Mammy's Kitchen for Home Cooking

1010 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2006.

Mammy's Kitchen

Mammy's (see map) opened in 1954, and I feel like I've been eating there (from time to time) all of my life. It is definitely a Myrtle Beach institution, a reliable old workhorse of a diner/restaurant. The food is reasonably priced, the servings generous, the vibe casual '50s.

On our recent visit there my husband ordered Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garlic Toast, and Salad ($7.50). The spaghetti sauce tasted good, though mild. The pretty orange slice on his plate (and ours, too) added a “gourmet-ish” touch.

Our son Jonathan selected the Fried Fish Sandwich with Onion Rings ($6.50). Lots of diner-style grease, but okay by him.

Sarah picked the 2-Piece Fried Chicken ($6.50) with a choice of sides. She chose a tossed salad and mashed potatoes with gravy. The batter on the chicken was overly brown, but nicely crispy rather than soggy. The meat of the thigh was moist, but the breast was a bit dry. The potatoes were smooth and creamy; the gravy paired nicely with the flavor of the potatoes.

I ordered Broiled Filet of Fish ($11.00), hoping for a healthful entree, but I should have specified “no butter” because it was practically swimming in it. (I sent back all the butter and sour cream you see in the photo.) I also had a tossed salad, which was fine, and a slightly aged baked potato.

Even though nothing we had was outstanding, just being at Mammy's Kitchen was fun, our waitress was efficient, and we certainly didn't go away hungry.

Mammy's Kitchen

Tossed salad with blue cheese dressing.

Mammy's Kitchen

Spaghetti with meat sauce.

Mammy's Kitchen

Filet of fish.

Mammy's Kitchen

Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

Mammy's Kitchen

Fried fish sandwich and onion rings.