Dead Dog Saloon offers gourmet breakfast

  • Monday, March 24, 2014

Anita Crone/For The Times Peter Haentjens tests the lobster hash, one of the signature dishes on the Dead Dog breakfast menu.


The Grand Strand is known for its breakfasts. Pancake houses sit on nearly every block.

More than one franchise has parlayed the egg into a big business. Advertisements for Sunday brunch vie for attention. But they ain’t seen nothing yet.

Starting March 30, breakfast returns to the Marsh Walk – with a gourmet twist.

Yes, there will be eggs. But they will sit atop such offerings as crab Benedict, lobster hash or in fruit-stuffed French toast.

And the offerings will not be Sunday specials or served buffet style. “The food will be made-to-order fresh,” said Peter Haentjens, the chef who conceived the menu and who has been pushing the other owners of the Dead Dog Saloon to try the gourmet breakfasts seven days a week.

This is not the first time that a Marsh Walk restaurant has tried a breakfast offering. But it is the first time one of the organizations has added the word “gourmet,” with the promise to offer more than the routine fare. Next week, Haentjens and the Dead Dog staff plan to go through test runs, tweaking the menu – which so far has 25 offerings, ranging in price from about $9 to $15. The effort will culminate in the “dress rehearsal,” on March 29, two seatings for about 80 guests each, where the food will be absolutely free, a real windfall, so to speak, chuckled Charley Campbell, the managing owner of the restaurant.

For the past two weeks and extending into the next week, Campbell and his alter-ego Dudley Deaddog, the symbol of the restaurant, have been running a trivia contest in the morning and early evening on Facebook, with the prize being breakfast for two the day before the debut of the gourmet breakfast. The more than 100 people who enter the contest were stumped for the first time over the clues for “windfall.” Campbell chuckled. “I came up with something that beat Google, too.”

The early seating for the contest winners is full. But seats still remain for the later seating.

Once the breakfast starts for real, patrons can stop in anytime starting at 7 a.m. They can dine in the bar area or on the Dead Dog decks.


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