Named one of The Best U. S. Islands by Conde Nast Traveler in 2019, St. Simons Island, Georgia is known for its extraordinary landscape, pristine beaches, amicable climate, charter fishing, and world-class golfing. It has restaurants that have exceptionally flavorful seafood, fried dishes, and comfort cuisine that are synonymous with the South. When retreating to this stunning corner of the world, visit these locales that offer an authentic taste of the low country.

Echo St Simons Island

ECHO

Delight in an oceanfront dining experience at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. It features a spectacular view as you feast on fabulous low country cuisine and international fare. For breakfast, try the smoked salmon plate, praline French toast, and seafood omelet. Maple pecan chicken salad sandwich, pimento cheese hummus, and she-crab soup will make for a delicious lunch. Coastal cobb salad, Atlantic grouper, and smoked oyster & artichoke Dip will be great for dinner. Relax on the beach with cocktails like a St. Simons Island Sunrise, Pear & Cranberry Bellini, Peach & Blackberry Muddle, White Peach Sangria, and Prince’s Paloma.

Golden Isles Olive Oil Restaurant and Wine Bar

Golden Isles Olive Oil Gourmet Market & Wine Bar

After shopping in and strolling about the eclectic Redfern Village District, saunter into this wonderful gourmet shop where you will find flavorful infused or balsamic olive oil, honey, syrup, spices, and sweet treats.  Stay for lunch or dinner and partake in premium wines and appetizing light bites such as truffle soak goat cheese, pimento cheese sandwich, Golden Isles flatbread, curry chicken salad sandwich, toasted Caprese sandwich, and charcuterie boards.

Georgia Sea Grill

Georgia Sea Grill

This remarkable upscale restaurant features specially curated low country cuisine. Delectable menu items include crab-stuffed hush puppies, Escargot, roasted beets, cornmeal-dusted oysters, wasabi pea encrusted tuna, crab Maison, herb-crusted lamb racks, bacon poached verlasso salmon, house-made desserts, and wines. Consider the Reserve Wine List with varietals from Flowers Vineyard, Cakebread Cellars, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and Goldschmidt Vineyards.

Gnat's Landing

Gnat’s Landing

Tasty burgers, sandwiches, and seafood are great choices on the menu at this favored spot for the locals and visitors alike. In a friendly, casual atmosphere, guests can really relax, kick back, and enjoy delicious Southern-style fares such as Vidalia onion pie, salmon BLT, fried dill pickle chips, shrimp po’boy, fried okra, Mary’s salad, and Gnat’s famous slaw bowl.

Porch St Simons Island

Porch

Taste downhome goodness when you visit this restaurant. You can take a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables on the fenced-in property, sit on the old-fashioned screened-in porch, or just relax inside. Enjoy tasty Southern dishes like fried chicken, chicken tenders, catfish, wild Georgia shrimp, maple baked beans, pimento cheese grits, mac n’ cheese, ‘nana pudding, roasted corn on the cob, and JB’s collards. If you like spicy foods, just ask them to add the “HEAT”.

For more information about St. Simons Island and its restaurants, visit the following sites: Golden Isles Georgia, Explore St. Simons Island, King and Prince Resort Info, and Explore Georgia.

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