A closer look at the BPT’s Readers’ Choice winners for 2017

Ballots were marked, votes were tallied, and the results are in!

Once again, readers have picked their favorites in the Bossier Press-Tribune’s annual Readers’ Choice special section. Voting was open during the months of December 2016 and January 2017 via ballots printed in the newspaper and published online.

Categories range from favorite places to eat, shop and experience Bossier. After the ballots were tallied, the top 3 vote getters are presented with certificates to display in their place of business.

“Readers’ Choice is always a great edition,” Specht Newspapers, Inc. President and CEO David Specht, Jr. said. “Not only does it recognize our readers’ favorites, but it also introduces us to some businesses and individuals we may not otherwise know. Readers’ Choice is one of my favorite editions of the year.”

Taking home first in the hamburger category and second in french fries is Twisted Root Burger Co. Owner Grant Nuckolls, who opened the Bossier City location in July 2016, said he’s flattered and honored to be recognized by the community.

“We certainly pride ourselves on serving the best quality beef, which are fresh and never frozen,” Nuckolls said. “We take a good product like that and combine it with good people cooking it to give you a product you enjoy. It all starts with that quality product.”

Nuckolls thanked the public for their continued support and for the recognition in this year’s Readers‘ Choice.

“We’re locally owned and operated. We employ locals in our restaurant. We love the citizens of Bossier, our local government and our military,” Nuckolls said. “We thank them and the readers for their continued support. We’re here for the long haul and we’ll do our best to keep serving a great burger.”

Twisted Root Burger Co. is located at 2578 Airline Drive near the Kroger Marketplace.

Winner of the church category is First Bossier. Senior Pastor Brad Jurkovich was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the First Bossier family.

First Baptist Bossier is committed to leading people on a life changing journey to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

“We love our city and are so thankful for the support for all God is doing in and through the ministries of First Bossier! We can’t wait to see how God will work in people’s lives this year,” Jurkovich said.

Continuing their winning streak for favorite high school are the Airline Vikings, who have won 18 out of 18 years. Principal Jason Rowland was also voted favorite principal.

“Pride is key for us. We embrace our community in the things that we do as part of the standard that was set even before I got here,” Rowland said. “That’s part of the success that this school was built on. When you have good people in a fantastic community, you have success.”

Rowland continued, “We appreciate the support this community gives to our school. We recognize the high standard of excellence that our community wants us to provide and we work diligent daily to do that for our kids. We provide more than just an education for our students. They are getting an experience.”