Women in Business - Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts

From left: Anastasia Daskalis, Jamie Daskalis, Maria Daskalis, and Christina Paglia.

Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts is a family-run, chef driven breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in waffles and benedicts, but the menu is full of creative dishes that locals and visitors rave about.

Chef and CEO Chef Jamie Daskalis started Johnny D’s Waffles with her father, Johnny D, in 2014 after moving to Myrtle Beach from New York. Over the eight years of business, the company has grown to three locations across the Grand Strand, and is looking to start remodeling the Myrtle Beach location in the coming months as well as to expand further in the future. Johnny D passed away in early 2022, he was in the restaurant business over 40 years and as a family we are carrying on his legacy.

“He really understood how the restaurant business works,” Jamie says. “Johnny D taught us the meaning of hard work and everything he knew about running a restaurant. Now that he passed, we will look to what he taught us and learn a few new things along the way, to move forward and keep his legacy alive. He will always be our inspiration and motivation to keep going!”

Today, Jamie’s family is at the restaurants every day to ensure that they are running smoothly. We are involved with all daily operations and are not afraid to get our hands dirty.

Christina Paglia is our area manager, watching over the day to day operations of the three restaurants. Maria Daskalis runs our main office and assists managing the restaurants, Chef Jamie watches over the kitchens, menu development along with guest and public relations, and Anastasia Daskalis, mother and company president, is the glue that holds the family together.

Two brothers are involved as well. Jamie’s older brother, Nick, is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute and has been working in the kitchen at the Surfside location. Younger brother John helps maintain all of Johnny D’s properties. Our family... That is the difference.

The business has been recognized many times, voted as having the “best breakfast.”

“However, aside from being named Chef Ambassador in 2020/2021, if I had to tell you which award I am most proud of, it has to be when the Food Network voted my Red Velvet Waffle as #1 in South Carolina. That was pretty awesome,” says Jamie. “There are so many places in S.C. that make waffles and I am so proud of my unique Red Velvet Waffle recipe.”

Jamie has a passion for Autism Awareness and understanding, especially within the Grand Strand community. Jamie’s 10-year-old son, James, is Autistic and is her inspiration. She has worked to make Johnny D’s a place that individuals with autism can come and eat in a judgement-free zone, offering families the chance to enjoy a nice meal out together, which is something they may not normally have the opportunity to experience.

For women just starting out, Daskalis says that, “Woman are a force to be reckoned with. We can do anything we set our mind to. I would advise a woman to always remember... She can do this! She just needs to stay focused, have discipline, don’t be afraid to take chances and remember to surround herself with people who support her dreams.”

Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts
3301 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
3900 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
1200 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
All three locations open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily