Big Mike’s Soul Food

Meat-and-Three | Soul Food
Worth a detour

A hungry first-time visitor to Myrtle Beach could get dizzy contemplating the endless restaurant choices, plain and fancy, tourist traps and hidden gems. Big Mike’s Soul Food isn’t exactly a hidden gem — locals know and love it — but it has the feel of a secret that in-the-know eaters keep to themselves.

It’s one of a kind, that’s for sure, a sign on the front door boasting Locally Owned, Locally Operated, Locally Cooked. The dining area is a quirky, multi-level space. The specials menu is a large, free-standing placard that a staff member brings to your table. Room tone is ebullient — the sound of happy eaters savoring a good meal in the right place.

There are plenty of burgers and sandwiches available, but the reason to come to Big Mike’s is to tuck into soul food standards that range from fried chicken and pork chops to peach cobbler and sweet potato pie for dessert.

It’s the crunchy-crusted chicken I’ll be coming back for — that and a trio of side dishes that come with it on the blue plate special. Choices include collards, yams, mac & cheese, fried okra, rice & gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and field peas. All blue plates come with a block of cake-sweet cornbread.

What to Eat
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Supersucculent dark meat chicken is Big Mike's signature.
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Chewy mac & cheese is more cakelike than creamy.
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Spicy-sweet sweet potatoes are fried chicken's boon companion.
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Sugary peach cobbler includes reefs of pastry.
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Cheeseburger
Burger is OK, but not on a par with Big Mike's traditional soul food.
Big Mike’s Soul Food, Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie is standard-issue.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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