2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s Poll


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollThe votes have been tallied and our readers have spoken!  Once again, you have chosen to recognize excellence in our community for great service, top quality products, outstanding leadership, show stopping performances and excitement on the playing field.  With so many great choices, and some strong campaigning by the competitors, the voting was closer than ever this year!  We look forward to an even bigger competition in 2013. The 2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s Poll Award winners are:

Food and Drink

2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollBarbeque Restaurant – Outlaw’s BBQ

Italian Restaurant – Bellino’s

Mexican Restaurant – Los Portales

Chinese Restaurant – The Oriental Wok

Seafood Restaurant – Tunk’s Cypress Inn

American/Grill Restaurant – Spirits Food & Friends

Pizza Restaurant – BJ’s Pizza

Friendliest Waitstaff – Jack’s

Bartender (w/ Name of Bar) – Angel Dauzat at Bellino’s

Breakfast Menu – McDonald’s

Lunch Menu – The Cottage

Happy Hour – Sonic

Dessert – Copeland’s

Place to Eat After Church – Copeland’s

Coffee – Tamp & Grind

Margarita – Jack’s

Martini – Diamond Grill

Daiquiri – Jack’s

Steak – Bellino’s

Hamburger – Five Guys

Salad – Spirits

Sandwich/Po-Boy – Critic’s Choice


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollSports

Place to Jog/Walk – Compton Park

Place to Hunt/Fish – Catahoula Lake

Sporting Goods Store – Academy Sports

Gym/Workout Facility – Built By Don Fields

Golf Course – Oakwing

Most Exciting Sports Moment of 2011 – Drew Brees All-Time Passing Record

LocalHigh SchoolAthlete of 2011 (Name and School) – Cierra Fussell at Grant High

Local Coach (Name, Team and Sport) – Kris Wilkerson, Menard Basketball



2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollElementary School (K-6) – Buckeye Elementary

Middle School (6-8) – Pineville Junior High

High School (9-12) – Bolton High School

Daycare – First United Methodist Church

Dance Studio – Rising Stars Dance Studio


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollPlaces

Place to go Dancing – GG’s Club

Place to Hear Live Music – Spirits

Place for a Picnic – Kees Park

Fair/Festival – Louisiana Pecan Festival


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollShopping and Services

Hospital – CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini

Bank Service – Red River Bank

Credit Union – Heart of Louisiana Federal Credit Union

Auto Dealer – Walker Automotive

Cell Phone Service – AT&T

Antique Store – Antique Mall

Furniture Store – Carroll’s Furniture

Hardware Store – John Ward Ace Hardware

Pharmacy – Crossroads Pharmacy

Music Store – Red River Music

Book Store – Books-a-Million

Women’s Clothes – Her Closet

Men’s Clothes – Jerry Lee

Florist – Rick Ferguson

Dry Cleaner – Bryant’s Cleaners

Insurance Agent – Greg Baker, State Farm

2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollReal Estate Agent – Jamie Lemoine, Noles-Frye

Jeweler – KP Jewelers

Hair Salon – My Legacy Salon

Barber Shop – Razor’s Edge

Auto Mechanic – Joey Laprairie at Aubrey’s

Lawn Service – Theils Maintenance

Place to Buy a Gift – Somethin Snazzy

Grocery Store – Kroger

Home & Garden Store – Cajun Outdoor Cooking


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollPeople

Councilperson/Alderman (Name and City) – Jim Villard, Alexandria

State Legislator – Lance Harris

Judge – Hon. Harry Randow

Example of Leadership in 2011 – Wayne Denley

Minister – Rev. Mark Martin, First United Methodist Church

Doctor – Michael Joe Screpetis, MD

Financial Advisor – John Carroll, Merrill Lynch


2012 Best of Cenla Reader’s PollArts and Media

Radio Talk Show – Talk Back 970

Radio Station – Sunny 106.9

Radio DJ – Randy James

TV Station – KALB

TV Personality – Natalie North

Local Website – www.thealexandriazoo.com

Area Musician/Group – Rod Baronet

Art Exhibit in 2011 – River Oaks

Local TV Commercial – All About Parties

Local Print Ad – Spirits Food & Friends

Local Billboard (Company Name and Location) – Menard presents Nunsense @ MacArthur Dr.

Theatre Performance– Willie Wonka, Lagniappe Theatre Group