Best Places to get Good Country Cooking in Myrtle Beach

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Best Places to get Good Country Cooking in Myrtle Beach

You know the old saying about “When in Rome…”? Well, you’re not in Rome. You’re in Myrtle Beach, SC.

And when in South Carolina, eat as the South Carolinians eat. That means good Southern cooking and Lowcountry cuisine – pulled pork barbecue, deep-fried seafood, and vegetables so tasty they could serve as a meal themselves. Probably not the healthiest dishes, but you’re on vacation. Spoil yourself.

Here are some of the top spots on the Grand Strand for good country cooking and comfort food:

Big Mike's

Big Mike's

This soul food institution is hidden from kings Highway on 16th Avenue North. Owner “Big Mike” Chestnut and culinary goddess Queenie Bowens work some serious magic in the kitchen of this meat-and-three. Choose from fried pork chops, meat loaf, fried fish and more, and pick three veggies, such as the collard greens, lima beans and everybody’s favorite non-vegetable – mac and cheese.

The Shack

The Shack

For folks on the North Strand, this establishment serves three homestyle meals a day – from fresh country breakfasts to lunches and dinners like grandma used to make. Formerly known as “The Biscuit Shack,” the new owners still make great biscuits as well as all the other comfort foods that made this place famous. Save room for their famous ‘naner pudding.

Prosser's BBQ

Prosser's BBQ

Now this family restaurant knows how to make good barbecue – pork shoulders that are slow-smoked over hickory until it falls from the bone. Mixed with a vinegar-based sauce (sorry, no mustard-style here), Prosser’s BBQ also serves a long list of Southern favorites on the buffet. Have some fried chicken, country-style steak and chicken bog – a true South Carolina delicacy.

Hog Heaven BBQ

Hog Heaven BBQ

This Pawleys Island hot spot has all the great Southern classics under one roof: Fresh seafood prepared fried or grilled, pulled-pork BBQ with vinegar- or mustard-based sauces and a whole garden full of vegetables. Hushpuppies are also a house specialty for those who have yet to discover the wonders of fried dough.

Magnolia's at 26th

Magnolia's at 26th

Located in the lobby of an Ocean Boulevard hotel, Magnolia’s doesn’t look like a place where you would find home cooking. But take a stroll by the buffet and just try to keep from drooling. Fried chicken and pork chops, chicken bog and smothered steaks, and a wide selection of desserts await you.