By Becky Billingsley
Thursday, May 2, 2013, Myrtle Beach – Hamburger International, just south of the new interchange on U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, has new owners and many new menu items, including breakfast service.
Hamburger International first opened in November 2010; longtime locals will remember that spot as an all-night waffle restaurant. Now a couple of fellows from next door at Remedies – Remedies owner Scott Ordway and Remedies general manager Jeremy Halpin – have partnered up to purchase Hamburger International.
But don’t expect Hamburger International to have the same bar ambiance as at Remedies. Restaurant general manager Lauri Doss says it will retain a family-friendly atmosphere with low prices.
“We’re really pushing the diner vibe,” Doss said on May 1 at the restaurant. “We want families to be able to come have dinner and still be able to have a scoop of ice cream for dessert.”
The décor hasn’t changed, and it has a strong diner feeling with black and white floor tiles and bright red accents. Oldies music (50s and 60s) plays at a medium level, and there are a couple dozen tables and booths.
Much of the menu is the same with burgers, sandwiches (chicken, club, flounder, hot dogs, hoagies), fried seafood baskets (flounder, shrimp, oysters), salads and chili.
What has changed is now you don’t have to order at the counter; the restaurant offers full table service.
Breakfast is new. Prices range from $3 for two eggs with hash browns or grits, plus toast; to $5 for a build-your-own omelet or all-you-care-to-eat French toast or pancakes. They also have breakfast sandwiches on Texas toast and free refills on coffee, hot tea, soda and iced tea.
Soon, Doss says, she plans to add morning curbside-to-go gourmet coffees and bagels.
On the lunch and dinner menu, Cincinnati Skyline Chili (chili on spaghetti with shredded cheese) is a new special priced at $4. The chicken tenders have been upgraded to hand-battered chicken planks, and the Philly Cheese Steak now contains fresh shaved prime rib instead of frozen steak substance.
I had a small Chili Cheeseburger for $4.39 and loved it. The meat is obviously fresh and hand-patted. I had two onion ring choices: Fat Beer Battered for $3.95 or Large Homemade Hand Battered for $2.50. I chose the latter and was amazed at the huge portion size – it’s easily enough for two or three people to share. They were served with a pink mayonnaise-based dipping sauce.
A children’s menu for ages 10 and younger offers meals with fries and a drink for $4-$5. Those entrée choices are two hamburger sliders, three chicken fingers, grilled cheese, fried fish with hushpuppies or shrimp with hushpuppies.
The restaurant is hosting a classic car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. On Sundays, if you bring a church bulletin, you’ll receive a 15 percent discount.
Hamburger International is at 4765 U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 293-4994. It’s open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.