Auto Group

Readers’ Recommend: Huber Automotive, Markel Auto Group

Readers’ Refer: Gregg Young Chevrolet

            

Best Auto Glass    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Safelite Auto Glass

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Glass Pro, ABC Auto Glass, Kryger Glass, Metro Glass Omaha

Best Auto Parts    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Auto Zone

Readers’ Choice: Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts

Readers’ Refer: NAPA Auto Parts, U Pull It

            

Best Auto Repair Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Charlie Graham Body & Service

Readers’ Choice: Walker Tire

Readers’ Recommend: Exclusive Honda, Sports Car Garage

Readers’ Refer: Havers

            

Best Bike Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Bike Rack

Readers’ Choice: Trek Bicycle Store of Omaha, Re-Cycle Bike Shop, Greenstreet Cycles, Omaha Bicycle Company, Dundee Bike shop

            

Best Buy Here/Pay Here    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Paul Gerber Auto Sales

Readers’ Choice: Carhop, Dino’s Auto Sales, Eckley Auto Brokers, Sports & Imports Auto Sales

            

Best Car Audio    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stereo West

Readers’ Choice: Inphase Car Audio, Metro Audio Dynamics

            

Best Car Wash

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Russell Speeder’s Car Wash

Readers’ Choice: Dolphins Car Wash, Brentwood Touchless Auto Wash, Cornhusker Auto Wash

Readers’ Recommend: Fort Crook Car Wash

Readers’ Refer: Gorilla Unlimited Car Wash

Best Gas Station/Convenience Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Quik Trip

Readers’ Choice: Bucky’s Convenient Stores, Casey’s General Store

Readers’ Recommend: Kum N Go Food Store

Readers’ Refer: Cubby’s Old Market, Fantasy’s

            

Best Luxury Auto Dealer    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Lexus of Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Mercedes Benz of Omaha, Infiniti of Omaha, Markel BMW/Mini/Jaguar/Range, Gorges Volvo Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: Huber Cadillac

            

Best New Auto Dealer

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Performance Toyota Scion

Readers’ Choice: H&H Chevrolet, Atchley Ford

Readers’ Recommend: Beardmore Chevrolet Subaru, Performance VW

            

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealer

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: CARMAX

Readers’ Choice: H&H Chevrolet, Atchley Ford

Readers’ Recommend: Metro Auto Sales

Readers’ Refer: Sports & Imports Auto Sales

            

Best Tire Store & Service    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jensen Tire & Auto

Readers’ Choice: Tommy’s Tires & Custom Wheels, Walker Tire    

Readers’ Recommend: Marion Tire, Midwest Tire Company, Inc.

Readers’ Refer: Lyle’s Discount Tires

Best Towing Service    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: AAA

Readers’ Choice: Neff Towing Services

Readers’ Recommend: 24 Hour Towing, Ely’s Towing LLC

Readers’ Refer: 3 B’s Towing, Arrow Towing Inc.

Best Transportation/Long- Distance Travel (not airlines)    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Amtrak

Readers’ Choice: MegaBus, Arrow Bus Lines

BEST LIVING & HOME SERVICES

Best Assisted Living Facility    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brookstone Meadows

Readers’ Choice: Immanuel Communities, Fountain View

Readers’ Recommend: Granville Assisted Living

            

Best Concrete Company    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: McGill Restoration Inc.

Readers’ Choice: Modern Concrete, JR Barger & Sons, SB Concrete

Readers’ Recommend: Schroeder Concrete

            

Best Electrician

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brase Electrical Contracting

Readers’ Choice: D&J Electric, Advantage Electric, Wiggins Electrical

Readers’ Refer: Gatchell, Powered Up Electric Inc., Vierregger Electric

            

Best Exterminator Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Orkin

Readers’ Choice: Lien Pest Control, ABC TERMITE

Readers’ Refer: Omaha Pest Control

            

Best Furniture Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Nebraska Furniture Mart

Readers’ Recommend: Hutch

Readers’ Refer: Ethan Allen, The Humble Home

Best Garden Center/Nursery

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mulhall’s Nursery

Readers’ Choice: Lanoha Nursery, Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, Indian Creek Nursery

Readers’ Refer: Canoyer Garden Center

            

Best Gutter Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Gutter Company

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Leafguard, ABC of Nebraska

Readers’ Refer: Monarch Siding & Windows, Z’s Home Improvements

            

Best Hardware Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Westlake Ace Hardware

Readers’ Choice: Menards, Center ACE Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s

Readers’ Refer: Millard Lumber Inc.

            

Best Heating & A/C Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Aksarben ARS Heating Air Conditioning & Plumbing

Readers’ Choice: Eyman Plumbing, Burton Plumbing, Thermal Services Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: Controlled Comfort

Readers’ Refer: Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

            

Best Home Builder    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Legacy Homes

Readers’ Choice: Celebrity Homes, The Home Company

Readers’ Recommend: Regency Homes, Charleston Homes, Advance Design & Construction, Inc.

            

Best Home Window Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Pella Windows

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Door & Window, Champion Windows of Omaha, Millard Lumber Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: Window World

Readers’ Refer: Marvin Windows & Doors

Best Hotel

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Magnolia Hotel

Readers’ Choice: Hilton Omaha, Embassy Suites

Readers’ Recommend: Hotel Deco, Element Midtown Crossing

            

Best House Cleaning Service

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Merry Maids

Readers’ Choice: The Maids, Molly Maid

Readers’ Refer: Clean Homes by CHolmes, Mary Ann’s Cleaning Service

            

Best Insulation Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Omaha Door & Window

Readers’ Choice: Carlisle Insulation, Seal Rite Insulation, USA Insulation

Readers’ Refer: Millard Lumber Inc.

            

Best Interiors Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Millard Lumber Inc.

Readers’ Choice: Designers Touch, The Humble Home, Hutch

Readers’ Recommend: Lee Douglas Interiors

            

Best Kitchenware Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Williams-Sonoma

Readers’ Choice: The Afternoon, Sur La Table

Readers’ Refer: Bed Bath & Beyond, Hockenberg’s

            

Best Landscaper

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mulhall’s Nursery

Readers’ Choice: Urban Prairie Land Design

Readers’ Recommend: Blooming Prairie

Readers’ Refer: Green Wings, Greenlife Gardens, Patera Landscaping

            

Best Lawn Care Service

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kozy Lawn Care

Readers’ Choice: TruGreen Chemlawn

Readers’ Recommend: Greenlife Gardens, Absolute Green

Readers’ Refer: Dream Green Lawn Solutions, Tuff Turf

Best Locksmith

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Accurate Locksmith

Readers’ Choice: Big Red Locksmiths, Keymasters of Greater Omaha

Readers’ Recommend: Bust-a-Loc, Luckey Locksmith

Readers’ Refer: Carl Jarl Group

            

Best Painting Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Master’s Touch

Readers’ Choice: John Moran Painting, Marquez Painting, G&H Painting

Readers’ Refer: Tainted to Repainted

            

Best Plumbing Company    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Burton Plumbing

Readers’ Choice: Two Men & a Snake, Red-D Plumbing, Eyman Plumbing

Readers’ Refer: Southside Plumbing, Tritz Plumbing Inc.

            

Best Realty Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: NP Dodge

Readers’ Choice: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Ambassador Real Estate, Condo Living Omaha, CBSHome Real Estate, Deeb Realty

            

Best Roofing Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Aksarben Roofing

Readers’ Choice: Pyramid Roofing Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: Home Pride Co Inc., Champion Windows of Omaha, Takoda Green Roofing

Readers’ Refer: Duranski Roofing

            

Best Siding Company

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Omaha Door & Window

Readers’ Choice: Midwest Siding Inc., Champion Windows of Omaha, Millard Siding & Window

Readers’ Refer: The Home Improvement Store, Monarch Siding & Windows

            

Best Storage Facility

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dino’s Storage

Readers’ Choice: Metro Self Storage, Milt’s Mini Storage

Readers’ Refer: A Place to Store, Armor Storage, l St. Storage, Millard Air Park Storage

BEST NIGHTLIFE

& PLAY

Best Bar for an Internet Date    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: M’s Pub

Readers’ Choice: Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, Homy Inn

Readers’ Recommend: Nite Owl, Spielbound

Readers’ Refer: Grane

            

Best Bar for Conversation

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mr. Toads

Readers’ Choice: La Buvette, Dundee Cork & Bottle

Readers’ Recommend: Brothers Lounge, 1912, The Omaha Lounge

            

Best Bar for Hiding Out

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mai Tai Lounge

Readers’ Choice: Brothers Lounge, Bud Olson’s Bar, Rose & Crown Pub, Burke’s Pub

Readers’ Recommend: C&K’s Lounge

            

Best Bar for Spirits Selection    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dundee Dell

Readers’ Choice: Brix, Spirit World, Liv Lounge

Readers’ Recommend: Berry & Rye

Readers’ Refer: Grane

            

Best Bar for Stiffest Pours

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Green Onion

Readers’ Choice: Krug Park, Holiday Lounge

Readers’ Recommend: Bud Olson’s Bar, Library Pub

            

Best Bar with Live Music    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Waiting Room

Readers’ Choice: The Slowdown, Ozone Lounge

Readers’ Recommend: The Hive, Brazen Head

Readers’ Refer: Barley Street Tavern

            

Best Beer Selection    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Crescent Moon Ale House

Readers’ Choice: Krug Park, Old Chicago

Readers’ Recommend: Upstream Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing

            

Best Bike Trail    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Keystone Trail/Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Readers’ Choice: Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Lake Zorinsky, West Papio

Readers’ Refer: Field Club Trail

            

Best Billiards Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Big Johns Billiards

Readers’ Choice: Upstream Brewing Company, Musette Bar

Readers’ Recommend: Cirino’s Cafe & Billiards

Readers’ Refer: California Bar, My Way Lounge

            

Best Casino for Slots

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe Casino

Readers’ Choice: Ameristar, Harrah’s

            

Best Casino for Tablegames

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe Casino

Readers’ Choice: Ameristar, Harrah’s

Best Cigar Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jake’s Cigars & Spirits

Readers’ Choice: Havana Garage, Copa Cabana

Readers’ Refer: Safari Cigars & Lounge

Best College Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Crescent Moon Ale House

Readers’ Choice: DJ’s Dugout, Billy Froggs, The Blue Jay Bar & Grill

            

Best Dance Club

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Maxx

Readers’ Choice: Bushwackers Saloon & Dance

Readers’ Recommend: Rehab Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Stage II, Bar 415, House of Loom

            

Best Darts Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Fox & Hound

Readers’ Choice: Elbow Room, Underwood Bar

Readers’ Recommend: The Tavern

Readers’ Refer: Bucky Dexter’s, O’Connor’s Irish Pub

            

Best DJ Service

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: ShowTime Music

Readers’ Refer: Complete Music, Farley, Gman’ 3D Entertainment, Greg Foral, House Kats, Jonny O, Master Djs LLC, Matt Mixan, Midwest Music, Shif-D

            

Best Golf Course

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Indian Creek

Readers’ Choice: Champions Run, The Knolls Golf Course, Tara Hills

Readers’ Recommend: Johnny Goodman Golf Course, Bay Hills Golf Course

            

Best Happy Hour Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kona Grill

Readers’ Choice: Pitch Pizzeria, Jimi D’s

Readers’ Recommend: Red Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Grane, Salt 88

            

Best Karaoke Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Pheasant Tavern & Cigar Store

Readers’ Choice: Stoli’s Lounge, The Sydney, Goldeez

Readers’ Recommend: Bishops Bar & Grill

Readers’ Refer: California Bar

Best Live Music Venue

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stir Concert Cove

Readers’ Choice: The Waiting Room, The Slowdown

Readers’ Refer: PS Collective, Reverb Lounge, Sokol Auditorium

            

Best Lounge/ Ultra Lounge

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Liv Lounge

Readers’ Choice: Reverb Lounge, Nosh Wine Lounge

Readers’ Choice: Interlude Cocktail Lounge

Readers’ Recommend: Omaha Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Vegalou Ultra Bar

            

Best Movie Theater

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Aksarben Cinema

Readers’ Choice: Marcus Majestic Cinema of Omaha, Film Streams, Star Cinema Theater

Readers’ Recommend: Twin Creek Cinema, AMC Oakview Plaza 24

            

Best Neighborhood Tavern

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Homy Inn

Readers’ Choice: Dinker’s Bar, Sullivan’s Bar

Readers’ Recommend: Perry’s Place, Tracks Lounge

Readers’ Refer: Bud Olson’s Bar

            

Best Outdoor Festival

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jazz on the Green

Readers’ Choice: Maha Music Festival, ArtSarben, Shakespeare on the Green

Readers’ Refer: Santa Lucia Festival

Best Patio at a Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kona Grill

Readers’ Choice: 1912, Cantina Laredo, Icehouse, Legends

Readers’ Recommend: El Aguila Restaurant

            

Best Performing Arts Theater

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Orpheum Theater

Readers’ Choice: Holland Center, Omaha Community Playhouse

Readers’ Recommend: The Rose Theater

Best Sand Volleyball

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: O’Leavers

Readers’ Choice: The Digz, Big Red Keno, Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill

Readers’ Recommend: Harold’s Bar

Readers’ Refer: Sinnott’s Sand Bar

            

Best Shopping District/Mall

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Village Pointe

Readers’ Choice: Shadow Lake Towne Center, Westroads Mall, Old Market, Oakview Mall

Readers’ Refer: Aksarben Village

            

Best Shuffleboard Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Clancy’s Pub

Readers’ Choice: Fox & Hound, Jimi D’s, Sullivan’s Bar, Brownie’s Watering Hole, Musette Bar

            

Best Sports Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: DJ’s Dugout

Readers’ Choice: Varsity Sports Café, Saints Pub & Patio, Icehouse

Readers’ Recommend: Tiger Tom’s Pub, Tanners Bar & Grill

Best Staycation Destination

(within 8 hour drive)

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association

Readers’ Choice: Okoboji, Mahoney State Park, Arbor Day Lodge

Readers’ Refer: The Ozarks

Best Tourist Attractions

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

Readers’ Choice: Old Market

Readers’ Recommend: The Durham Museum

Readers’ Refer: College World Series, Mormon Trail Center, North Omaha, Omaha Culinary Tours

            

Best Vineyard/Winery

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Soaring Wings Vineyard

Readers’ Recommend: Breezy Hills Winery, Sugar Clay Winery, Too Far North

Readers’ Refer: Nissen Winery, James Arthur Vineyards

            

Best Wine Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix

Readers’ Choice: Spirit World, Corkscrew Wine & Cheese

Readers’ Recommend: The Winery

Readers’ Refer: Vino Mas

BEST PERSONAL

SHOPPING &

SERVICES

Best Barber    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Sports Clips

Readers’ Choice: Scissor & Scotch, Arlan’s Barber Shop, Southside Barbers & Beauty

Readers’ Refer: O’Brien’s Hair & Style, Chop Shop, The Beard & Mane

Best Beauty Salon    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Garbo’s Salon & Spa

Readers’ Choice: Beauty First

Readers’ Recommend: Seven Salon, Urbane Salon & Day Spa

Readers’ Refer: Reve Salon & Spa, JB’s Salon & Day Spa, Minabella Beauty Resort

            

Best Bookstore

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Barnes & Noble

Readers’ Choice: Half Price Books, The Bookworm

Readers’ Recommend: Jackson Street Booksellers

Readers’ Refer: Books-A-Million

Best Cell Phone Provider/ Carrier

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Verizon

Readers’ Choice: Sprint

Readers’ Recommend: ATT, Cricket

Readers’ Refer: US Cellular, Boost Mobile

Best Child Care

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: La Pettit Academy

Readers’ Choice: Creative Learning Center, Jewish Community Center, Montessori Educational Centers Inc.

Readers’ Recommend: Morning Star Preschool & Child Care Center

Best Church    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Westside Church

Readers’ Choice: Holy Cross Catholic Church, Countryside Community Church

Readers’ Recommend: Sacred Heart Parish Church

Readers’ Refer: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, King of Kings Church, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Salem Baptist Church, St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, Saint Columbkille

            

Best College or University

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College

Readers’ Recommend: Bellevue University

Readers’ Refer: Iowa Western Community College

Best Dance Studio

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Acapriccio Dance Co.

Readers’ Choice: Kitty Lee Dance Studio, Pear Tree Performing Arts

Readers’ Recommend: STARS Dance Academy, Shannon Barnhart Dance Studio

Best Day Spa

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: LovelySkin Spa

Readers’ Choice: Faces Spa, Bella Dea Day Spa, JB’s Salon & Day Spa, Gloss Salon & Day Spa

Readers’ Recommend: Minabella Beauty Resort

            

Best Dry Cleaner

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Max I Walker Dry Cleaning

Readers’ Choice: Fashion Cleaners

Readers’ Recommend: $1.99 Any Garment Cleaners, Nu Trend Dry Cleaners

Readers’ Refer: Tide Dry Cleaners

            

Best Fitness Center

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Planet Fitness Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Prairie Life, Blue Moon Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness

Readers’ Refer: Lifetime Fitness, YMCA

            

Best Florist

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stems at Countryside

Readers’ Choice: Janousek Florist, Dundee Florist

Readers’ Recommend: Beyond the Vine, Hy-Vee Food Store

            

Best Grocery Store    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Food Store

Readers’ Choice: Bakers

Readers’ Recommend: Fareway

Readers’ Refer: Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market, Wohlner’s, No Frill’s

            

Best Jewelry Store    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Borsheims

Readers’ Choice: Helzberg Diamonds

Readers’ Recommend: Goldsmith Silversmith, JR’s Jewelry

Readers’ Refer: Perspective Jewelry Design

Best Martial Arts Studio

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Nebraska Academy of Martial Arts

Readers’ Choice: Legacy Martial Arts, Omaha Blue Waves Martial Arts, Taijutsu Academy

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Von Maur

Readers’ Choice: Jerry Ryan Clothing & Sportswear, Parsow’s, Post & Nickel, Lindley Clothing Co.

            

Best Men’s Shoe Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: DSW

Readers’ Choice: Von Maur, Haney Shoes Store

Readers’ Refer: Comfort Plus, Bucks

            

Best Music Equipment Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dietze Music

Readers’ Choice: Guitar Center, Schmitt Music Omaha

Readers’ Refer: Lidgett Music, Millard Music House

            

Best Music Lessons

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dietze Music

Readers’ Choice: Guitar Center, 402 Arts Collective, Omaha Conservatory of Music

Readers’ Refer: Mindy’s Violin Studio

            

Best Nail Salon

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Martini Nails & Spa

Readers’ Choice: American Nails & Spa, NT Nails Omaha Midtown Crossing, Minabella Beauty Resort

Readers’ Recommend: Mohegan Nails, V Nails

            

Best Nutrition Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: GNC

Readers’ Choice: No Name Nutrition, Akins Natural Foods, Complete Nutrition, Natural Grocers

Best Organic Grocery Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Whole Foods Market

Readers’ Choice: Natural Grocers, Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market

Readers’ Recommend: Akins Natural Foods

Readers’ Refer: Trader Joe’s

Best Pawn Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Sol’s Jewelry & Loan

Readers’ Choice: Mid City Jewelry & Pawn

Readers’ Recommend: E-Z Money Jewelry & Loan

Readers’ Refer: Four Ace’s Pawn

            

Best Pet Grooming    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Petsmart

Readers’ Choice: Wag, Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare, Noah’s Bark, The Green Spot

Readers’ Refer: Omaha Animal Medical Group

            

Best Pet Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Petco

Readers’ Choice: The Green Spot, Petsmart

Readers’ Recommend: Pets R Us, Nature Dog

            

Best Sporting Goods

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Scheels All Sports

Readers’ Choice: Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Canfield’s Sporting Goods

            

Best Store for Engagement Rings

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Borsheims

Readers’ Choice: Helzberg Diamonds

Readers’ Recommend: Goldsmith Silversmith

Readers’ Refer: Perspective Jewelry Design

            

Best Store for Unique Gifts

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Afternoon

Readers’ Choice: The Imaginarium

Readers’ Recommend: Tannenbaum Christmas Shop, Souq Ltd.

Readers’ Refer: The Humble Home

            

Best Tattoo Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Big Brain

Readers’ Choice: American Tattoo, Villian’s Tattoo, Grinn & Barrett Tattoo

Readers’ Recommend: Liquid Courage

Best Thrift Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Goodwill

Readers’ Choice: New Life Thrift, Thrift World

Readers’ Recommend: Hand Me Ups

Readers’ Refer: Lucky’s, Flying Worm Vintage

            

Best Wedding Venue

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Joslyn Art Museum

Readers’ Choice: Lauritzen Gardens, Magnolia Hotel, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

            

Best Women’s Clothing Store

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: B Yourself

Readers’ Choice: Nouvelle Eve, The Ugly Sister Boutiqe, Chico’s

Readers’ Refer: Dress Barn

            

Best Yoga Studio

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Lotus House of Yoga

Readers’ Choice: One Tree Yoga, Omaha Yoga & Bodywork, Yoga Med

Readers’ Recommend: Karma Yoga

BEST PROFESSIONAL & HEALTH SERVICES

Best Attorney- Criminal

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: James Martin Davis Law Office

Readers’ Choice: Whelan Law Office, Pfeffer Law Office

Readers’ Refer: Paragas Law Offices, Steve Leffler

            

Best Attorney- Divorce

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Koenig Dunne Divorce Law P.C. LLO

Readers’ Choice: Cordell & Cordell, Vacanti Shattuck Attorneys, McGill Law

Readers’ Recommend: Marks, Clare & Richards, LLC

Best Attorney- DUI    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Schaefer Shapiro, LLP

Readers’ Choice: Abboud Law Firm, Doran, Lustgarten & Troia PC, LLO, Petersen Law

Readers’ Recommend: Nelson Law Office

            

Best Attorney- Personal Injury

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf & Lathrop, P.C.

Readers’ Choice: Abboud Law Firm, Cullen & Cullen, Knowles Law Firm, McGill Law

Readers’ Refer: Inserra & Kelley

            

Best Bank

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: First National Bank

Readers’ Choice: Pinnacle Bank, American National Bank

Readers’ Recommend: Security National Bank, U.S. Bank

Readers’ Refer: Great Western Bank

            

Best Chiropractic Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Millard Chiropractic Clinic

Readers’ Choice: Body in Harmony, Elsasser Chiropractic Clinic

Readers’ Recommend: Omaha Chiropractic Associates, Clark Chiropractic Clinic, First Choice Chiropractic

            

Best Cosmetic Dentist

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Premier Dental

Readers’ Choice: Smile Design Studio, Legacy Dental

Readers’ Recommend: Omni Dental, The Tooth Doc

            

Best Cosmetic Practice – Noninvasive

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Skin Specialists

Readers’ Choice: Te Bella Med Spa

Readers’ Recommend: Sculpt Omaha

Readers’ Refer: Carter Abbot Med Spa, Popp Cosmetic Surgery

            

Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Aesthetic Surgical Images

Readers’ Choice: Finkle Cosmetic Surgery Center, Skin Specialists, Popp Cosmetic Surgery

Readers’ Recommend: Sculpt Omaha, Imagen Body Sculpting

            

Best Counseling Clinic

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Arbor Family Counseling

Readers’ Choice: Community Alliance, Alliance Counseling Center, Associated Counseling Professionals

Readers’ Recommend: Family Enrichment

            

Best Credit Union

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Centris Federal Credit Union

Readers’ Choice: SAC Federal Credit Union

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

Readers’ Refer: Mutual 1st Federal, Omaha Federal Credit Union

Best Dentist Office    

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Summit Dental Health

Readers’ Choice: The Tooth Doc

Readers’ Recommend: Hillsborough Family Dentistry

Readers’ Refer: Paragon Dental, Gradoville Dentristry

            

Best Dermatology Clinic

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Skin Specialists

Readers’ Choice: Midwest Dermatology Clinic, PC, Braddock Finnegan Dermatology, Alegent Creighton Dermatology

Readers’ Recommend: Dr. Anthony Griess

            

Best Financial Advisor Office

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Callahan Financial Planning

Readers’ Choice: Feltz Wealth Plan, Renaissance Financial

Readers’ Recommend: Insurevest Financial

Readers’ Refer: Curnes Financial Group, Edward Jones

            

Best Health Clinic

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Methodist Physicians Clinic

Readers’ Choice: CHI Alegent Creighton Clinics, UNMC Family Physicians, One World Community Health

Readers’ Refer: Southwest Family Physicians

            

Best Hospital

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Nebraska Medical Center

Readers’ Choice: Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Alegent Lakeside

Readers’ Refer: Midlands Hospital

            

Best Insurance Agency

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: State Farm

Readers’ Choice: Chastain Otis Insurance & Financial Services, Pat Lemmers Agency

Readers’ Recommend: Insurevest Financial, American Family Insurance

            

Best Lasik Center

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kugler Vision

Readers’ Choice: Omaha Eye & Laser Institute, Nebraska Laser Eye Associates, Brumm Eye & Laser Vision Center

Readers’ Refer: Lasik Plus, Midwest Eye Care

            

Best Long Term Care Facility

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brookstone Meadows

Readers’ Choice: Hillcrest Health & Rehab Systems, Brighton Gardens of Omaha

Readers’ Recommend: Fountain View, Heritage Ridge

Readers’ Refer: The Lighthouse

            

Best Massage Therapy Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Massage Envy

Readers’ Recommend: Massage Heights, Omaha Blue Waves Massage & Bodywork, Get A Grip

Readers’ Refer: Creative Hair Design Salon, Take Five Massage

            

Best OB/GYN Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Methodist Women’s Health

Readers’ Choice: Mid-City OB/GYN

Readers’ Recommend: One World Community Health

Readers’ Refer: Metro OB/GYN, Sarpy County OB/GYN, Olsen Center for Women’s Health

Best Optical Store (Eyewear Store)

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: America’s Best

Readers’ Choice: Spectacles Eyeglass Shop Midwest Eye Care, Malbar Vison Center

Readers’ Choice: Stanton Optical

Readers’ Refer: Walmart Stores

            

Best Optician

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Midwest Eye Care

Readers’ Choice: Millard Family Eyecare, Aksarben Eye Care, Malbar Vision Center

Readers’ Refer: Invisions Eyecare & Optics, Legacy Eye Care, Shopko Optical

            

Best Orthodontist Office

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Igel Orthodontics

Readers’ Choice: Huerter Orthodontics

Readers’ Recommend: The Orthodontic Group, Clear Choice Orthodontics, P.C.

Readers’ Refer: Barnard Orthodontics, Hurd Orthodontics

            

Best Pediatric Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Boys Town Pediatrics

Readers’ Choice: Children’s Physicians

Readers’ Recommend: Village Pointe Pediatrics, Omaha Children’s Clinic

Readers’ Refer: West Center Pediatrics

            

Best Pharmacy

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Walgreens

Readers’ Choice: Hy-Vee Food Store, CVS Pharmacy

Readers’ Recommend: Kohl’s Pharmacy, Kubat Pharmacy

Readers’ Refer: Elmwood Pharmacy

            

Best Physical Therapy/

Occupational Therapy Practice

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Makovicka Physical Therapy

Readers’ Choice: Community Rehab Physical Therapy, ProCare3, Bellevue Physical Therapy Associates

Readers’ Recommend: Home Nursing with Heart Therapy

Readers’ Refer: Excel Physical Therapy

            

Best Veterinary Clinic

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Ralston Veterinary Clinic

Readers’ Recommend: 24th Street Animal Clinic, Rockbrook Animal Clinic, Northwest Animal Hospital, Mobile Animal Clinic, Omaha Animal Medical Group


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