Start Your Day With One of Our Favorite Eateries Along the Grand Strand
by Melissa LaScaleia
Health gurus, athletes, doctors, and mammas everywhere agree: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not get yours at one of any number of the Grand Strand’s most notable breakfast spots?
This month, to ensure everyone gets their foodie-fix, we’ve polled our Insider team and compiled fifteen of our favorite breakfast haunts up and down the Grand Strand. Some are bastions of traditional breakfast fare, some are artisanally focused and delight us with their ethics and quality of their ingredients. But this much is true: all found a way into our hearts and onto this list for one reason or another.
The below are numbered in no particular order. Don’t forget that menus, hours, and offerings are subject to change, so research before you visit if precision is your passion. Happy feasting…
Called the “Toastery with the Moastery,” this all-day breakfast venue located in Carolina Forest understands that sometimes you want to start your day with a burger or salad, or an omelet and waffles.
At this franchise, you really can have it all. They believe food should be both decadent and nutritious, uncompromisingly fresh, with service that’s as satisfying as the menu— and they deliver on their philosophy.
Hass avocados, house-made corned beef hash, breakfast pizza, all the classics, and gluten-free French toast too, served in an atmosphere designed to bring great food and great people together. They also believe that giving back is not only a great way to launch each day, it’s also a great way to launch a Famous Toastery. Each time one opens, they donate 100% of the first two days’ proceeds to local non-profit organizations.
The décor inside of this Carolina Forest sub and bagel shop is sure to awaken pride in every passionate Southern-sports enthusiasts’ heart.
They feature overstuffed lunch sandwiches packed with Boar’s Head meats; half and whole subs (which they can make 3 feet long); cold and hot specialty sandwiches; breakfast sandwiches; and of course, as their eponymous name indicates— bagels.
They carry plain, sesame, poppy, everything, cheddar, salt, multigrain, cinnamon raisin, blueberry, chocolate chip, egg, egg everything, onion, garlic, and jalapeño cheddar. Or, try a bagel pizza, or a French toast bagel. They have daily specials, and you can call ahead to pre-order.
For more than twenty-eight years, the Golden Egg has been providing good old-fashioned breakfasts to their loyal crowd of supporters and visitors who find their way to this restaurant’s doors— and they’re still going strong.
The Golden Egg believes that there’s no shortcuts when it comes to great food. This humble local spot is sure to warm your heart and your belly with their classics like French toast, waffles, home fries, bacon and sausage.
As their sign declares— Eat more pancakes.
Award-winning chef Jamie Daskalis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in baking and pastry. Jamie grew up in the restaurant industry in her native NY, and has worked in the restaurant business for 20 years. Today, she is proud to be a part of our amazing Myrtle Beach community. She was recently awarded “Best Chef” from South Carolina Woman’s Magazine and Grand Strand Magazine, and is excited for the release of her first cookbook this year, Making It Delicious.
Jamie works everyday to ensure that her customers get the best possible experience at her three locations. She is constantly revamping recipes to deliver outstanding culinary creations. Her dedication to creating new recipes to entice your palette shows in some of her specialties: the red velvet waffles are made from a red velvet cake batter, drizzled with cream cheese icing, and topped with cinnamon sugar and butter.
The coconut banana French-toast-waffles are dipped in vanilla bean custard, grilled, and topped with fresh bananas, coconut, cinnamon sauce and cinnamon sugar. The crab & shrimp omelet is dressed with Havarti dill cheese seasoned with a salt water seasoning and drizzled with a seafood remoulade sauce. Yum!
Jamie loves hanging out in the dining room, learning about her guests’ experiences and listening to their feedback. She is a passionate advocate for Autism Awareness, and hosts sensory friendly events at Johnny D’s throughout the year.
Known for a cosmopolitan atmosphere and universal cuisines, this chic night-time dinner venue is just as famous for their sumptuous organic breakfasts.
They serve all varieties of eggs Benedict, and healthy options like oatmeal and fresh fruit, wild caught smoked salmon omelet, and avocado toast.
Two blocks from the oceanfront, with tranquil river views and Buddha décor, this laid-back but beautifully energized spot is a great choice to start your day on track. Offering early bird senior discounts.
The locals and bikers all know about the breakfast buffet on Sundays at this iconic biker bar. Sometimes it’s so crowded you might think they’re the only game in town. All proceeds benefit local charities, earning it a place in our hearts.
Spearheaded by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz, a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist, and voted Food and Wine Magazine’s “Peoples Best New Chef, New York,” Eric brings patrons Tupelo Honey
Southern-inspired dishes that are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season.
It’s always sunny and then some at this franchise specializing in, you guessed it, eggs prepared every which way. Here, eggs are always farm fresh, hand cracked, and cooked to order. But they also feature Southern staples like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and the ever-pervasive avocado toast.
Trying to feed your family before you all head out the door for the day? Try one of their family bundles which serve 4-6, or a take & bake casserole composed of sausage, hash browns, eggs and cheese, which you can heat up yourself at home. They also offer an extensive kids menu from which you can mix and match from a huge array of options sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. And… they deliver.
Located in the Market Common, this delightful café offers crepes of every variety—from sweet to savory to truly decadent; and witnessing them being created in front of you is reason enough to head here if the myriad of flavors isn’t enough to entice you.
This is not a fast food establishment, as owner Larry Ware prides himself on delivering a quality product, so don’t expect a grab-and-go dining experience.
This tiny bakery does exactly what they promise— bringing a little bit of France to you. All those who have been to France will taste the authenticity in every bite of what is served up here, leaving you to marvel in delight, how do they do it?
Don’t let the small menu dissuade you— each dish is expertly crafted and utterly fabulous.
Authentic crepes, salads, sandwiches, and an array of breads and pastries— which, with one bite, will have you abandoning any foolish notions you ever harbored about cutting back on carbs.
Oscillating between the indulgently sinful and brimming-with-health, the options at this breakfast spot can satisfy any culinary preference. They feature dishes like eggs Benedict with crab or salmon, biscuits & gravy with fresh sausage, gourmet omelets, steel cut oats and kale omelets.
Amp up the pure indulgence and add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to any dish. Kahlua or Bailey’s in your breakfast coffee anyone?
Here they say, we’re all in. And so are we.
The shores of Pawley’s Island and the bellies of passionate brunch diners are blessed by the expert cooking of chef and co-owner Adam Kirby, who recently took top honors at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.
After his intense culinary training, Adam spent years traveling the country while working for a number of renowned restaurants including: Stars, in San Francisco; Spice Canoe and the Terrace Hotel, in Atlanta; and the Gasthaus Restaurant at the Widmer Brewery, in Portland.
With Rustic Table, he and co-owner/restaurateur Anne Hardee, have successfully merged all of his culinary influences and created a diverse, Southern menu delivered in an upscale venue.
Starters like rustic tomato-basil soup; barbecue beef brisket nachos; mini crab cakes; crispy fried chicken livers; nana’s brie and pear honey; and angry gator bites will leave you primed for the equally fabulous mains and desserts.
With twenty years of cooking experience under his built, the chef of Hot Stacks Cafe is excited to present his vision. All ingredients are sourced from local farmers markets when available; and premium ingredients are always used.
They serve Applewood, nitrate-free and antibiotic-free bacon; grass-fed antibiotic and hormone-free beef and chicken; wild caught salmon; and organic veggies when available.
Come try their own breakfast renditions including pancakes, crepes, French toast, waffles, omelets, eggs Benedict, breakfast sandwiches, craft burgers, and build-your-own combos.
For over 25 years, Croissants has been a favored local’s spot. Serving delicious breakfast options with Southern hospitality in a charming environment, chef-owner Heidi Vukov was recently honored as the SC Restaurateur of the Year and SC Chef Ambassador.
Here, she strives to blend the freshest ingredients with exceptional customer service in order to create an unforgettable experience for each and every guest.
Croissants has an eclectic variety of options to satisfy simple and complex palettes alike. They are famous (or infamous) for their bananas foster French toast, and have traditional classics like pancakes and eggs Benedict. All their coffee is freshly roasted in-house.
Mammy’s Kitchen is a classic American diner (bedecked with the characteristic booths and tables) as well as a Myrtle Beach icon— standing on the same downtown location since 1953. Although the owners and menus have changed over the years, the name has remained a fixture.
Dubbed a quintessential mom-and-pop, put this on your itinerary for a dose of tradition and to get your retro-fix on.
Mammy’s features an all-you-can-eat full breakfast buffet too, so go when you’re hungry.