Gwen Fowler



Runners refuel at pancake houses on Sunday

Posted 2/24/2013 6:01:00 PM

The Myrtle Beach Marathon brings about 8,000 participants – along with their families and friends – to the Grand Strand each year. It makes for a great weekend for area restaurants, because long-distance runners generally love to eat and work up quite an appetite during the race.

The marathon and half-marathon are run on Saturday, and many participants stay in town until Sunday morning. So it’s pretty busy on Sunday morning if you’re looking for a late breakfast.

I ran the marathon this year, and we decided to go out for breakfast the next morning to celebrate.

Pancake houses are up and down the Grand Strand, but one of my favorites is in North Myrtle Beach. Dino’s House of Pancakes has been in business at the same location for more than 43 years, so you know they are doing something right. Dino’s is busy all Sunday mornings, but on the Sunday after the Myrtle Beach Marathon, the parking lot was overflowing.

Like most of the pancake houses along the Grand Strand, Dino’s House of Pancakes is owned by a Greek family, Tom and Barbie Kandris.

Barbie Kandris met us at the door and let us know it would be a few minutes before we were seated. The walls inside the entry are filled with photos of family and friends and a few celebrities who’ve visited over the past 43 years.

We were seated soon, and the service was prompt and helpful. Looking around, you could see how efficiently the restaurant staff was able to handle such volume. The food was cooked perfectly to order. The atmosphere was relaxed and not rushed at all, and we were leaving in less than an hour.

No wonder Dino’s House of Pancakes has flourished for 43 years. It was the perfect celebration after running 26.2 miles.