Even after 16 years, the Best of 225 Awards keep growing.

Capital Region residents impressed us this spring with their highest-ever voter turnout. More than 13,000 of you cast 263,410 votes on this year’s ballot at 225batonrouge.com. And it was all in an effort to support our city’s shops, restaurants, bars, events and people. This annual edition is dedicated to—and essentially produced by—Baton Rougeans. The 68 winners and runners-up on the following pages were nominated, championed and chosen by you.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, runners up and winners. Most of all, thank you, 225 readers, for a glimpse at how you see our city in 2021. This issue wouldn’t exist without you.

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How were winners selected?

Voting and nominations were open to all Capital Region residents during a two-part process on our website:

1. Write-in nominations: Participants nominated their favorite businesses and people on a fill-in-the-blank ballot. Nominations were open Jan. 6 to Feb. 10 this year.

2. Voting: The entities that received the most nominations were placed on the final ballot. Voting was open March 4 to April 8.

When will 2022 nominations and voting open?

Right after the new year kicks off in January! Subscribe to our newsletter, 225 Daily, for updates starting this fall.

Have more questions?

You’ll find our full FAQ at 225batonrouge.com/bestof225. We love talking to readers, too—send us an email at [email protected].

Want to show off your award?

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Click the links below to view previous years:

2020 Best of 225

2019 Best of 225
2018 Best of 225
2017 Best of 225
2016 Best of 225
2015 Best of 225
2014 Best of 225
2013 Best of 225

This article was originally published in the July 2021 issue of 225 magazine.