Southern Cooking Stays True to Its Roots in Myrtle Beach

There are three kinds of Southern cuisine that are commonplace on the Grand Strand - country cooking, Lowcountry cooking and soul food. Newcomers may not notice the subtle differences at first, especially since there are a lot of crossover dishes, but Southern-cooking connoisseurs can tell chicken bog from pilau - both rice dishes with similar ingredients but distinctly different for longtime lovers of Coastal Carolina cuisine.

Country cooking is more traditional and familiar to visitors. Fried chicken, grilled pork chops, chicken-fried steak with sides of mashed potatoes and gravy and other vegetables. Long-standing institutions like Mammy's Kitchen and The Shack know how to put out a spread just like grandma used to make.

Lowcountry cooking is specific to the Coastal Carolina area and features some of the treasures from the area's tidal creeks and swamps, such as crab cakes, shrimp and grits and she-crab soup. The influences of Gullah and plantation culture combined with traditional Southern fare to create a unique taste. Webster's in Pawleys Island serves the best around.

Soul food also takes a page from the Gullah cookbook with some comfort-food classics, like fresh oysters, mac and cheese, collard greens and more. Big Mike's is the place to feed your face with soul food. Of course, the ultimate Southern food, barbecue, is available at many of these country cooking hot spots.

North Myrtle Beach


This family-owned and operated barbecue joint is a popular spot among locals who like their smoked meat with all the Southern-flavored trimmings. Not only will you get the great taste of true Carolina pork barbecue, slow cooked over hickory...  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



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



Rock 'n roll was born in the Deep South, and the House of Blues reflects its roots both with its music and its food. This soul-food restaurant and music hall offers everything from Cajun-inspired jambalaya to Memphis-style ribs and barbecue....  Read More

Locals Corner


Just look for the huge, colorful sign out front, and you'll know that you've found Locals. A light and airy atmosphere awash in white serves as the backdrop for a menu that dishes up traditional American eats. Open for breakfast and lunch,...  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

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

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

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