Cozy Up to Comfort-Food Cooking in Myrtle Beach

Remember how mom's home cooking made everything all right? Nothing else seemed to matter when there was something good cooking on the stove. That's the magical power of good home-cooking, but you don't have to go home to get it.

Myrtle Beach and the surrounding Grand Strand area are lined with restaurants serving some of the same sweet meals your momma made. Country-fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy mac and cheese and crispy fried okra are just a few of the tasty morsels on the menu at some of the Strand's coziest comfort-food eateries.

Hungry enough to eat a horse but prefer some more traditional cuisine? Load up at one of the many country buffets that put out a massive spread like a big family meal. Mammy's Kitchen, Magnolia's at 26th and Prosser's BBQ are among the many all-you-can-eat buffets in the area, but three of the few that offer authentic home cooking.

For slightly smaller portions but an equal amount of love in each dish, check out Big Mike's for some soulful soul food or The Shack for some real country cooking. From old-school cafes like Hoskins to the more polished themed restaurants like the House of Blues, the Strand has you covered when it comes to home cooking. Grab a fork and see for yourself.



Little River has its share of upscale, seafood and waterfront dining, but sometimes you just need a cozy place to stuff your face with some good country cooking. Mama Jean's is that kind of place. Serving breakfast and lunch six days a week in...  Read More

Hog Heaven BBQ
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The sign says BBQ but the buffet goes the extra mile to include some of the best homestyle cooking on the South Strand. Also serving Lowcountry barbecue at it's best, Hog Heaven also does fresh local seafood and vegetables just like momma used...  Read More



Webster's offers more than great country cooking; a meal at this Pawleys Island institution is an experience in itself. Surrounded by live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, the setting is ideal for Lowcountry cuisine. Start with sherry-laced...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach


If you're staying on the North Strand and have tired of the big crowds and long waits at the more high-profile, "touristy" spots, then why not give a local fav like Hoskins a shot? Located just up the street from the world-famous Fat Harold's...  Read More

Prosser's Bar-B-Q
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This family-owned and operated eatery has been serving sweet barbecue and country cooking since 1953, and for good reason. Not only does Prosser's do barbecue the good ol' Southern way - slow smoked over hickory coals to perfection - it also...  Read More



This restaurant and music hall offers Cajun fare and Southern cuisine with an upscale twist. Fried catfish, jambalaya and ribs are among the Southern treats on the lineup, along with sides such as sweet potatoes, grits and more. The HOB also...  Read More

The Shack
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Known for generations as the Biscuit Shack, this North Myrtle Beach institution is under new management with the same familiar country classics. The new crew kept the spirit of the old place alive - great Southern cooking and friendly service -...  Read More

Magnolia's at 26th
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Located on the ground floor of a hotel convention center, this restaurant draws lots of locals who only venture downtown in the summer months if there's something really good waiting for them. This buffet-style eatery serves three hots a day,...  Read More

Big Mike's


Soul food doesn't get much more soulful than a Big Mike's, which features classic Southern cooking mixed with Southern hospitality to create a special place for locals and tourists alike. Named for owner and Myrtle Beach City Councilman Mike...  Read More

Mammy's Kitchen
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This downtown Myrtle Beach institution has been serving locals and tourists hot, home-style meals for 60 years, Mammy's is famous for its breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. From freshly prepared pancakes, eggs, fried potatoes, sausage and...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry