Best of Cenla 2011


Best of Cenla 2011The ballots are in, the votes have been tallied and Cenla has spoken!  Once again, you, the readers, 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.  We had record participation this year!  Of course, if one of your favorites didn’t win this year, it’s never too early to start pushing for 2012!  So, without further adieu, the 2011 Best of Cenla Reader’s Poll Award winners are:


Food and Drink

Barbeque Restaurant – Outlaw’s BBQ

Italian Restaurant – Johnny Carino’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 – Texas Roadhouse

Bartender (w/ Name of Bar) – Jamie Deville at Bellino’s

Breakfast Menu – IHOP

Lunch Menu – The Cottage

Happy Hour – Chili’s

Dessert – Atwood’s Bakery

Place to Eat After Church – Piccadilly

Coffee – Tamp & Grind

Margarita – Chili’s Presidente

Martini – Diamond Grill

Daiquiri – Jack’s

Steak – Outback Steakhouse

Hamburger – The Cottage

Salad – Spirits

Sandwich/Po-Boy – Critic’s Choice


Place to Jog/Walk – Compton Park

Place to Hunt/Fish – Saline Lake

Sporting Goods Store – Academy Sports

Gym/Workout Facility – The Courtyard

Golf Course – Oakwing

New Orleans Saints Player – Drew Brees

New Orleans Hornets Player – Chris Paul

Most Exciting Sports Moment of 2010 – Cotton Bowl

Local High School Athlete of 2010 (Name and School) – Cierra Fussell at Grant High

Local Coach (Name, Team and Sport) – Stephen Brooks, ASH Powerlifting


Elementary School (K-6) – Alexandria Country Day

Middle School (6-8) – Brame Middle School

High School (9-12) – ASH

Daycare – Calvary Baptist Church

Dance Studio – Rising Stars Dance Studio


Place to go Dancing – GG’s Club

Place to Hear Live Music – Spirits

Place for a Picnic – Indian Creek

Fair/Festival – Forest Hill Nursery Festival

Shopping and Services

Hospital – CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini

Bank Service – Red River Bank

Credit Union – La Capitol 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 – Walgreen’s

Music Store – Hasting’s

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

Real Estate Agent – Jamie Lemoine, Noles-Frye

Jeweler – KP Jewelers

Hair Salon – The Salon in Pineville

Barber Shop – Razor’s Edge

Auto Mechanic – Darrell’s Automotive

Lawn Service – Theils Maintenance

Place to Buy a Gift – Funky Fleur de Lis

Grocery Store – Kroger

Home & Garden Store – Lowe’s Home Improvement


Councilperson/Alderman (Name and City) – Harry Silver, Alexandria

State Legislator – Chris Roy, Jr.

Judge – Thomas Yeager

Example of Leadership in 2010 – Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy

Minister – Dr. B. David Brooks, Calvary Baptist Church

Doctor – Amy Babin, MD

Financial Advisor – John Carroll, Merrill Lynch

Arts and Media

Radio Talk Show – TalkBack 970

Radio Station – LA 103.5

Radio DJ – Randy James

TV Station – KALB

TV Personality – Tom Konvicka

Local Website –

Area Musician/Group – The Dots

Art Exhibit in 2010 – River Oaks

Local TV Commercial – Sayes Office Supply

Local Print Ad (Advertiser Name and Publication) – Mayo Photography

Local Billboard (Company Name and Location) – Red River Bank, Jackson Street in Alexandria

Theatre Performance– The Wizard of Oz, Holy Savior Menard Central High School