“They call me sunshine,” said Maria Pulliam, owner of Ria’ly Ria’s. It didn’t take us long to see why. “I’m a busy little bee,” she explained.
Cooking is Maria’s hobby, and her chili parlor her dream.
“I specialize in chili, chitlins, wings. Big AZZ juicy burgers. Slaw dogs. I have pork chops, catfish, potato salad, coleslaw, green beans, umm. Greens. A little bit of everything. Soul food,” said Maria.
She’ll tell it to you straight, she believes her food is some of the best in town, and that’s because it all has a very important ingredient. “In my food, I put all of this in it,” she said laughing and pointing to herself. “They’re getting all of me. Yes, I do, I cook with love, I do.”
She opened her business on West Market Street, hoping to use her cooking for good.
“And when they taste it, they taste the love,” helping her bring her sunshine to everyone she meets. “It’s just really been love down here. I show a lot of love and my customers show a lot of love, so it’s been wonderful,” said Maria.
If you’d like to eat at Ria’s, it’s located at 3406 W Market Street. Hours are Tuesday-Wednesday 2pm-10pm and Thursday-Saturday 12:00 pm – 9 pm.