On a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, I had the opportunity to meet Jamie Saunders and her husband Mike, the owners and operators of Johnny D’s Waffle House and Bakery. Johnny D’s (named for Jamie’s father John Daskalis) is located in the former Nibils Restaurant, on Kings Highway near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, just blocks from the ocean.
We all know how important a good breakfast is to start our day, but over time, breakfast can become the dullest meal of the day. Oatmeal again? Do I have to wade through another bowl of granola and yogurt?
That conundrum is what makes Johnny D’s such a welcome addition to the morning dining scene. The restaurant, located at 3301 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach delivers imaginative twists on old standbys and also serves a fine lunch.
The breakfast menu is so large and enticing that some of the regulars at Johnny D’s have started to try to eat their way through the entire menu. All I can say is good luck.
Jamie, the Executive Chef, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is a magician when it comes to creating new breakfast dishes, like her secret recipe cinnamon roll cream cheese iced waffles. Never being satisfied with good enough, Jamie is constantly getting feedback from her customers so she can make it even better. Looking to add that special something to it that makes you go WOW!
The morning we visited, we started with one of the cinnamon roll waffles. It was fantastic! It had just the right amount of cinnamon and the cream cheese icing was to die for. Definitely had the Wow Factor meter pegged at a 10+.
Next, I went for my old stand-by, scrambled eggs, corn-beef hash and hash browns. I wanted grits but Jamie told me I had to try the hash browns, so I decided she knew what she was talking about and got the hash browns.
All my life, I’ve eaten scrambled eggs, they have all been the same, until now. I don’t know how they did it but these eggs weren’t like any scrambled eggs I’d ever eaten. It’s hard to describe, but they had a completely different texture to them and tasted so much better. Same for the hash browns, incredible. I don’t even know where to start with the corn-beef hash. This wasn’t your normal little pink specks of corn-beef, this was fresh cut corned-beef cooked to perfection.
I’m ruined, breakfast won’t ever be the same until I get back to The Beach and go back to Johnny D’s.
Johnny D’s may be the newcomer of Myrtle Beach Breakfast spots but it has already climbed into the Top 5 Breakfast places, according to VisitMyrtleBeach.com. Open daily from 6:30 AM till 2:30 PM for breakfast and lunch.
My only complaint is that I didn’t get to try everything on the menu, especially the home made Pound Cake…but at least I’ll be back soon and I know where breakfast will be served every morning I’m in Myrtle Beach!
Visit Johnny D’s on the web