Best of 225 FAQ

How will the 2019 Best Of 225 Awards be chosen?

The winners of Best of 225 are selected by residents of the 225 area code. The process is broken into two rounds: nominations and voting.

In the first round, Capital Region residents were encouraged to nominate their favorite local businesses, people and things to do in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Nominations are now closed.

In the second round, the businesses and people who received the most nominations in each category are listed on the ballot.

The Best Of winners are announced in 225’s July 2019 Best Of 225 issue.

When are nominations and final voting?

Nominations were open Tuesday, Jan. 15, to Tuesday, Feb. 5. Voting opens Feb. 27 at our Hot off  the Press Voting Kick-off Party. It runs until March 27.

Where do I go to nominate and vote?


How many times can I nominate/vote?

Each person can nominate and/or vote for each category one time.

Why don’t you have a write-in option?

We do have a write-in option! The write-in option was offered during the first round of Best of 225, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 5. During that time period, all 225 residents could write in whatever businesses and people they feel deserve to be included on the ballot. If you missed the write-in round this year, we encourage you to make your voice heard next year.

Why don’t you have a category for ________________?

To try and keep Best of 225 fresh, we switch up our categories each year. We rotate out old categories, add a few new ones and bring back some old favorites each year. Just because we don’t have a category like Best Salon or Best Place to Workout this year doesn’t mean we won’t have it next year. Feel free to leave suggestions for new categories in the comments, and we’ll take them into consideration as we plan the 2020 awards.

How do I find out about the awards events?

There will be a kick-off party to launch voting Feb. 27. Come hang with us at BRQ Seafood & Barbeque to enjoy entertainment and complimentary passed appetizers. Most importantly: There will be voting stations around the restaurant so you can be the *first* to see the 2019 ballot and cast your votes for Baton Rouge’s best restaurants, bars, people, entertainment, shopping and services. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about the event here and RSVP here.

You can be among the first people in Baton Rouge to find out who won this year’s coveted Best of 225 awards at 225 Magazine’s Hot Off the Press party on Wednesday, June 26.

Along with celebrating this year’s winners, attendees will have the chance to experience one of the Capital City’s newest premier entertainment venuesRed Stick Social. Red Stick Social is located inside the newly renovated Electric Depot building at 1503 Government Street.

The party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a mix of jazz, funk & hip-hop tunes by the Michael Foster Project. Come and celebrate as we enjoy good food, drinks and music!

Stay tuned to find out more information on the event, and RSVP for your FREE tickets here. This event is sponsored by BTR Airlines.

How do I advertise in 225 magazine’s Best Of 225 awards issue?

Please contact Erin Pou at [email protected] for more information on advertising in 225 magazine.

How can I promote myself on social media or at my business for the awards?

We offer free images to download for promotional purposes here.

I have a question that is not answered here. How can I contact the magazine?

You can reach our team of editors at [email protected] for more info.