Simply Southern Smokehouse BBQ & Country Buffet is at 1913 Mr. Joe White Ave. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 839-1913. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Setting the Table
Tammy Floyd bought the big buffet restaurant on Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach that used to specialize in cheap pizzas and has turned it into a glorious celebration of southern flavors now known as Simply Southern Smokehouse BBQ & Country Buffet.
The restaurant was originally The Filling Station, and then it became another pizza buffet called Home Plate Grille. It was empty several months before Floyd started turning it into a barbecue restaurant, and now the transformation is complete.
The restaurant’s public layout hasn’t changed much – it still has one large dining room with a handsome barn-like ambiance complete with massive wood beams in the ceiling – but boy oh boy the food is much better.
Down the Hatch
Southern food lovers will find plenty to like here, such as some of the best collards I’ve ever tasted. They are cooked with plenty of fatback, and the likker has a pleasant but not overpowering sweetness.
Also delicious is stewed okra and tomatoes, which has an extremely fresh flavor that isn’t hidden by seasonings.
As for the barbecue – Y.U.M. Floyd has two types of pulled pork barbecue on the line: one with white vinegar sauce, and one without any sauce. I tried the vinegar style and loved it. The vinegar twang has a pleasant kick without being too sour.
At the end of the buffet line are more sauces in squeeze bottles, for your condiment pleasure. Choices include mustard, hot vinegar, sweet barbecue and Texas Pete.
The buffet prices are (not including tax) are: lunch, $7.79; dinner, $10.10; children ages 4-6, $4.25; children ages 7-11, $6.25. Self-serve tea and soda is $1, and dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Extra items on the dinner buffet include ribs and macaroni and cheese.
More dishes on the buffet are stew beef, chicken bog, white rice, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, green beans, sweet potato casserole, coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, biscuits, mixed veggies, chicken pastry, corn, buttery peas, two kinds of brown gravy, okra, pickles, barbecue chicken, peach cobbler, cake, Oreo pudding and banana pudding.
While my friend and I were eating, an employee came around with a plate of barbecue that looked crispy. He said it’s a new dish that may be added to the menu as a sandwich: Fried Barbecue.
It was as good as it sounds. The meat had a delicate crunch, and about 10 seconds after swallowing there was a mellow back-of-the-palate spiciness.
If you’re a Grand Strand local, you may be “meeted and greeted” here. I saw about six friends enjoying the buffet.
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