2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice Awards


The last year has brought challenges for everyone, and so this year’s winners of the Best of Cenla Reader’s Choice Awards can hold their heads extra high for a job well done!  Overcoming a pandemic, storms, freezing weather and more, have demonstrated the resilience of our community businesses and institutions and the strong commitment you have to supporting local business, culture and community. We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees!  Your 2021 Best of Cenla Reader’s Choice Award winners are…


2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsBarbeque Restaurant: Outlaw’s BBQ
Italian Restaurant: Verona
Mexican Restaurant: El Paso
Asian Restaurant: Mandarin Chinese Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant: Bucket’s Crawfish
American/Grill Restaurant: Spirits Food & Friends
Pizza Restaurant: BJs Pizza House
Dessert Item: Little Cakes w/ Big Attitude
Friendliest Waitstaff: Texas Roadhouse
Breakfast Menu: Brocatos
Lunch Menu: Three Potato More / The Cottage (tie)
Happy Hour: Spirits Food & Friends
Place to Eat After Church: Texas Roadhouse
Coffee: Tamp & Grind
Margarita: Sombrero’s
Martini: Spirits Food & Friends
Daiquiri: Jack’s
Steak: Texas Roadhouse
Hamburger: Spirits Food & Friends
Salad: The Salad Shop
Sandwich/Po-Boy: PoBoy Express
Food Truck: Uncle Willie’s


2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsElementary School (K-6): J. I. Baron Elementary
Middle School (6-8): Alexandria Country Day School
High School (9-12): Alexandria Senior High
Daycare: Calvary Baptist Church
Dance Studio: Just Dance


2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsPlace to Hear Live Music: Spirits Food & Friends
Tourism Attraction: Alexandria Zoo
Museum: Alexandria Museum of Art



2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsHospital: CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini
Nursing Home: Hilltop Nursing
Assisted Living: Canterbury House
Home Health Service: Lagniappe Home Health
Bank: Red River Bank
Credit Union: La Capitol Federal Credit Union
Auto Dealer: Walker Automotive
Hardware Store: John Ward ACE Hardware
Pharmacy: Ray’s Pharmacy
Music Store: Red River Music
Women’s Clothes: Dillard’s
Men’s Clothes: Dillard’s
Gym/Workout Facility: Louisiana Athletic Club
Medical Spa: GLO Med Spa
Day Spa: Spa Belleza
Sporting Goods Store: Academy Sports & Outdoors
Florist: Alexandria House of Flowers
Jewelry Store: Schnack’s Fine Jewelry
Hair Salon: Hairology
Barber Shop: Day’s Barber Shop
Plumber: Mid State Plumbing
Auto Body Shop: Walker Collision Center
Auto Towing Service: All About Towing
Animal Clinic: Montgomery Animal Clinic / Pineville Pet Hospital (tie)
2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsPet Grooming: Sandy’s Clip-n-Dip
Security/Alarm Service: Simpson Security Systems
Place to Buy a Gift: John Ward Interiors / Terra Home (tie)


Councilperson/Alderman: Jim Villard, City of Alexandria
State Legislator: Rep. Lance Harris / Sen. Jay Luneau (tie)
Judge: Hon. Greg Beard, 9th Judicial District Court
Minister: Dr. B. David Brooks, Calvary Baptist Church
Doctor: Amy Griffin, MD
Dentist: David Carlton III, DDS
Chiropractor: Bradley F. Kirzner, DC / Kemp Nelson, DC / Roy Strickland, DC (tie)
Veterinarian: Amanda Quebedeaux, DVM
Financial Advisor: Carol Kinder, Pathway Advisors
Bartender: Ryan Burnaman, Spirits Food & Friends
Insurance Agent: Brian Thomson, State Farm
Real Estate Agent: Matt Ritchie, Ritchie Real Estate / Trish Leleux, The Leleux Group (tie)
Contractor/Builder: J. M. Lyons Construction
Photographer/Videographer: Susan Stevison


2021 Best of Cenla Readers Choice AwardsMusician/Group: Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs
Radio Station: KQID 93.1
Radio DJ: Josh & Miranda, Q93
TV Station: KALB TV 5 NBC
TV Personality: Steven Maxwell, KALB-TV
Theatre Performance in 2020: Lion King, Jr., Lagniappe Theatre Company