Breakfast at the Surf Diner

Breakfast at the Surf Diner

The Grand Strand has so many fun places to enjoy a meal and one sure way to find the best is to ask the locals. January is a great month to dine out for those of us living and working here – the lines are shorter, and you’ll probably see someone you know!

Sasee asked Surfside Beach residents where they like to eat, and over and over again we heard – I love breakfast at the Surf Diner! We decided to try it out for ourselves, and we were not disappointed!

Located ocean front at Surfside Pier, The Surf Diner is owned by Shawn Roth and his business partner Bill Howard. Shawn sat down to talk to us while we were eating some of the best eggs, grits and waffles we’ve ever tasted. Originally from Ohio, Shawn’s background in food service brought him, with his wife, Jana, here to work for East of Chicago Pizza. When the opportunity came to reopen this beautiful restaurant, he grabbed it! “The building had been vacant for a year and a half when we came in. We had to completely rebuild it to bring it up to code, and we opened on July 4th, 2012.”

Shawn Roth, Owner, The Surf Diner

Shawn Roth, Owner, The Surf Diner

The revamped building is lovely, very clean and nicely decorated, but the main attraction is the gorgeous ocean view. The inside seats 40 and the outside deck will seat 70. “This is the unofficial center of town,” Shawn began. “Even when groups come in separately, they will end up chatting. Everyone from local realtors, to fishermen, to retirees come and in and enjoy a meal, conduct business and socialize. There’s a real sense of community here.”

The Surf Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – the servers are efficient and friendly, and the food is wonderful! In the height of the season, there is usually a wait for a table, so check it out this month – and tell them Sasee sent you!

On the Surfside Pier, S Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach, 843-712-1850,

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