A perennial favorite, Hamburger Joe's provides more bang for your buck than most other Grand Strand eateries, so it's perfect if you're on a budget. In fact, you can probably afford to splurge and get some wings and a beer along with your cheeseburger, which comes heaped with slaw, chili, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, or whatever combination you'd prefer. Kids enjoy the fried bologna sandwich, hot dog, or grilled cheese; grown-ups appreciate the onion rings - and the fact that they can get a rum and coke or a Long Island Iced Tea with their burger or BLT. The screen-in back porch also offers spectacular views of the salt marsh.
Take some home-cooking home to your family without touching a single pot or pan by visiting K&W Cafeteria. This small, regional chain has plenty of seating and cafeteria-style dining, but one of its best-kept secrets is a side door known as "K&W To Go." The carry-out counter allows patrons to go through the line and point out their a la cart entrees, including fried or baked chicken and fish, meat loaf, chicken pan pie, grilled steak and grilled liver and onion, and side items, featuring mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and cheese, green beans, mac and cheese and much more.
The name may have pigeon-holed this popular delivery/take-out establishment as a chicken-wing joint, which it is. But Hot Wing Express also serves a surprisingly diverse and delicious menu of Thai and Chinese cuisine. The wings are fried and come in a wide range of flavors - Cajun, BBQ, Parmesan and many more - and Hot Wing Express also serves traditional American favorites like hamburger steak, fried pork chops, rotisserie chicken, Buffalo chicken, sandwiches, soups and salads. But the best-kept secret is the Asian food, such as Pad Thai, Sweet or Sour Chicken with stir-fry vegetables, egg rolls, dumplings and more.
Famous singer/songwriter crooned about the perfect burger in the song by the same title, and now his restaurant, Cheeseburger In Paradise, brings it to the masses in a unique tropical setting. Featuring 100 percent Angus burgers with a myriad of toppings, CIP allows its guests to build their own dream burger to their own specifications. Of course, visitors also can order the original, as described in song "lettuce and tomato, Hines 57 and French-fried potatoes." CIP also serves a wide range of salads, starters, seafood, sandwiches, steaks and more. The bar spins some sweet frozen concoctions to help you hang on.
One would never guess it from the curb, but inside this tiny red-and-white shack resides one of the best delis and grills on the Grand Strand. Serving hot burgers, sandwiches, subs, gyros and, of course, Philly Cheesesteaks, the Best of Philly packs a lot of flavor into a tiny diner. Regulars rave about the Philly, topped with melted provolone instead of cheap Cheez-Whiz, and the chicken wings are surprisingly strong for a deli. All the subs are tasty, and the gyros are probably the second most popular item on the small menu. Seating is limited so it's a good place to get it to go.
The tired old breakfast and lunch get an extreme makeover at Johnny D's Waffle House, where the traditional eggs and pancakes undergo a serious upgrade. In addition to an array of waffles and pancakes topped with fruit, chocolate chips and whipped cream, Johnny D's goes the extra mile by making red velvet cake waffles and creative pancakes. Egg combinations include a selection of omelets, Benedict combinations and even huevos rancheros. For lunch, try a fresh house salad, soup and sandwich combination, or get adventurous with the fajitas. Johnny D's has got it all. Be sure to grab some in-house baked goods to go.
Located on the ground floor of a hotel convention center, this restaurant draws lots of locals who only venture downtown in the summer months if there's something really good waiting for them. This buffet-style eatery serves three hots a day, but breakfast may be its best offering. Hot grits, gravy and biscuits along with eggs, bacon, sausage give guests a true taste of the South to start their days. Fresh fruit and French toast are available for those with a morning sweet tooth. The friendly service and atmosphere make this place well worth waking up to on your vacation. Make your own to-go box and pay by the pound.
For a taste of true Italian cuisine without the fancy candles and high prices, Michael's Pizza and Pasta in downtown Myrtle Beach is the place. Featuring all the traditional Italian favorites - hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, lasagna and spaghetti - Michael's puts out a big spread in a small and modest atmosphere. For those on the go, Michael's also offers delivery and take out, a great way to enjoy sandwiches and subs on a beach picnic or grab a late-nght snack back in the hotel room. Michael's also serves great cannoli and tirmisu among other tasty desserts. Entrees include Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala and Shrimp Scampi. Sandwiches, burgers, subs and salads are also available.
Named after the famous cartoon character with an affinity for sandwiches stacked to the ceiling, Dagwood's Deli follows the same recipe for a longtime, lunch-time favorite that has patrons lined up out the door. Beat the rush by calling ahead and picking up a picnic package that won't leave you hungry. Offering deli meats that are sliced on site, fresh deli bread big enough to hold a skyscraper and all the veggies and fixings, Dagwood's keeps them coming back for more by being more than generous with the ingredients. Grab some chips, fries or pasta salad to go with it and enjoy the feast. Wash it all down with a cold drink or beer.
Break the burgers-and-fries routine for some excellent Japanese cuisine that's good to go in more ways than one. Chef and owner Jimmy is a bit of a local legend, operating several other Japanese restaurants and catering services over the years, but now he has his own place and a loyal local following. Patrons can dine in, but the carry-out window makes for a quick and convenient way to enjoy a hot meal at home or your hotel room. Choose from a wide range of meats and vegetables, including steak, shrimp, grouper, chicken and pork with mixed veggies over fried rice or garlic soy noodles. Jimmyz also serves great sushi, wraps, soups and salads.