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Small staff, good food, and southern hospitality are the main factors of Mom & Pop shops and sometimes finding them can be hard. But, don’t stress! Just fill your stomach with some of our favorite Mom & Pop shops near you:
Cafe Old Vienna: 3901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
In the mood to try something new? Get your schnitzels, wursts, and fresh bread served with friendly service at Cafe Old Vienna. Here, classic Austrian and German dishes are prepared by Viennese natives. And their dedication to recreating real Viennese cuisine hasn’t gone unnoticed. Just last year, Myrtle Beach Online featured an article praising the restaurant for their commitment to cooking authentic European foods. Plus, be sure to check out their noteworthy beer garden and sample all six German beers on tap for just $12.95.
Must try: 3-course menu special for $19.97
Ciao! Italian Restaurant & Deli: 5223 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
This place features splendid Italian lunches and dinners with a cozy atmosphere for guests. Ciao serves up Italian classics like walnut ravioli and veal parmesan. They’re especially known for their pastas (served gluten-free if needed!). But, they don’t stop there. The restaurant also has seafood specials, like crab cakes. And their extensive wine list will be sure to help you de-stress as you dine on these hearty meals.
Must try: the pasta! (it’s homemade)
Martin’s Restaurant 7200 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Chef Martin offers diners a wide variety of foods as a reflection of the chef’s globe-trotting lifestyle. Open for breakfast and dinner, each meal is prepared “specially for You” at Martin’s. Unique meals, from frog legs to escargot, pair perfectly with the European-inspired wine list. And if you couldn’t find a babysitter, don’t fret. The cuisine is mostly upscale, but the restaurant’s atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly.
Must try: Bananas Foster
Simply Southern Smokehouse 1913 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach
Bring the whole family (and maybe even a few neighbors) to Simply Southern Smokehouse and make the most of the all-you-can-eat buffet lunch or dinner. The cuisine offered is best described as “soul food” inspired by the Lowcountry. The atmosphere is kid-friendly, with staff members even creating balloon animals for the youngest members of the family. Roll up to Simply Southern Smokehouse, located in a repurposed farmhouse, with an empty belly and ready to have some fun.
Must try: Chicken & Dumplings with Peach Cobbler for dessert (but it’s a buffet, so you might as well try it all!)