How To Know When Your Ready For A Beach Vacation

As summer slowly rolls on in, you might be sitting at your desk dreaming about warm weather and tasty margaritas. Maybe you are a stay at home mom wanting your children to enjoy new experiences that go beyond your neighborhood. Or maybe your a retiree that would love to splurge on fine dining, endless shopping, and golf course excursions with your friends or partner.


Below you will find a list of certain feelings and behaviors  you might be experiencing presently that could qualify you as the perfect candidate for a beach vacation. If you answer yes to at least two of the items below, we here at Palmetto suggest you start booking that getaway with us immediately!


  1. The last time you remember holding sand was at your children’s art fair four years ago.
  2. When every Jimmy Buffett song seems to be directly speaking to you.
  3. When you catch yourself dreaming about the weekend and it is only Monday morning.
  4. You find yourself staring at your computer screen for at least thirty minutes everyday without having completed any of your assigned tasks.
  5. Date night has now become a ten minute conversation with your partner on your back patio with string cheese and seltzer water.
  6. When you realize that you have nothing to watch on Netflix anymore because you have finished every series twice.
  7. When you find yourself living vicariously through your neighbors vacations on their Instagram or Facebook.
  8. You find your phone alerting you that you your screen time is over its ten hour limit.
  9. The closest golf course you have played on is at the indoor six-hole putt-putt grounds forty five minutes away from your home.
  10. When you start taking your children to Lowes or Home Depots playgrounds because it is the closest thing to an “amusement park.”
  11. Your boss starts to tell you everyday that you really should take a vacation.
  12. When the movie Castaway starts to look like a five star vacation retreat.

So where do you score? Now please take note – this is just a short compilation of questions that you should ask yourself before booking a vacation. If you are still unsure where you rank, feel free to speak with one of our qualified reservationist who would be more than happy to assist you.

Summer is coming up and it is time to escape to Myrtle Beach.
We here at Palmetto would love to help you in that process!
Call us today at (888) 808-2788 or visit us directly online to see what rental properties we have available for you. You deserve it!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Mother’s Day in Myrtle Beach 2019

We would like to give a warm welcome to all of the mothers out there for this upcoming Mother’s Day! Whether you are visiting the beach for vacation or live here, you might be wondering what exactly to do with your mom this Sunday. Palmetto has a few fabulous ideas for you to choose from for 2019 Mother’s Day in Myrtle Beach!

Be sure to read on until the very end, you might just catch a glimpse of our Palmetto staff with their mamas! *

Bring On the Yum:

Hook & Barrel
May 12, 2019 | 9AM – 10PM
8014 North Kings Highway B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
$38 per person/$14.99 per child 12 and under
(843) 839-5988 | *Reservations Recommended

Known for its fresh seafood dishes and delicious Sunday brunches, Hook & Barrel will be hosting a Mother’s Day Buffet all day this upcoming Sunday. Come enjoy delectable shrimp & grits, macaroni & cheese, or seafood quiche among the many options being offered.


Tin Roof
May 12, 2019 | Brunch: 11AM-3PM
1410 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
*Prices vary dependent on items purchased
(843) 945-9867 | *Reservations not required

If you enjoy live country music, outdoor beach views, great food– come on over to the Tin Roof this Sunday for a special mother’s day brunch. Jay Taylor, a popular country music singer from Nashville will be singing to all the special moms in the audience.


New York Prime Steakhouse
405 28th Ave North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | Brunch: 11AM-3PM | Dinner: 3PM-10PM
Prices vary by item
(843) 448-8081 | *Reservations Recommended

It is time you delight yourself to a heavenly meal on this special occasion! The New York Prime Steakhouse will be treating you to an exquisite brunch this Sunday with unique options to choose from such as banana stuffed Belgian waffles, crab cake benedicts, and crème fraiche with fresh berries.


Make Memories That Will Last:

Mom and Me Mimosa Sunday – Painting With A Twist
850 Jason Boulevard #B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | Two Events: 1PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM
$45 per person
(843) 808-9236 |*Must make reservation
online

Put on your artsy clothes and head on over to Painting with a Twist for some Mother’s Day celebrations. Mimosas, painting, and good times with family and friends! Be sure to book a reservation, seats are going fast.


Mother’s Day at Myrtle Waves Water Park
3000 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
May 12, 2019 | 11AM-5PM
Free admission for moms
(843) 913-9250

Slide on down to Myrtle Waves this Sunday with your family! With endless waterslides, lazy rivers, and family attractions – you will something here for everyone. And major perk – moms get in FREE! Why not come enjoy the waves and have a great time with the kiddos too?


All Moms Bowl Free at Myrtle Beach Bowl
101 Gray Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
May 12, 2019 | 12PM – 10PM
Free admission for moms*
(843) 236-1020

Get your bowling shoes on and roll on over to Myrtle Beach Bowl this weekend! On Sunday, moms will have free admission into the bowling alley! Who does not love a good round of bowling, tasty pizza, and friendly “competitive” tournaments? The question is –who will conquer the game?


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the special women out there. We hope you have a special day and vacation in Myrtle Beach!

Photos of Palmetto Staff with Their Mothers:


Looking for a great getaway this weekend? Palmetto has you covered! Our May special offer has 30% OFF select beach and golf villas until May 22, 2019. Call us today at 888-808-2788 or book online directly.
We can not wait to see you at the beach!


Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Friday Finds – Myrtle Beach Games

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When travelers think of Myrtle Beach activities and attractions, there’s sure to be a common theme (other than the beach itself) of Miniature Golf, Unique Shopping Complexes, Seafood Buffets, and watersports. There is a veritable plethora of activities and experiences available during the sunny days and cooler nights. Myrtle Beach is truly an exciting place full of possibilities and variety….until it rains.

The majority of families who visit the Grand Strand and experience the inevitable summer rainy day or afternoon tend to hunker down in their vacation rental condo or house, turn on the tv, and everyone escapes to their phone or tablet. Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. It’s pretty much what folks do at home. Every. Single. Day. Let’s be real – the reason why families go on vacation is to spend the quality time together that they miss throughout the year due to sports, work, school, and more work. Now, when it rains, they go right back to their own little microcosms of binge watching, fail videos, and “liking” pictures of other people’s food. I’m here to tell you, there’s a place in Myrtle Beach that can help deter this all to common fallback and provide that bonding quality time that folks came down here to experience.

Myrtle Beach Games is located at 4050 Socastee Blvd in Myrtle Beach and has cornucopia of Board Games, Card Games, Miniatures, and Comic Books. This place has everything that the most experienced gamer could ask for, as well as TONS of great easy to pick up board and card games perfect for any family.

Founded over a decade ago, Myrtle Beach Games has welcomed both travelers and locals to their unique and friendly store and provided a safe, inclusive culture for folks of all ages and experiences. When Alison and I visited this Friday, we were first blown away by their very organized and accessible inventory of board games. We saw everything from the classics to newer staples, such as “Cataan” and “Mysterium”. As we scanned the store, there were several folks in there playing games, talking, and laughing. The common theme was evident: People were having fun!

Chris and Anthony welcomed us with smiles and open arms as they gave us the grand tour. We were certainly impressed by the organization and inventory that they had for not just fun and exciting board games, but for card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Keyforge. There’s also a great selection of action figures, graphic novels, and unique collectibles that you can’t find anywhere else in Myrtle Beach. They are even adding a virtual reality arcade and full snack bar to the location!

They also told us about the great events that happen daily which include open play for board games, Pokemon and Magic leagues, as well as the very cool and visually striking Warhammer Miniatures game. Every Saturday, there’s open play for Pokemon for kids of all ages. Kids get a free pack of cards just for showing up and they even order pizza. It’s very kid and family friendly.

Getting back to why this place is great for rainy days and families: The Board Games. It’s so easy to go in, find a game that’s interesting and fun. The staff and even patrons can recommend a game that’s easy to learn and can involve families with kids of any age. Board games are excellent for beach vacations, because they put families right across the dining room table from one another and involve teamwork, competition, and laughs. Families can bond over these experiences and the cell phones and devices are usually turned off or put away.
 It’s why you go on vacation: Quality Time.

This Saturday, May the 4th, is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, where anyone can visit and get free comic books from major publishers like Marvel, DC, and Image. It’s a great time to come in and check out everything Myrtle Beach Games has while getting some absolutely free swag!

On your next Myrtle Beach Vacation, plan for that rainy day and check out Myrtle Beach Games. You won’t be disappointed!

Myrtle Beach Games
4050 Socastee Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
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Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation rentals. Having served on the front lines of a premier vacation rental company, Jason has a great understanding of all aspects of this fantastic industry. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.

What To Bring & Not Bring on Your Next Myrtle Beach Vacation!

Your Myrtle Beach Vacation with Palmetto Vacation Rentals is just around the corner! As a guest, you may be unsure as to what you can and cannot bring for your vacation rental unit. Below we have created a list of items to bring and not to bring for your unforgettable beach getaway:

What TO Bring:

  • Clothing (shirts, pants, swimsuits, undergarments, shoes, etc.)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.)
  • Paper Products (paper towels, paper plates, garbage bags, etc.)
  • Beach Materials (beach towels, equipment, games, cooler)
  • Rx Medication
  • First Aid Kit Essentials
  • Important Information Material (drivers license, credit card, insurance card)
  • Cell Phone and Charger + Additional Electronic Devices
  • Laundry Products (check unit details to see if washer/dryer provided)

There are several items on this list that can be bought locally at one of Myrtle Beach’s many convenient grocery markets and supercenters! There also will be a “starter” kit when you arrive that will have a roll of paper towel, toilet paper, dish wash detergent, laundry soap detergent, and an extra garbage bag.

What NOT TO Bring:

  • Linens
  • Bath Towels and Hand Towels
  • Expensive Items (jewelry, keepsakes, valuables with no ID)
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Portable Grills (no charcoal/propane)
  • Pets

Each rental is provided with freshly cleaned linens, towels, and kitchen towel set.

If you have any questions regarding what your rental unit will have, please feel free to give us a call at Palmetto Vacation Rentals office – (888) 808-2788! We hope you have stress free packing experience and safe travels as you journey your way to the Myrtle Beach sands.  

Friday Finds – Easter in Myrtle Beach 2019

Easter weekend at the beach has arrived! Come join in on the fun and experience all that the Grand Strand has to offer. Down below you will find a variety of activities for you and your family to join in on this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. There is also a list of many churches in the area that will be hosting Easter sunrise services. We invite you all to make this the best Easter vacation yet!

Easter Family Activities

Easter Egg Hunt at McLean Park
Get ready to visit the Easter Bunny and receive sweet candy at North Myrtle Beach’s 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided by age groups and will begin at 10 AM sharp!
April 20 | 10-12 PM | 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Gordon Biersch
Want to enjoy a delicious breakfast at the popular Gordon Biersch in The Market Common? This Saturday come savor an all inclusive meal ($10/person) with the Easter Bunny. Be sure to call and make reservations prior to event at 843-839-0249.
April 20 | 9 AM | 3060 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach

Breakfast Buffet with the Easter Bunny at Hard Rock Cafe
Hop on over to Hard Rock Cafe this Saturday for tasty pancakes, scrambled
eggs, breakfast pastries, and more! The Easter Bunny will be handing out treats too. Prices per person range from $13-$20 depending on age. Be sure to make reservations at 843-946-0007 ext. 208 before event!
April 20 | 9-10:30 AM | 1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

Lulu’s “Easter Egg Dash”
This is not a normal Easter egg hunt. Come with the kiddos and dash for Easter Eggs that have treats, toys, and even discounts to Lulu’s restaurant! Also the Easter Bunny at Lulu’s will be ready for the many photo opts with the family!
April 21 | 2-4 PM | 4954 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach


Oceanfront Sunrise Sunrises

Want to experience an oceanfront sunrise service Easter morning? Below is a list of various churches in the area hosting a sunrise service on Sunday, April 21, 2019:

Barefoot Church
6:45 AM | Main Street in North Myrtle Beach | Beach Baptisms

Christ United
6 AM | Bummz Beach Cafe (2002 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC) | There will be a continental breakfast following the service!

Faith Presbyterian Church
6:30 AM | 79th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC

Grand Strand Baptist Church
6:30 AM | Second Avenue Pier (110 Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach SC)

Trinity United Methodist Church
6:30 AM | 17th Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach SC | Please bring flowers!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and Myrtle Beach vacation rental stay with Palmetto Vacation Rentals.


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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!


Friday Finds – 9 Fun Weekend Events in Myrtle Beach!



Happy Friday! The weekend has finally arrived and we are sure you are ready to explore all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. This weekend (April 12 – April 14, 2019)  there are a lot of events happening at the Grand Strand. Below is a list of 9 ideas for your unforgettable vacation experience:

  1. Participate in the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival happening at The Market Common Saturday at 5:30 PM.
  2. See Edwin McCain perform live at Banditos Cantina on the Myrtle Beach Boulevard Friday (tonight) starting at 9PM.
  3. Sing “Happy Together” with The Midtown Men from Jersey Boys at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday night at 7PM. Be sure to book reservation online prior to event!
  4. Bring the kiddos along and visit Ripley’s Aquarium Sensory Friendly event located at Broadway at the Beach all day Saturday.
  5. Taste a sweet & savory southern style brunch with Rory John Zak at Tin Roof on Sunday at 12PM.
  6. Explore the art culture happening around the Grand Strand at the Spring Art in Common Arts & Crafts Show in Valor Park at The Market Common happening Saturday and Sunday.
  7. Hop on over to the Barefoot Bunny Hop at Barefoot Landing on Saturday from 11AM – 1 PM!
  8. Tee up (or should we say putt up!) at Marshwalk Masters Tournament on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet on Sunday starting at 3PM.
  9. Jam out with Chase Rice, America’s famous country singer at The House of Blues Saturday night! Doors open at 7PM.

We hope you enjoy your Myrtle Beach vacation rental and stay.
Have a fantastic weekend from Palmetto Vacation Rentals!
  (Click links above for more details regarding events)



Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!


Friday Finds – The Simpsons “Kwik-E-Mart”

The Simpsons have come to real life! Welcome to the first ever created “Kwik-E-Mart,” a popular and new convenience store seen on The Simpsons show to hit the Grand Strand last August.

Located right at Myrtle Beach’s popular tourist attraction, Broadway at the Beach, Kwik-E-Mart has attracted Simpson fans from all around the country wanting a taste of the famous Lard Lad Donuts and Heat-Lamp Hot Dogs.

This is the first ever Kwik-E-Mart to open! The popular convenience store has hinted that this is the first of many to open around the United States in the coming years.

After opening last August, Kwik-E-Mart has become an iconic place for every Simpson fan wanting to slurp the famous Squishee Slushies and purchase Simpson memorabilia. There is also many delicious Simpson inspired treats and unique sitcom souvenirs all around the Kwik-E-Mart too. What more could you ask for on your next Myrtle Beach vacation?

There is also The Aztec Theatre, a unique 4-D Simpsons movie experience that is set to open in the next few months. The theatre is conveniently located next door to the Kwik-E-Mart-perfect to gather up some snacks before entering! To follow news regarding the opening of the theatre, be sure to sign up for their updates on the website link below.

On your next Myrtle Beach vacation, be sure to step on into the land where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie rule and donuts are the key to happy living.


Kwik-E-Mart
Broadway at the Beach
1119 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Friday Finds – Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s


Several weeks ago, Jason and I were live on Facebook celebrating Margarita Day at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located at Broadway at the Beach. It only seemed fitting to try out Jimmy Buffett’s little sisters new dining and entertainment spot in Barefoot Landing.
Welcome to Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s; a place where food, family, and fun all connect!


A vibrant gift shop, huge beach bar, and array of indoor and outdoor seating surrounded us as made our way into the 17,000 brightly colored restaurant. As true vacationers that Jason and I are, we decided to take the outside area overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a fantastic view.

The gulf coast inspired menu is host to many delicious burgers, shareable appetizers, and fresh seafood. There is also a variety of sandwiches, salads, and delectable sweets such as the key lime pie!
Many recipes were inspired by Lucy Buffett’s Alabama Gulf Shores upbringing.


After lunch, Jason and I made our way around the rest of Lulu’s property. Namly to Lulu’s Beach Arcade which opened up less than a month ago! Skee-Ball, Grand Piano Keys, and Super Shots Basketball are just a few of the arcade games we were able to play. The arcade is great for children and adults.


Besides the lively arcade and delicious restaurant, there is also a large sandy beach area on the property.
Come enjoy drinks, listen to live music, and soak in the Myrtle Beach rays.
If you would like something more active, gather up a team and play a round of sand volleyball or climb the three foot story ropes course.

Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in North Myrtle Beach connects food, family, and fun into one truly incredible experience! Lulu’s is a fantastic choice to unwind and kick back into the island lifestyle on your next Myrtle Beach vacation with Palmetto Vacation Rentals.



Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s
Barefoot Landing
4954 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Lulu’s has live free music every night from 5 to 9 pm. There is also an upcoming Easter Egg Dash on April 21st at 2pm.

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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Friday Finds – Run to the Sun Car Show, Myrtle Beach


“The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town!” Anyone else remember this 1976 top hit song by the Irish Hard Rock Band, Thin Lizzy? Even though I was not born in that memorable era, my mind kept replaying that song as Jason and I attended the Run to the Sun Car Show yesterday at the Old Myrtle Beach Square Mall by the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Instead of the boys are back in town, let us change it to souped up corvettes, 1950s Hudson Hornets, and sleek red 1932 Ford Model B antiques. We had an awesome time exploring the 3,000+ vintage automobiles, trucks, and car part vendors. As Jason graciously put it, “It was if all my favorite matchbox cars were real and in one place.” His favorite was the sleek and black 1970s Dodge Challenger. Mine on the other hand was Elvis Presley’s Famous 1950s Pink Cadillac.

Do not worry that you missed out-the fun is only beginning. Today and tomorrow, the Pee Dee Street Rodders are back at it! The show location is at the Old Myrtle Square Mall located between 21st & 29th Ave. on Kings Highway. It is free entry for all nonparticipants and held between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on both days. Not only will you be able go back in time as you explore renovated Volkswagen buses and exclusive Plymouth Superbirds, but you will have time to interact with the car owners themselves and enjoy delicious barbecue.


Run to the Sun Car Show is truly for everyone! Believe me, I know little to nothing about measuring torque, turbochargers, and engine displacement. Jason on the other hand knew almost every car model we passed by and a vast array of car lingo. Be ready to be enthralled by everything that the show has to offer!

There will be over $10,000 given away in prizes throughout the three day events. Also the proceeds from the Run to the Sun Car Show will go towards Children’s Miracle Network, Horry County Benevolent Fund, and Grand Strand Miracle League.  Last year alone they donated $97,000.00!


Now that the basics are covered, get ready to engage the clutch, turn on the engine, release the handbrake, and shift into the appropriate gear. Or you can just turn on your car and go into drive mode if you have an automatic automobile!


It’s time to ride into the Run to the Sun Car Show!


Run to the Sun Car Show Details:
Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019- Saturday, March 23, 2019
Times: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location: Former Myrtle Beach Square Mall (2501 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577)

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Originally from New York, Alison Lashower moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!

Friday Finds – Johnny D’s, Myrtle Beach

Last night you arrived into your beautiful condo rental in Myrtle Beach and today is your first official day of vacation! Waking up to the mesmerizing sunrise and beach sounds has your stomach starting to rumble. It’s breakfast time and you’re ready for your first taste in Myrtle Beach!

With over dozens of breakfast and brunch options along the Grand Strand, one might be overwhelmed in which one to choose. Our selection of choice is Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery!

Chosen by the Food Network in 2018 as the Best Waffles in South Carolina, the restaurant(s) have taken the beautiful art of breakfast and lunch and perfected it into a worthwhile and memorable tasting experience!

Jason and I were able to visit Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery Myrtle Beach location this past Monday morning. Immediately walking into the joint, we felt right at home with the comfortable beach styled interior and “diner vibe” feel.

As excited as Jason and I were to choose what tasty breakfast choice we wanted to try, we both were on a mission to see what all the hype was regarding the famous red velvet waffle! We chose it as our breakfast “appetizer.”  As the red velvet waffle made its way over to our table, our mouths started watering.

We suddenly became those people who started organizing the silverware and table appropriately to get a worthy instagram photo of this beaut! After a few minutes of just gazing upon this cream cheese icing, red velvet cake batter waffle goodness, we needed to see if it tasted as excellent as it looked. We split the waffle in half and dug right in.

The only word that I can come up with to explain this waffle is “unforgettable.” Believe me, this was unlike anything that I had ever tried. Jason just kept repeating, “It’s tough to believe that this is actually breakfast.” We now understand why Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery was voted Best Waffle in South Carolina!

As you read this post, you may be thinking, “Glad you enjoyed this red velvet waffle, but is this all Johnny D’s Waffle has to offer?”

My answer would be a flat out no. The menu has over a hundred options ranging from premium breakfast omelettes, one-of-a-kind french toast treats, and classic eggs benedict. There are three available menus (early bird, breakfast, lunch) which can be viewed here.  For anyone with dietary specific restrictions, Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery also offers a wide selection of gluten free options and recipes made with cage free eggs and antibiotic free chicken.  Jason, being the true southern breed gentleman that he is chose the classic Chicken & Waffles option. I tried the satisfying Turkey Delight Omelette.

While there, I also had the enjoyment of meeting with the renowned and lively Chef Jamie Daskalis! Originally from New York, Jamie began working in the culinary world from the ground up through her father’s four restaurants near the big apple. With over fifteen years of experience in the food industry and a degree in Baking and Pastry from the Culinary Institute of America, Jamie’s knowledge and passion for the trade expands far and wide.

When asked about what her favorite part is of heading Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery, automatically she said, “the customer’s reactions!” Jamie is all about providing satisfaction, surprise, and excellence to everyone who walks through her doors.  She has personally chosen every item on the menu and is constantly looking to advance new menu options fit for her customers delight.

When not driving the Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery train, you can find Jamie being a powerful activist for Autism Awareness in the community and spending quality time with her seven year old autistic son, James. In the restaurant, they are currently selling t-shirts and bracelets to raise support for two local organizations, Champion Autism Network and SOS Health Care. Learning more about Jamie and her amazing passions for the community made Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery even more set apart from the other local restaurants in the area. When asked what is on the horizon, Jamie hinted at a new cookbook coming out in 2019 featuring over 90 recipes with less than 140 ingredients and a possible new business venture.

Now that you have a quick glimpse into the powerhouse behind the delicious restaurant and review of a few tasty options being offered, it’s time you actually have a taste for yourself!

We know your stomach is still grumbling and ready for some tasty breakfast on your next Myrtle Beach vacation. Treat yourself and head on over to one of the two Johnny D’s Waffles & Bakery locations in the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach area. Jason and I might see you there!

Restaurant hours, information, and social media outlets are listed below.
Johnny D’s Waffles – Myrtle Beach Location: 33rd Ave North Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Hours: 6:30 AM-2:00PM

North Myrtle Beach Location: 3900 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle, SC 29582 Hours: 6:30 AM-2:30 PM

Website: http://johnnydswafflesandbakery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnnydswafflesandbakery/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnydswaffles/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnnydswaffles

About Alison Lashower

Originally from New York, Alison moved to the Myrtle Beach area with her family twelve years ago. Gamecock at heart, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a marketing and entrepreneurship degree in May of 2017. When Alison is not spending time taking photographs around the Myrtle Beach area, you can find her writing, dancing, or on some type of adventure. Fun fact, she just spent this past year living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!