The South is famous for its hospitality, its love of football, and its good eats. The River Region is home to a wide variety of restaurants, both new and old. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger, a light salad, or a delectable dessert, you’re sure to find something in Montgomery that will satisfy your cravings.

Create-Your-Own: Pieology is the perfect place to get creative with your meal. Build your own pizza with the freshest ingredients, and watch as it cooks in less than five minutes! Even though there are over 78 billion pizza possibilities, you only pay a flat price for unlimited toppings. Pieology is conveniently located next to Whole Foods, across from the Shoppes at Eastchase.

Classic Southern Fare: Newcomers to the South may not be familiar with the standard “meat and three” meal. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a plate featuring a protein, such as chicken or a pork chop, along with three sides of your choice, usually ranging from collard greens and field peas to mac n’ cheese and fried green tomatoes. Check out SweetCreek Farm Market in Pike Road, or Sundown East on Atlanta Highway for a taste of classic southern staples. Martin’s in Old Cloverdale is famous for having some of the best fried chicken in the South! Another southern food must-have is chicken salad. Chicken Salad Chick offers fifteen different varieties of the traditional southern entree for which it was named. Try the “Classic Carol”, or maybe the “Fruity Fran” if you’re feeling adventurous!

Sweet Treats: Founded by Fred and Nita Johnson, Little Red Cupcake is famous for their (you guessed it!) red velvet cupcakes. The options don’t end there, though. Their available flavors include German Chocolate, Strawberry Shortcake, and Classic Vanilla, plus tons more! Stop by their store in downtown Montgomery for a sugar rush and a pick-me-up.

Family Outings: Montgomery is chock-full of great restaurant options that are perfect for the entire family. Newk’s Eatery is fresh, fast, and conveniently located on Vaughn Road. Their menu offers a variety of crisp salads, hearty soups, and robust sandwiches. On pizza night, round up the crew and visit a local pizzeria that will surpass your expectations. Midtown Pizza Kitchen is a great option if you’re in the mood for thin-crust artisan pizzas and authentic Italian pasta dishes.

Score One for the Home Team: Priority number one for sports fans in a new city is finding the best sports bar to watch the big game. Check out Blackfinn Ameripub in EastChase before the next coin toss! Besides their dozens of TVs, they have over one hundred menu items, great beer, and friendly fans! Dreamland BBQ is home to some of the South’s best hickory-grilled barbecue, as well as plenty of TVs for watching sports. Stop in at their location downtown and order something delicious. In the mood for dessert? Their banana pudding is to die for!

Meg Lewis makes the most of her position as the Director of Tourism & Special Projects for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau by becoming a regular at as many local dining establishments as possible. She coordinated the first EatMGM Restaurant week in 2015.