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7 Spots for a Fulfilling Breakfast in Myrtle Beach

From egg Benedicts to fish and grits

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In Myrtle Beach, there’s nothing better than t-bone steaks, cheesy eggs, and a mimosa by the carafe to sooth the previous day’s shenanigans of dancing on the hotel balcony and slurping Blue Hawaiians out of pineapples on Ocean Boulevard. These restaurants will both rejuvenate and make diners never think of another IHOP or Waffle House breakfast again.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hi-Fi Coffee Bar

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918a S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-0022
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As customers sip their Guatemalan cold brew, they are also taking a glimpse five years into the Myrtle Beach culinary future, where (hopefully) eclecticism reigns over tradition, and people give a damn if the coffee is sourced from local roasters, and baristas take pride in their latte foam art. The place is always full of hipsters rummaging through the bin of vinyl records, buying merch to take back with them, and getting their fill of blueberry scones and sandwiches with bacon, egg and cheese on everything bagels.

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2. Croissants Bistro and Bakery

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3751 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-2253
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The croque madame at Croissants could very well be the reason chef Heidi Vukov was appointed as the 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador. Dining alfresco under the striped awning at a sidewalk table gives customers the feeling that they are dining at some cafe on the Rue Jean Baptiste Pigalle in Paris — not Robert Grissom Parkway. Croissant is so successful that it opened up a second location beside sister restaurant Hook & Barrel.

3. Donald's Pancake House

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2600 N Kings Hwy #3035
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 626-5941
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Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, go back and forth holding the title of having the most independently-owned pancake houses per person in the country. There’s a lot here: Harry’s, Olympic Flame, Hot Stacks; the list goes on and on. But it’s hard not to stop at Donald’s Pancake house when the words “FISH AND GRITS” flash onto the restaurant’s jumbotron. The fish is grouper filet; the grits are creamy; and all of it comes together with a mushroom and scallion gravy. And of course it is a pancake house so there are hundreds of other menu items that customers can butter up and pour syrup on.

Pancakes at Donald’s
Donald’s Pancake House

4. Magnolia’s At 26th

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2605 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-3993
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Magnolia’s is the most popular buffet on the beach that doesn’t do Calabash-style anything. The lunch buffet is beloved for pans of candied yams, collard greens, and piles of fried chicken glistening from behind the sneeze guard, but for the early birds, the breakfast buffet is like Shoney’s (in its heyday), but on steroids. For under 10 bucks, customers can get their fill of bacon, fluffy eggs, and buttermilk biscuits to hide with sausage gravy.

5. Johnny D’s Waffles, Myrtle Beach Location

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3301 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-6789
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Any morning driver pass by this converted Pizza Hut (the signature roof is the giveaway ) There’s a throng of people, standing, sitting on the curb, and salivating while waiting their turn to get inside Johnny D’s for country-fried steak and eggs. In the land of pancakes, chef Jamie Daskalis took another route focusing on red velvet and funfetti to be different and it has paid off tremendously.

Waffles at Johnny D’s
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6. Old Town Crepes

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4205 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 213-1879
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One of the few places in the state of South Carolina where khachapuri is a staple on the menu. The traditional Georgian meal of cheese-filled, boat-shaped bread with a fresh egg is a nod to the owner’s heritage. While the khachapuri is always tempting, there’s also crepes galore — selections with salmon or Nutella, and even one with bacon-wrapped shrimp. It sounds over the top but so what? This is Myrtle Beach, and it’s insanely delicious.

7. Drift

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980 A-6, Cipriana Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
(843) 879-4758
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The ocean-inspired aesthetic is so robust that it’s almost whimsical at Drift — but it works. Situated across the street from the posh Marina at Grand Dunes, Drift’s menu is just as rich as the decor. There’s French toast topped with flame-roasted Fuji apples and lobster egg Benedicts. Customers can opt for the built-a-omelette and the Paloma mimosa is a must.

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1. Hi-Fi Coffee Bar

918a S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Interior at Hi Fi
Hi Fi Coffee Bar/Facebook

As customers sip their Guatemalan cold brew, they are also taking a glimpse five years into the Myrtle Beach culinary future, where (hopefully) eclecticism reigns over tradition, and people give a damn if the coffee is sourced from local roasters, and baristas take pride in their latte foam art. The place is always full of hipsters rummaging through the bin of vinyl records, buying merch to take back with them, and getting their fill of blueberry scones and sandwiches with bacon, egg and cheese on everything bagels.

918a S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

2. Croissants Bistro and Bakery

3751 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The croque madame at Croissants could very well be the reason chef Heidi Vukov was appointed as the 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador. Dining alfresco under the striped awning at a sidewalk table gives customers the feeling that they are dining at some cafe on the Rue Jean Baptiste Pigalle in Paris — not Robert Grissom Parkway. Croissant is so successful that it opened up a second location beside sister restaurant Hook & Barrel.

3751 Robert M Grissom Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

3. Donald's Pancake House

2600 N Kings Hwy #3035, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Pancakes at Donald’s
Donald’s Pancake House

Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, go back and forth holding the title of having the most independently-owned pancake houses per person in the country. There’s a lot here: Harry’s, Olympic Flame, Hot Stacks; the list goes on and on. But it’s hard not to stop at Donald’s Pancake house when the words “FISH AND GRITS” flash onto the restaurant’s jumbotron. The fish is grouper filet; the grits are creamy; and all of it comes together with a mushroom and scallion gravy. And of course it is a pancake house so there are hundreds of other menu items that customers can butter up and pour syrup on.

2600 N Kings Hwy #3035
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

4. Magnolia’s At 26th

2605 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Magnolia’s is the most popular buffet on the beach that doesn’t do Calabash-style anything. The lunch buffet is beloved for pans of candied yams, collard greens, and piles of fried chicken glistening from behind the sneeze guard, but for the early birds, the breakfast buffet is like Shoney’s (in its heyday), but on steroids. For under 10 bucks, customers can get their fill of bacon, fluffy eggs, and buttermilk biscuits to hide with sausage gravy.

2605 N Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

5. Johnny D’s Waffles, Myrtle Beach Location

3301 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Waffles at Johnny D’s
Johnny D’s Waffles & Benedicts/Facebook

Any morning driver pass by this converted Pizza Hut (the signature roof is the giveaway ) There’s a throng of people, standing, sitting on the curb, and salivating while waiting their turn to get inside Johnny D’s for country-fried steak and eggs. In the land of pancakes, chef Jamie Daskalis took another route focusing on red velvet and funfetti to be different and it has paid off tremendously.

3301 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

6. Old Town Crepes

4205 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

One of the few places in the state of South Carolina where khachapuri is a staple on the menu. The traditional Georgian meal of cheese-filled, boat-shaped bread with a fresh egg is a nod to the owner’s heritage. While the khachapuri is always tempting, there’s also crepes galore — selections with salmon or Nutella, and even one with bacon-wrapped shrimp. It sounds over the top but so what? This is Myrtle Beach, and it’s insanely delicious.

4205 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

7. Drift

980 A-6, Cipriana Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Breakfast at Drift
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The ocean-inspired aesthetic is so robust that it’s almost whimsical at Drift — but it works. Situated across the street from the posh Marina at Grand Dunes, Drift’s menu is just as rich as the decor. There’s French toast topped with flame-roasted Fuji apples and lobster egg Benedicts. Customers can opt for the built-a-omelette and the Paloma mimosa is a must.

980 A-6, Cipriana Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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