Best Bakery

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Bliss Bakery

Readers’ Choice: Panera Bread, Pettit’s Bakery

Readers’ Recommend: Delice European Bakery, Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery, Wheatfield’s

Best Bargain Restaurant

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

Readers’ Choice: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Block 16

Readers’ Recommend: Petrow’s, The Blue Jay Bar & Grill, Village Inn

Best BBQ Restaurant

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

Readers’ Choice: Hartland Bar-B-Que, Swine Dining

Readers’ Recommend: Boyd & Charlie’s BBQ, McKenna’s Blues Booze and BBQ, Smoke Pit BBQ & Lounge

Best Buffet

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: China Buffet

Readers’ Choice: Ameristar Casino, Valentino’s

Readers’ Recommend: Golden Corral, Grand China Buffet, HuHot Mongolian Grill

Best Burger Joint

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

Readers’ Choice: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Louie M’s Burger Lust

Readers’ Recommend: Dinker’s Bar, Fuddruckers, Smashburger

Best Cafe / Diner

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Lisa’s Radial Cafe

Readers’ Choice: Petrow’s, Shirley’s Diner

Readers’ Recommend: 11-Worth Cafe, Bella’s Bakery & Cafe

Best Caterer

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee Omaha Marketing

Readers’ Choice: Catering Creations, Hap Abraham Catering

Readers’ Recommend: Attitude on Food, Brandeis Catering, Spirit World

Best Chinese Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: China Buffet

Readers’ Choice: J.C. Mandarin Chinese Cuisine, Rice Bowl

Readers’ Recommend: Ming’s Restaurant, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Three Happiness Express

Best Coffee Shop

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

Readers’ Choice: Aromas Coffeehouse, Starbucks

Readers’ Recommend: Blue Line Coffee, Caffeine Dreams, Crane Coffee, Crane Coffee

Best Doughnut Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Readers’ Choice: Doughnut Stop, Pettit’s Pasteries

Readers’ Recommend: Donut Professor, LaMars Donuts, Winchell’s Donuts

Best Greek Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Greek Islands

Readers’ Choice: Jim & Jennie’s Greek Village, Katie’s Greek Restaurant & Tavern

Readers’ Recommend: Feta’s Gyros & Catering, King Kong

Best Ice Cream Shop

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

Readers’ Choice: Cold Stone Creamery, eCreamery

Readers’ Recommend: Dairy Queen, Orange Leaf, Red Mango

Best Italian Restaurant

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

Readers’ Choice: Olive Garden, Pasta Amore

Readers’ Recommend: Malara’s, Nicola’s Italian Wine & Faire, Vicenzo’s Italian Ristorante

Best Japanese Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hiro 88

Readers’ Choice: Blue Sushi & Sake Grill, Kobe Steakhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Genji Japanese Steakhouse, Matsu Sushi, Sakura Bana

Best Kid-Friendly (not kid-focused) Restaurant

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

Readers’ Choice: Red Robin Papillion, Texas Roadhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Amazing Pizza Machine, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, Valentino’s

Best Late Night Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob

Readers’ Choice: Taco Bell, Village Inn

Readers’ Recommend: Hiro 88, Kona Grill, M’s Pub

Best Local Food-Serving Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: Jam’s, Petrows

Readers’ Recommend: Ameristar Casino, Boiler Room, McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe

Best Mexican Restaurant

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

Readers’ Choice: Fernando’s, Hector’s Mexican Cuisine

Readers’ Recommend: Rivera’s Mexican Restaurant, Roja Mexican Grill, Romeo’s

Best New Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Lot 2

Readers’ Choice: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, J. Coco

Readers’ Recommend: Foodies, Joe’s Crab Shack, Zin Room

Best Noveau Cuisine

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: J. Coco, The Boiler Room

Readers’ Recommend: Lot 2, M’s Pub, Saigon Surface

Best Pizza Parlor

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

Readers’ Choice: La Casa Pizzaria, Mama’s Pizza

Readers’ Recommend: Big Fred’s Pizza, Pitch Pizzeria, Pizza Shoppe

Best Restaurant Specials

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

Readers’ Choice: 7M Grill, The Blue Jay Bar & Grill

Readers’ Recommend: Olive Garden, Red Lobster

Best Retail Deli Counter

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

Readers’ Choice: Baker’s, Spirit World

Reader’s Recommend: Broadmoor Market, Jason’s Deli, Wohlner’s Grocery

Best Retail Meat Counter

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Fareway, Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Just Good Meat, Wohlner’s Grocery

Readers’ Recommend: Stoysich House of Sausage, Whole Foods Market

Best Retail Produce Selection

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

Readers’ Choice: Baker’s, Whole Foods Market

Readers’ Recommend: Trader Joe’s

Readers’ Refer: Fareway, Sam’s Club

Best Retail Wine Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix, Hy-Vee

Readers’ Choice: Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, Spirit World

Readers’ Recommend: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market

Best Steak House

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Drover

Readers’ Choice: Johnny’s Cafe, Texas Roadhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Anthony’s Steakhouse, LongHorn Steakhouse, Piccolo Pete’s

Best Sweets Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Old Market Candy Shop

Readers’ Choice: Bliss Bakery, Hollywood Candy

Readers’ Recommend: Delice European Bakery, Wheatfields

Best Tapas / Small Portions

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: España

Readers’ Refer: Lit Lounge, Taste

Best Tex-Mex

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

Readers’ Choice: Julio’s, Roja Mexican Grill

Readers’ Recommend: Fernando’s, La Mesa Mexican Restaurant, Romeo’s

Best Thai Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of The Big O: Thai Spice

Readers’ Choice: Bangkok Cuisine, Mai Thai, Laos Thai, Taste of Thailand, Thai Pepper

Best Vegetarian

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe

Readers’ Choice: Blue Planet Natural Grill

Readers’ Refer: Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, Block 16, Crystal Jade

Best Wine Selection (Restaurant)

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix, La Buvette

Readers’ Choice: Stokes Bar & Grill, The Boiler Room

Readers’ Recommend: Flemings, Urban Wine Company


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