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Hamburger Joe’s and the average burger

We go to North Myrtle beach all the time.  For years, I’ve been told I needed to go to Hamburger Joe’s.  Well, last weekend I went.

Hamburger Joe's sign

It’s odd.  It seems like these places take on some kind of mythical status in the minds of tourists.  It seems like a dose of salt air improves the taste and atmosphere of some of these ‘great’ places.  For me, I don’t get it.  I guess I’m hard to impress when it comes to ‘going out to eat’.  For me, it’s just not the same kind of event it is for a lot of people.  I want good food.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting down all the ‘tourist’ type places to eat.  Some of them have some good meals.  I’ll get to that in another post.

Let’s get this out of the way…is it a bad place to eat?  Absolutely not.  Our food was good and the service was excellent.  The prices are very reasonable.  It’s a good, casual place to eat at the beach.

Hamburger Joe's Menu

Now, would I wait, like at all, for a table?  Absolutely not.  That’s my point here.  If I were at home and wanted a burger and knew there was a place like this to go, I might go.  But, if I had to wait on a table to eat there, I’d just go to Sonic.  If I were at the beach with my family, I definitely wouldn’t spend the time waiting on a table.  We’d hit somewhere else and spend that time together.


The good:

  • It’s a cheap place to eat.
  • The food is decent.
  • The service is good.

The bad:

  • Nothing bad really.  It just wasn’t as good as what I’d been led to believe.
  • They only take cash.  In today’s time, I completely don’t understand that.  I know they’re trying to save the 2 or 3% cost for taking cards.
  • Some guy.  I don’t know who he was but there was some guy that worked there that kept hovering around the front door.  He’d walk in.  He’d walk out.  He’d walk in.  He’d walk out.  He’d snap his figures awhile, then start over.  I got the feeling he was hoping more people would show up or something.


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