The Grand Strand is known far and wide for its world-class array of food choices — and with 1,700-plus restaurants found our 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast, that should come as no big surprise. But, as with most folks living south of the Mason-Dixon line, residents of the Myrtle Beach area take particular pride in the area’s Southern culinary offerings.
The region can definitely hold its own when it comes to Southern specialties such as barbecue, fried chicken, shrimp n’ grits, fried green tomatoes, banana pudding and the like. So, the next time you and your vacation crew have a hankerin’ for some great Southern grub, check out one of these five top picks for Southern cooking in the Myrtle Beach area:
Magnolias at 26th — This locals’ favorite found on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach (and about 4 miles south of Ocean Reef Resort) attracts the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds with a buffet serving farm-fresh country classics, plus a robust menu of cooked-to-order seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers and more. Can’t-miss Southern delicacies here include the fried chicken, the fried okra and the crab cakes. See the full menu at magnoliasat26th.com.
Big Mike’s — Always living up to its motto, “good food at a fair price,” this family-owned restaurant located on 16th Avenue North in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach serves a range of cooked-to-order Southern specialties. Popular Southern items at Big Mike’s include fried fish, fried chicken, chicken bog, fried pork chops, BBQ ribs, collard greens, fried okra, baked mac & cheese, rice & gravy and cornbread. Explore the full menu at bmsoulfood.wpengine.com.
Mammy’s Kitchen — Serving “the best breakfast in Myrtle Beach since 1953,” this restaurant on North Kings Highway is known for its plentiful breakfast buffet and for its made-to-order Southern breakfast specialties like grits, biscuits & sausage gravy, hash browns, waffles and pancakes. The lunch menu here features hot favorites from the grill like burgers and cheesesteaks. Check out the full menu at mammyskitchen.com.
House of Blues — Found at North Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Barefoot Landing, the House of Blues is best known for the house-rockin’ concerts it presents regularly in its juke joint-themed music venue. But the Southern-soaked menu here is not to be overlooked, as specialties like Voodoo Shrimp, jambalaya, fried chicken, country-fried steak, Southern tacos and a range of BBQ choices can be a real treat for those craving Southern cooking. And for a uniquely Southern Sunday meal, check out the World Famous Gospel Brunch. Explore the full menu at houseofblues.com.
Prosser’s BBQ — This Murrells Inlet restaurant keeps the hungry diners coming back for more by offering an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with barbecued meats, fried seafood and Southern-cooked sides. Southern dishes regularly found on the lunch and dinner buffets include barbecue ribs, barbecue chicken, fried chicken, pork chops, mac & cheese, collard greens, chicken bog, chicken & dumplings, sweet potato soufflé, cobblers and more. Check out the full lineup at prossersbbq.com.
With such a wide variety of dining options available on the Grand Strand, guests at Ocean Reef Resort won’t have much trouble tracking down dishes that’ll hit the spot when hunger strikes. Book your oceanfront Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why Myrtle Beach is such a great destination for beach-loving food fanatics.