My husband and I discovered Akel’s a few years ago when we first bought our condo at Myrtle Beach. It’s the second closest breakfast joint to our place, and we didn’t like the one that was closer. Akel’s is a “family restaurant” serving breakfast and lunch and is also a favorite among the locals. Since it doesn’t have the words “pancake” or “breakfast” in its name, some tourists may not even consider stopping there.
The front of the building states that Akel’s has been “a beach favorite since 1975” so they must be doing something right. The interior of the place is a little dated, but I’ve eaten at many pancake houses along the Grand Strand and I don’t remember a single one that would get any interior design awards. But what I like about the interior of Akel’s is the collection of photos of old Myrtle Beach and its changes through the years in addition to the autographed photos by celebrities such as Mike Ditka, Jerry Reed and Arnold Palmer (among many famous golfers.) But hey, it’s not about the décor, it’s about the food.
When we’re in Myrtle Beach, we usually eat at Akel’s 90 percent of the time that we eat out for breakfast. The menu at Akel’s contains just about every combination of your typical breakfast foods. Prices are very reasonable. Our total is usually in the $16-$18 range for two breakfasts and two beverages.
In the past we’ve gotten eggs, bacon, grits & toast platters, different omelets served with pancakes, pigs in the blanket (sausage links each wrapped in a pancake), Belgian waffles and several different pancake platters. On our first visit this trip, I had a bacon and cheese omelet with cheese grits and toast. Akel’s uses American cheese in their omelets, which is what I prefer, so needless to say, this omelet was on point. I only started liking grits a year or so ago, and only with cheese, and the grits at Akel’s are really good.
On our second visit, I had the banana and pecan pancakes . I checked with the server to make sure the pecans were cooked in the pancakes and they were, like I’d hoped. Some of the selections on the menu state that the fruit or whatever is on top of the pancakes. I don’t like ‘em like that. When my pancakes arrived they looked as good as they tasted. Akel’s has won awards in the past for their pancakes, and as much as I’ve been to Myrtle Beach and as many pancake houses that I’ve tried, the pancakes at Akel’s are indeed some of the best. They are sweet, light and fluffy. You are also given a bowl with a bunch of individual (real) butters and containers of fake butter spread in addition to warm syrup. The pancakes were stacked three high, and as hard as I tried, I could not finish them. I also ordered a side of bacon and got three pieces of good-flavored, smoky bacon.
The first visit on this trip my husband got two eggs (perfectly cooked over medium), bacon, grits with shredded cheese and toast. The second visit he ordered the eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce had kind of a chicken gravy taste but it was still pretty good. Instead of a thin slice of Canadian bacon, these eggs benny came with a thick slice of sugar cured ham and were on top of a huge English muffin. We both liked this dish pretty well.
Service at Akel’s is always good. All of the servers (and we’ve had them all) are friendly and attentive without being obnoxious, and the food is usually out to the table very quickly. Another positive for us is they take American Express (more points!) when several “mom and pop” places don’t. Akel’s won’t knock your socks off, but if you’re looking for a good breakfast at a good price with good service, give Akel’s a try. THREE FORKS.
6429 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC