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Get a Taste of Real Southern Cooking at These 5 Grand Strand Restaurants

The Grand Strand is widely known for its world-class array of cuisines — and with 1,700-plus restaurants found our 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast, that should come as no real surprise to anyone who’s ever visited. 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 fare.

The Grand Strand 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:

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 — Offering an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with barbecued meats, fried seafood and Southern-cooked sides, this Murrells Inlet restaurant keeps the hungry diners coming back for more. 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.

Magnolias at 26th — Found on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach (and about 4 miles south of Long Bay Resort), this locals’ favorite 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 include the fried chicken, the fried okra and the crab cakes. See the full menu at magnoliasat26th.com.

Big Mike’s — Located on 16th Avenue North in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, this family-owned restaurant serves a range of cooked-to-order Southern specialties, always living up to its motto, “good food at a fair price.” Popular Southern items at Big Mike’s include fried chicken, fried fish, 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 hash browns, grits, biscuits & sausage gravy, waffles and pancakes. The lunch menu features hot dishes from the grill like burgers and cheesesteaks. Check out the full menu at mammyskitchen.com.

With such a wide variety of dining options available on the Grand Strand, guests at Long Bay Resort won’t have much trouble tracking down dishes that’ll hit the spot when hunger strikes. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why Myrtle Beach is such a great destination for beach-loving food fanatics.

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