Harold’s Diner – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
FULL DISCLOSURE: This is NOT a sponsored post. Neither Harold’s Diner or The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa compensated me for this post. I just love that resort and we discovered Harold’s Diner while vacationing. We loved Harold’s so much we ate there three times in four days. All of my opinions are totally my own, but I absolutely recommend both of these places. 🙂
The door sign says it all.
I want to go back. Again. And again. And again. We found this place on our Labor Day Vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Let me tell you how we actually found this place. It was a complete accident. As you know, we drove through Hurricane Hermine to get to our beach vacation at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. When we arrived, we checked into the hotel and went in search of booze and food. We missed the turn to the resort and found an intersection with a gas station to turn around and happened upon the closed (for the night) Harold’s Diner. It was looking pretty sketchy and sharing the parking lot with the gas station. We agreed immediately that this is our kind of place and decided to check it out for breakfast.
I’m so glad we did. That’s mine. Corned beef has and gravy biscuits. Done. And done. That’s my idea of breakfast!
Chris got pancakes and eggs. These were seriously the most fluffy pancakes I think I’ve ever had.
The next breakfast Chris got an omelette that was also delicious. I had the gravy biscuits and corned beef hash. Again. Why mess with perfection? I know what I like, right?
It was also totally wallet (if not waistline) friendly.
Now that we’ve established that the food is legit, let’s talk about the place. It’s super small, y’all. I mean, think of the size of a small mobile home or an airstream trailer. No joke. There is a counter, a very small walkway, and a few tables attached to the front wall with the windows. They’re all two-seaters.
Oh! And it’s cash only. See the lady in the white shirt on the right? She didn’t realize that. They were super nice and told her just to go get some cash and come back when she can. I’m not shaming her. We can’t even see her face, so she shall remain the anonymous lady with plastic and no cash.
You grab a menu from the wall on your way in. Or after you sit down. When you realize that’s the deal. Yeah. That was us. But we had cash. 🙂
One side is breakfast and the other is lunch. That’s all they serve. In case you didn’t read the sign on the door.
They have these crazy hilarious bumper sticker type signs all over the place.
You get the idea. It’s a very interactive place. When someone knocked her (not me!) coffee cup off the counter, everyone in the place shamed them with boos and such. When she picked up the pieces and handed them to one of the three guys that man the place, he said, “Are you kidding me?” It was awesome.
Because they’re sign indicated that holidays are optional, we felt it prudent to call ahead on Labor Day to see if the opted to be open. He said something along the lines of “Of course we open! Come on baby, come on! We waiting for you!” We went.
While we were there another call came in. He said, “Yes, of course we open. Our boss is an asshole.”
You can see why we love this place and went back.
We went back again for a burger lunch on our way home.
David @ Spiced
Haha! This sounds like an awesome place. I might have been a little skeptical of eating at a place with gas pumps in the parking lot, but this sounds like some good down home eats. I’m putting this one on the list of places to visit whenever we make it down to Hilton Head! Also, who drops their coffee mug? Boooo…. 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
LMAO!!!!!! Umm Harold’s sounds AMAZING! Seriously, best line I have ever read on a blog – “It was looking pretty sketchy and sharing the parking lot with the gas station. We agreed immediately that this is our kind of place and decided to check it out for breakfast.” I heart you forever, Rach! Love all their eclectic bumper stickers and the vibe – total dive love going on there! And the employees who answered the phone? PRICELESS! Totally adding Harold’s to my list of places I MUST eat at next time we go to Hilton Head! Thanks for sharing! Xo
Rachelle, Harold’s sounds like a place a must visit!! and soon, have never been to South Carolina, but I am sure putting harold’s name on the top of my list!! thanks for a great post!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
Oh girl! This post was awesome! It literally made me smile! No fuss…love it. Get in, order your stuff, eat said stuff and get out, right? Love the hours of operation sign and all those bumper sticks. Man, they are so funny! Would love to try this place if I was ever in the area. I can see why you went back so many times!!
Yep, felt like I was sitting there with you guys! Love the atmosphere and the food is diner-perfection! My hubby would love it, too! Thanks for sharing your experience, Rachelle! So fun!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Okay, that breakfast would have been $86.59 if it was in Boston. Damn! Harolds diner is my kind of place too. I’d drive all day and night to eat that juicy burger and (hand-cut!!!!) fries. I’m going on vaca with you and Chris next time so get ready! 🙂
p.s. if you find easy street, can you please tell me where it is?
Harold’s Diner sounds like an awesome place. Haha sometimes the sketchiest looking places are the best! 🙂 As long as there is yummy food then that’s it sounds like a winner! So fun!!!
Great post! Looks like a grat place ! Love Hilton Head Island!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
What a wonderful post, Rachel. Love the beautiful ambiance and food is diner-perfection! Thanks for sharing this with us. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. 🙂
sounds like you had a great time Rachelle!
Love Harold’s!! Chuck, the owner is great and knows how to work the crowd. Lol…but the food is awesome!!! Go, if ever on HHI. Loved living there.