The restaurant industry is notoriously challenging for both operators and investors. However, with the average American household spending more than $3,000 a year eating out, there’s opportunity to make money in the sector.

With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool contributors for restaurant stocks to buy this month. Read on to find out why McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ: PLAY), and Papa John’s (NASDAQ: PZZA) made the list.

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Chris Neiger (McDonald’s): Investors who’ve shied away from McDonald’s in the past need to take another look at this famous restaurant stock. The company’s share price gains of 35% over the past 12 months (compared to

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