Announcing the 2023 Reader Rankings

Lance Traweek//June 30, 2023


The votes have been cast and the results are in from CityBusiness readers. Businesses have been deemed the best of the best in the New Orleans area.


The seventh annual Reader Rankings gives a glance at the companies and services that CityBusiness readers have rated highly across a wide range of categories. Our intention is that this provides the opportunity to select the services that can aid you running your business more efficiently.


CityBusiness’ 2023 Reader Rankings survey prompted responses from 3,568 business professionals from across the New Orleans area. Over 17,302 votes were cast. The survey included a nomination round, followed by a voting period that generated three winners in each subcategory. One business was ranked as the top winner.


Through these rankings, we hope to keep our finger on the pulse of our readership.


We appreciate our readers’ engagement by taking the time to cast their votes for the ones which they feel best serve the local marketplace.


Please consider participating in next year’s survey to help us find the services that can help your business be the best it can be.


This year’s winners are:




Best architectural firm


TOP WINNER Woodward Design+Build

WINNER Blitch Knevel Architects Inc.

WINNER EskewDumezRipple


Best engineering firm


TOP WINNER Woodward Design+Build


WINNER Duplantis Design Group, PC


Best general contractor


TOP WINNER Ryan Gootee General Contractors

WINNER Impetus, A Palmisano Company

WINNER Woodward Design+Build


Best home builder


TOP WINNER Burk Construction and Development

WINNER Hotard General Contracting

WINNER Schmidt Homes Inc.


Best landscape company



WINNER RCI – Rotolo Consultants Inc.

WINNER TPG – The Plant Gallery


Best shoring company


TOP WINNER  Abry Brothers Inc.

WINNER Davie Shoring Inc.

WINNER Roubion Shoring & Construction




Best charter school


TOP WINNER Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

WINNER Benjamin Franklin High School

WINNER Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans


Best four-year college


TOP WINNER Louisiana State University

WINNER The University of New Orleans

WINNER Tulane University


Best law school J.D. program


TOP WINNER Loyola University College of Law

WINNER LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center

WINNER Tulane Law School


Best MBA program


TOP WINNER The University of New Orleans

WINNER Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business

WINNER Louisiana State University


Best private elementary school


TOP WINNER St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School

WINNER St. Dominic School

WINNER St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic School


Best private secondary school


TOP WINNER Mount Carmel Academy

WINNER Brother Martin High School

WINNER St. Mary’s Dominican High School


Best two-year college


TOP WINNER Delgado Community College

WINNER Nunez Community College

WINNER River Parishes Community College




Best bank


TOP WINNER Hancock Whitney

WINNER Fidelity Bank

WINNER Metairie Bank


Best credit union


TOP WINNER New Orleans Firemen’s Federal Credit Union

WINNER Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union

WINNER Keesler Federal Credit Union Metairie Branch


Best life insurance agency/company


TOP WINNER Eagan Insurance Agency

WINNER Northwestern Mutual

WINNER Pan-American Life Insurance Group


Best mortgage company



WINNER Gulf Coast Bank Home Loans

WINNER Standard Mortgage Corporation


Best property & casualty insurance agency


TOP WINNER Eagan Insurance Agency

WINNER State Farm

WINNER TWFG Insurance of Covington


Best savings banks/savings & loan


TOP WINNER Fifth District Savings Bank

WINNER Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union

WINNER Eureka Homestead


Best stock & bond brokerage firm


TOP WINNER Morgan Stanley

WINNER Edward Jones

WINNER Fidelity Investments




Best accounting firm


TOP WINNER LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors

WINNER Bourgeois Bennett

WINNER Wegmann Dazet


Best auto dealer


TOP WINNER Ray Brandt Auto Group

WINNER Lamarque Ford

WINNER Lexus of New Orleans


Best charter service


TOP WINNER Limousine Livery Ltd

WINNER Alert Transportation LLC

WINNER Louisiana Motor Coach, Inc.


Best courier & delivery service



WINNER Amazon Distribution Center – Elmwood



Best employment agency


TOP WINNER TekChix Staffing & Consulting

WINNER Adeeta Staffing

WINNER Complete Logistical Services


Best jeweler


TOP WINNER Aucoin Hart Jewelers

WINNER Mignon Faget

WINNER Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers


Best women owned business


TOP WINNER Fleurty Girl

WINNER Adeeta Corporate Staffing

WINNER Cindy Hebert Photography, LLC




Best acute care hospital


TOP WINNER Children’s Hospital New Orleans

WINNER East Jefferson General Hospital

WINNER St. Tammany Parish Hospital


Best cardiologist


TOP WINNER Carl (Chip) J. Lavie

WINNER Farhad Aduli

WINNER Mark Effron


Best cosmetic or plastic surgeon



WINNER Jules Walters

WINNER Kamran Khoobehi


Best diagnostic imaging center


TOP WINNER DIS Diagnostic Imaging Services

WINNER Ochsner Imaging Center

WINNER Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion at St. Tammany Health System


Best emergency room


TOP WINNER Children’s Hospital New Orleans

WINNER East Jefferson General Hospital

WINNER University Medical Center New Orleans


Best health & fitness center


TOP WINNER Planet Fitness

WINNER New Orleans Athletic Club

WINNER Stone Creek Health Club and Spa


Best health maintenance organization


TOP WINNER Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana


WINNER UnitedHealthcare


Best mental health care facility


TOP WINNER River Oaks Hospital

WINNER Children’s Hospital New Orleans

WINNER Lakeview Regional Medical Center


Best obstetrician & gynecologist


TOP WINNER Katherine M. Swing

WINNER Angela Marie Parise

WINNER Vicki Steen


Best physical therapist


TOP WINNER Head to Toe Physical Therapy and Wellness, LLC

WINNER Crane Rehab Center

WINNER Crescent City Orthopedics


Best preferred provider organization


TOP WINNER Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

WINNER Humana Inc.

WINNER UnitedHealthcare


 Best retirement community


TOP WINNER Christwood Retirement Community

WINNER Lambeth House

WINNER Poydras Home


Best third-party administrator


TOP WINNER Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana


WINNER United Healthcare




Best information technology company


TOP WINNER Universal Data Inc

WINNER Bellwether Technology Corporation

WINNER Courant (Formerly Rent-A-Nerd)


Best telecommunication company




WINNER Uniti Fiber




Admiralty & Maritime


TOP WINNER Blue Williams, LLC

WINNER King & Jurgens LLC

WINNER Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC


Family Law


TOP WINNER Blue Williams, LLC

WINNER Crescent City Law, L.L.C.




TOP WINNER Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC

WINNER Magdalen Blessey Bickford –McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

WINNER Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn LLP




TOP WINNER Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC

WINNER Leake & Andersson

WINNER Melchiode Marks King LLC


Personal injury


TOP WINNER Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC

WINNER Bono Law Firm, APLC

WINNER Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers


Real estate


TOP WINNER Robert Bergeron, The Law offices of Bergeron, Douglass, Frosch & Mack

WINNER Blue Williams, LLC

WINNER Steeg Law Firm, LLC




Best commercial leasing company


TOP WINNER NAI Latter and Blum

WINNER Corporate Realty

WINNER SRSA Commercial Real Estate


Best commercial property management company


TOP WINNER Rampart/Wurth Holding, LLC

WINNER Property One

WINNER SRSA Gulf South Management


Best commercial real estate agent


TOP WINNER Glennda Bach

WINNER Randie Leggio, Latter & Blum

WINNER Reed Wiley/NAI Latter & Blum


Best office building


TOP WINNER One Canal Place

WINNER Benson Tower

WINNER Energy Centre


Best residential real estate agent


TOP WINNER Glennda Bach

WINNER Joey Walker, Rêve | Realtors

WINNER Tammy M. Whitehead


Best residential real estate company


TOP WINNER Latter & Blum

WINNER McEnery Residential

WINNER Rêve | Realtors


Best title company


TOP WINNER Crescent Title

WINNER Bayou Title

WINNER Title Management Group




Best attraction


TOP WINNER The National WWII Museum

WINNER Audubon Zoo

WINNER City Park


Best event & meeting facility


TOP WINNER New Orleans Museum of Art

WINNER New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

WINNER Southern Hotel


Best hotel


TOP WINNER The Roosevelt New Orleans

WINNER Hotel Monteleone

WINNER Windsor Court Hotel


Best independent caterer


TOP WINNER Messina’s Catering & Events

WINNER Caluda’s Cottage Catering

WINNER Pigèon Catering & Events


Best restaurant for a power lunch


TOP WINNER Drago’s Metairie

WINNER Boulevard American Bistro

WINNER Galatoire’s


Best restaurant for brunch


TOP WINNER Commander’s Palace

WINNER Brennan’s

WINNER Ruby Slipper Cafe


Best restaurant for fine dining


TOP WINNER Commander’s Palace

WINNER Galatoire’s


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