Best Dining 2012

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

posted at 09:42 pm
on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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