Best Breakfast in Myrtle Beach

Rise and Shine for Myrtle Beach's Top Breakfast Restaurants

It's hard to swing a cat head biscuit on the Grand Strand without hitting a breakfast restaurant. With millions of visitors each year and more than 100 golf courses, breakfast joints are par for the course in the Myrtle Beach area. Unfortunately, quantity doesn't always equal quality, but there are at least 10 great places to start your day.

Most restaurants feature the same traditional Southern breakfast menu of eggs and meat, pancakes and hashbrowns - you know the morning drill. But it's how those standards are executed and the service and atmosphere that set the great ones apart from the good, and there are plenty of the former to keep you filled up on morning fuel during your stay.

Many have been in business for decades, like our chart-topper Mammy's Kitchen, currently celebrating its 60th year in business. This mom-and-pop shop is a mainstay on the Myrtle Beach breakfast scene. In addition to the excellent and affordable breakfast bar, the family atmosphere keeps generations of vacationers back year after year.

The same is true at more upscale institutions such as the Sea Captain's House, where the breakfasts are made to order and feature some less traditional morning fare. Shrimp over creamy grits and other seafood offerings make for an original morning lineup, but this popular spot also serves all the breakfast classics.

And if you feel like sleeping in, it's hard to beat brunch at some of Myrtle Beach's hottest spots before spending a long day on the links or beach.


The Shack
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Known for generations as the Biscuit Shack, this North Myrtle Beach institution is under new management with the same familiar country classics. The new crew kept the spirit of the old place alive - great Southern cooking and friendly service - while updating the menu and decor a bit. The Shack specializes in South Carolina favorites and serves daily meat-and-three specials. The food is like something you can only get at your grandmother's house - true Southern cooking, especially for breakfast. Eggs are made to order with your choice of country ham, sausage or bacon, and the flapjacks are light and fluffy, just the way grandma used to make.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Everyone is a neighbor at The Shack, a great place to catch up on local gossip or find out where the fish are biting.

Terry's expert tip: Breakfast is now served until 2:30 p.m. daily so no need to rush out of bed to get a good taste of breakfast.

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Harry's Breakfast Pancakes
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A local favorite for a good hot breakfast at a reasonable price. Pancakes, of course, are the house specialty, but don't miss their daily specials for breakfast and lunch. A good family choice for more than two decades, Harry's has a friendly neighborhood feel even if you're hundreds of miles from home. As the name implies, pancakes are what Harry's does best, but there's a full menu to satisfy a diverse party's taste buds. Eggs any way you want them, bacon, sausage, grits, omelets and sandwiches provide a healthy way to start your day. Also a great place to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and conversation.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Popular among tourists and golfers,Harry's Breakfast Pancakes offers one of the best bangs for the buck for breakfast.

Terry's expert tip: Harry's is only two blocks from the beach so it's a popular choice for folks taking a break from the summer sun.

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Hot Stacks
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As a tourist destination and golf mecca, Myrtle Beach is up to its elbows in pancake houses. But regular visitors know to drive past some of the hash-slinging joints just to have breakfast at Hot Stacks. The name says it all - hot stacks of pancakes smothered in butter and syrup and covered with some bizarre yet tasty toppings - strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate chips or all of the above. Hot Stacks also serves the traditional Southern fare - made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs and meats, biscuits with sawmill gravy - but flap jacks are what these fine folks do best.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Few breakfast places offer the extensive menu choices as Hot Stacks, which packs in hungry locals as well as tourists.

Terry's expert tip: If you want a big Sunday breakfast, make sure to beat the after-church crowds that invade around noon. This place kills it.

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Chestnut Hill
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Every meal is wonderful at Chestnut Hill, but the Sunday brunch is a memorable experience of its own. Featuring everything from Eggs Benedict to Southern fried chicken, Chestnut Hill's brunch buffet is one of the most popular in town, especially among upscale restaurants. If you can't make it on Sunday, it's worth checking out any night of the week. Known for its outstanding American fare and charming atmosphere, this restaurant tops many "favorites" lists. All of the fish and seafood they serve are fresh. But for those with more traditional taste buds, there are delicious steak, chicken, lamb and veal selections, helping Chestnut Hill stand as one of the Strand's most versatile dinner choices.

Recommended for Breakfast because: In addition to a hot, fresh breakfast and lunch combination, this eatery also has some of the freshest seafood in town.

Terry's expert tip: The popularity of this Sunday brunch makes reservations a great idea. Also, be sure to save room for the dessert table, which features a wide range of fare for every sweet tooth.

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Magnolia's at 26th
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A long-standing family hotel is now home to one of the most hottest spots in Myrtle Beach to enjoy the first meal of the day. Despite its Ocean Boulevard location among rows of hotels, this restaurant is surprisingly popular among locals, who have plenty of options to choose from but prefer to mix and mingle at Magnolia's at 26th. This buffet-style eatery serves three hots a day, but breakfast is its its best offering. Hot grits, fresh waffles, gravy and biscuits along with eggs, bacon and sausage give guests a true taste of the South to start their day at the beach.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Magnolia's stands on its food alone, but the friendly service and local atmosphere make this place well worth waking up early on your vacation.

Terry's expert tip: Magnolia's leaves the breakfast bar open later on the weekends so an early afternoon brunch yields the bonus of both breakfast and lunch served simultaneously.

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Eggs Up
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The name says it all at this growing regional chain, which was born in nearby Pawleys Island and now features three stores on the Grand Strand. Yes, the often-overlooked egg takes center stage at Eggs Up Grill, which keeps an actual tally of the number of eggs served on a scoreboard over the kitchen door. The menu may be somewhat limited, but everything on it is a time-tested winner. Ham and eggs, steak and eggs, grits and eggs, pancakes and eggs, biscuits and gravy and eggs � well, you get the idea. But it's not all eggs; when it gets to be lunch time you can order up a great burger and fries.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Eggs Up puts a modern twist on old standards. Foodies will be amazed by the versatility of the egg and the unique dishes available.

Terry's expert tip: Eggs Up is often packed to the walls, but the table turnover is quick, so don't get discouraged if there's a line out the door.

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Sea Captain's House
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Once a privately-owned family beach cottage, this picturesque oceanfront restaurant serves up some of the best seafood in Myrtle Beach. But Sea Captain's House also serves one of the best and most underrated breakfasts on the Grand Strand, especially with the beachfront restaurant's spectacular view of sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and reputation for Southern hospitality and fine dining. Sea Captain's House offers one of the best views in town, and just as awe-inspiring are some of the unique dishes on the breakfast menu, highlighting Southern and coastal cuisine. Try the shrimp and grits, the quail and eggs or the fresh-fruit filled crepes.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Sea Captain's House is famous for seafood, but it also makes a mean first meal. Discover just how good seafood can be for breakfast.

Terry's expert tip: Often on a long wait during the tourist season, guests can relax on the back porch in swings overlooking the Atlantic Ocean - not a bad place to watch the sun rise while waiting to be seated.

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The House of Blues is known for its live concerts and Cajun cooking, so it might seem like a strange place to start your Sunday morning. But the HOB's Sunday Gospel Brunch has been packing in people looking for some good food for the body and soul - not to mention the ears. A talented band of gospel musicians send chills down the spine while guests help themselves to a unique, soul-food buffet featuring eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy for breakfast and jambalaya, fried chicken and country ham for lunch. Enjoy the meal while listening to some truly inspirational musicians perform.

Recommended for Breakfast because: The House of Blues' Sunday Gospel Brunch is a unique blend of breakfast, lunch and faith-based music. Fill your body and spirit at once.

Terry's expert tip: If you are visiting during the summer, be sure to make reservations. Like the spicy Bloody Marys the HOB serves, these tickets are hot.

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Mammy's Kitchen
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This downtown Myrtle Beach institution has been serving locals and tourists hot, home-style meals for 60 years, Mammy's is famous for its breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. From freshly prepared pancakes, eggs, fried potatoes, sausage and bacon for breakfast to a wide selection of meats and vegetables for lunch and dinner, Mammy's has it all. But the main draw is the first meal of the day, perfect for filling up before a long day at the beach. Mammy's puts out a spread for breakfast, including fresh fruit that goes well over French toast and hot grits with all the fixings.

Recommended for Breakfast because: For many visitors, a trip to the beach isn't complete without eating at Mammy's Kitchen. Opened in 1953, Mammy's is a family-vacation tradition.

Terry's expert tip: Don't be fooled by a new restaurant by the same name a few blocks away on Ocean Boulevard. The real Mammy's has been at the same location, on the corner of Kings Highway and Mr. Joe White Avenue, for decades.

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Serving excellent breakfast and lunch options, Blueberry's Grill has quickly become the place for brunch on the Grand Strand. Featuring a sister location in Myrtle Beach, the Barefoot Landing location has brought some early dining opportunities to Barefoot Landing that were previously sorely missing. Order a wide selection of omelets, french toast and Southern classics for breakfast, as well as salads, soups and sandwiches for lunch, Blueberry's Grill adds an element of freshness to its menu that includes fruit, cereal and yogurt blends.

Recommended for Breakfast because: You can tell a good restaurant when it is almost always on a wait, and Blueberry's Grill fits the bill.

Terry's expert tip: For a tasty mixed drink, try an assortment of the house specialty Mimosas, Mojitos and Bloody Marys.

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