Tiger Chow: These great local restaurants will have you leaving full of War Eagle pride.

We Southerners cherish college football and the campus traditions that accompany it. When the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma go head-to-head during the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, you must fill up on Fletcher's Corny Dogs in order to root either team to victory. Tiger fans eagerly line up to roll Toomer's Corner andscream "War Eagle" every time Auburn posts a win. The ultimate tradition, though, takes place at Ole Miss in Oxford. Thousands of fans gather to picnic in the Grove and feast on gourmet spreads.

Amsterdam Café
Outstanding! Creative appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas. Affordable lunch, slightly pricey dinner (entrées $16-$29). Expect to wait on game day. 410 South Gay Street; (334) 826-8181. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Bizilia's Café
Get fresh and tasty wraps and sandwiches, all for less than $10. Make a reservation, or call ahead for tailgate platters and box lunches. 134 North College Street; (334) 826-0080. Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Mike & Ed's Bar-B-Q
Barbecue chicken to die for, with a tangy mustard-based sauce ($6.69 with two sides). Double up on their crispy, honey-sweet wings ($7.69 for 12). Barbecue plates $5.19-$10.59. Best bet is takeout. Place your order a couple of days ahead. 307 North College Street; (334) 501-1866. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Niffer's Place
Family restaurant as big as a barn. The huge menu includes tasty hot wings and enough burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and dinner options to keep everybody happy. Most items are less than $12. Fun, quirky, and packed to the gills on game days. Dine in, or pick up. 1151 Opelika Road (334) 821-3118. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Tenda Chick
An unassuming little spot with fabulous chicken fingers and dipping sauce, ideal for tailgating. Call during the week to place your game day order. Seven-piece chicken fingers $6.79. 232 North Dean Road; (334) 821-8543. Game day hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; regular hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday.