2015 Best of Cenla Reader’s Choice Awards


May 2015 Cover2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Best of Cenla Reader’s Choice Awards!  Over the last decade, we have honored the best in food, service, events, shows, and more from across Cenla as voted on by you! We continue that tradition with this year’s honorees that may be the best yet.  The 2015 Best of Cenla Reader’s Choice Award goes to:

May2015-1Food and Drink

Barbeque Restaurant: Outlaw’s BBQ

Italian Restaurant: Bellino’s

Mexican Restaurant: Sombrero’s

Chinese Restaurant: Oriental Wok

Seafood Restaurant: Tunk’s Cypress Inn

American/Grill Restaurant: Spirits

Pizza Restaurant: BJ’s Pizza

Dessert Item (Restaurant & Item): Copeland’s Cheesecake

Friendliest Waitstaff: Spirits

Bartender (Name & Location): Teri at Bailey’s in Marksville

Breakfast Menu: IHOP

Lunch Menu: The Cottage

Happy Hour: Top Shelf

Place to Eat After Church: Copeland’s

Coffee: Tamp & Grind

Margarita: Sombrero’s

Martini: Copeland’s

Daiquiri: Jack’s

Steak: Outback Steakhouse

Hamburger: Brocato’s

Salad: Spirits

Sandwich/Po-Boy: Critics Choice


Place to Jog/Walk: Compton Park

Place to Hunt/Fish: Indian Creek

Sporting Goods Store: Academy Sports & Outdoors

Gym/Workout Facility: The Courtyard

Golf Course: Bringhurst

Local High School Athlete of 2014 (Name & School): Sidney Lewis, Buckeye High

Local College Athlete of 2014 (Name & College): Jami Rachal, LSUA

Local Coach (Name, Team & Sport): Gene Rushing, Louisiana College Basketball



Elementary School (K-6): Prompt Succor Elementary

Middle School (6-8): Alexandria Country Day

High School (9-12): Alexandria Senior High

Daycare: First United Methodist Church of Alexandria

Dance Studio: Cindy Seaton Dance Academy



Place to go Dancing: Bayview Yacht Club

Place to Hear Live Music: Spirits

Place for a Picnic: Ben Routh Park, Effie

Tourism Attraction: Alexandria Zoological Park

Fair/Festival: AlexRiverFete


Shopping and Services

Hospital: Christus St. Francis Cabrini

Bank Service: Red River Bank

Credit Union: Heart of Louisiana Federal Credit Union

Auto Dealer: Hixson Automotive

Furniture Store: Brown’s Furniture

Hardware Store: John Ward ACE Hardware

Pharmacy: The Pill Box

Music Store: Hastings

Book Store: Books-A-Million

Women’s Clothes: Gypsy Junction

Men’s Clothes: Weiss & Goldring

Florist: Rick Ferguson

Dry Cleaner: Craig’s Cleaners

Insurance Agent: Mike Chatelain, Risk Services of La

Real Estate Agent: Jamie Lemoine, Noles-Frye Realty

Jeweler: KP Jewelers

Hair Salon: Mirror Image Salon

Barber Shop: Razor’s Edge

Auto Mechanic: George Hauk Automotive

Lawn Service: Lemoine’s Landscaping

Place to Buy a Gift: Terra Home

Grocery Store: Kroger

Home & Garden Store: Fads & Frames

May2015-2 People

Councilperson/Alderman (Name & City): Harry Silver, Alexandria

State Legislator: Rep. Lance Harris

Judge: Hon. Thomas Yeager

Minister (Name & Church): Dr. B. David Brooks, Calvary

Doctor (Name, City & Specialty): Dr. Amy Griffin, Family Medicine

Veterinarian: Pineville Pet Hospital

Financial Advisor: Chris Soprano, FSG


Arts and Media

Radio Talk Show (Name & Station): Talkback 970 KSYL

Radio Station: 100.3 KRRV

Radio DJ (Name & Station): Shy Tyler, Q93FM

TV Station: KLAX-31

TV Personality (Name & Station): Frances Yeager, KALB-TV

Local Website: cenlabroadcasting.com

Area Musician/Group: Josh Hyde and the Hitchhikers

Art Exhibit in 2014: Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival

Local TV Commercial: Sayes Office Supply

Theatre Performance in 2014: Mary Poppins, Lagniappe Theatre Company