Dani is a writer and actress who loves to learn and share tips and information to help others. She lives in Myrtle Beach, SC.
There is no shortage of breakfast joints in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The city is littered with them—you can find one on almost every other block in the main part of the tourist area. Unfortunately, not all of them are good. This curated list of yummy breakfast spots can help weed out the good from the bad.
1. Papa's Restaurant
Papa's is my absolute favorite place to eat breakfast in Myrtle Beach. This small local restaurant is easy to miss because it has a small footprint compared to all the large, blingy businesses around it. However, you don't want to leave town without eating here.
The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. I'm usually against buffets, but this one is a little more intimate than your typical buffet. They don't fill the pans to the brim. They have a constant rotation of fresh food. This means that fewer people have picked over it and it's always hot and fresh.
The hot buffet is Southern American food: grits, eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, hash, gravy, and more. The food is delicious, but what really impressed me was their fresh fruit buffet. I'm not talking a few apples and oranges in some baskets. They had a full assortment of fresh fruit: berries, cantaloupe, apples, bananas, pineapples, and more. You can tell they cut them fresh every day.
If that's not enough, they also offer a cold breakfast bar. They had a fair-sized selection of bagels, pastries, and cereal. The cold bar also has several types of bread for toast and a waffle station where you can make your own Belgian waffles.
With all that Papa's offers, they still keep the buffet at an affordable price. It's an excellent place for families to eat, especially if they're on a budget. Just remember, they have limited hours.
Address: 2005 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Daily 6:00 to 10:30 a.m.
2. Mammy's Kitchen
Mammy's Kitchen has been serving people in Myrtle Beach since the 1950s. This local restaurant is hard to miss—it's in a high-traffic area in town and next to one of the largest parking garages at the beach. Mammy's gets nothing but great reviews, and rightfully so because the food is amazing.
The buffet-style offerings here are made with Southern love. That's how you'll feel after leaving Mammy's with a belly full of the best breakfast around. The buffet is always kept neat and hot, and the food is always fresh because they constantly resupply it. This is mostly due to the fact that they're always packed and the food goes fast (don't worry, it's a large restaurant so they'll have space for you).
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Their buffet consists of your typical Southern breakfast foods: hash, bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, hashbrowns, toast, and so much more. They also have an incredibly fresh fruit buffet that you can't miss out on. And you can't leave without trying their freshly brewed sweet tea!
The atmosphere is laid back and has an almost vintage style without looking old or worn out. The staff is so friendly and makes you feel like they've known you forever. If you've ever wondered about Southern hospitality, go to Mammy's. They'll demonstrate it to you beautifully.
Like most breakfast places in Myrtle Beach, Mammy's Kitchen has limited hours.
Address: 1010 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3. The Golden Egg
Okay, technically this restaurant is in Surfside Beach, so it's south of all the main attractions in Myrtle Beach. However, it would be worth the drive because their food is excellent. Plus, it's a low-key atmosphere because it's away from all the tourists.
They truly have the best Belgian waffles I've ever eaten. In fact, their Belgian waffles are what keep me going back. Don't get me wrong—all the food is yummy, but for some reason I am in love with their waffles. I could eat them every day.
This little family-owned restaurant has been in business for over 30 years. They have a comfortable, intimate vibe that makes you feel at home. You can tell that a lot of their foods are homemade recipes rather than frozen, preprocessed foods. There is a bit of uniqueness about this restaurant, one of them being coffee mugs.
The first time I went there, I saw a ton of coffee mugs lining a wall. I thought they were for sale but turns out they were a part of what they call The Coffee Club. If you buy a coffee mug (they offer multiple designs), they keep it there on the wall and have its location filed under your name. They keep it clean and sanitized and it's there for you every time you go back. How neat is that?
The one improvement I would make here, and it's small, is that they don't have bottled water. I don't like the taste of the water in Surfside beach, but that's a personal taste issue. It doesn't mean you'll have that issue at all, so don't let a lack of bottled water stop you. Other than that, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
They serve breakfast and lunch. I've never had the chance to eat their lunch, but I have no doubt it's just as yummy as breakfast.
Address: 415 US-17 BUS, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Hours: 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
4. The Early Riser Diner
This breakfast spot is outside of the tourist area. It's in the midst of many local neighborhoods which means it's very affordable. For a tourist, it's a hidden gem. It's a small diner and on; weekends there is sometimes a line waiting out of the door, but if you have patience, you won't regret the wait.
The Early Riser Diner offers your typical diner-style breakfast and lunch foods. Their food is freshly made, and they make most of it from scratch. Unlike the above restaurants on the list, the food at the Early Riser Diner doesn't look "fancy". They don't have whipped cream and sprinkles in their coffee or sugar-loaded toppings for their waffles. However, the food tastes amazing. You don't need bells and whistles when the food speaks for itself.
The next point I want to make is portion size. They definitely give you a lot of food for your money. You may even end up with a to-go box after you're done. However, the food is so good you might just eat every bite. Make sure you have a really good appetite before you go.
It's a cozy little diner in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach. It's in a shopping plaza with a lot of other shops and stores that you may want to check out after you eat. There is a Food Lion grocery store, a Family Dollar, a cigar shop, a liquor store, a Mexican restaurant, an ice cream shop, and a cool bar among other things. You'll also find an urgent care center and a veterinarian if you're in need of those things.
Address: 4016 River Oaks Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Hours: Daily 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5. Joe's Diner by the Airport
It's easy to take one look at this restaurant and decide to keep going. It's not a fancy-looking place and it's in a bit of a remote area, away from most of the good stuff at the beach. In fact, if you don't know about it, you'd probably never go there.
This old diner has been in business for decades and you can find some of the best Southern breakfast and lunch here. It's a good, old-fashioned restaurant that sells good, old-fashioned food. Like the previous restaurant, they don't employ bells and whistles to sell their food. What you see is what you get and what you get is delicious. Everything they serve is homemade just like mama's in the kitchen.
I love the authenticity of their food. They have great sandwiches and even better coffee. If you want something more, their biscuits and gravy are to die for. Plus, to make it better their prices are amazing compared to other restaurants at the beach. The fact that they're a little out of the way means that you won't have to wait on a table and you're sure to get great customer service that will make you want to come back every day.
Joe's Diner by the Airport is located on Highway 17 bypass south, so getting to it can be a bit tricky. If you're coming from the main part of the beach, you're going to have to drive past it a few miles and get off the highway and do a u-turn to get back on the highway going in the other direction. Then you have to take an exit that is very easy to miss, so you really have to pay attention. If you miss the exit, you'll have to turn around and do the drive all over again.
Address: 2895 Fred Nash Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Why Not Try Them All?
One thing is for sure - when you come to Myrtle Beach, you gotta eat! Many hotels offer breakfast with your stay, but if yours doesn't give some of these restaurants a try. You definitely won't be disappointed. While you're at it, you could check out some of these great local places to shop. This way you'll get the full Myrtle Beach experience before you leave.