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





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!

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