Having previously told you all about the top 5 seafood restaurants in St. Simons Island, we were feeling like we STILL hadn’t made a dent in the list…seafood on the island is exquisite and a dining experience not to be missed! So here are 5 more restaurants to be added to our Top 5! (We never claimed to be good at math!)
Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar
For the prettiest view of the water and the tastiest of ocean fare Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar is the best of the best! Creating unique versions of the old standbys, their Lobster Nachos and house made Lobster and Crab Ravioli are so delicious the end of the meal will bring a sadness to your heart, because endings are so, well, sad. Located at 102 Marina Drive, don’t forget to try their Lobster Omelette available only during their spectacular Sunday Brunch!
Echo at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Echo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as officers’ quarters for the Naval Air Station on St. Simons, and for that we are all so very grateful (although we do think the background of the name Echo IS pretty cool…it is derived from the radar used during the war!) Military cooks aren’t known for their abilities to create heavenly meals that melt in your mouth and leave you longing for more…but the chef at Echo most certainly can and does; three meals a day, seven days a week! Echo’s Crab Cake Benedict is so sinfully scrumptious it’s almost a crime to try any of their other dishes…or would it be considered a crime to not try any of their other meals? The Georgia shrimp bisque, the mussels, the coastal catch of the day all so divine you’d think they werecreated by angels! Trust us when we say no vacation to St. Simons Island would be complete without a visit to Echo, located at 201 Arnold Rd.
Right off the bat, this must be known about Halyards, located at 55 Cinema Lane (conveniently right across from Island Cinemas…dinner and a movie anyone?) Every single item on their menu is made from scratch. From their sauces to their seafood, everything is homemade…just like your grandma cooked (if she was a good cook…if not, ignore that last sentence fragment!) Halyards’ fried local Georgia shrimp taco is so good it should be declared illegal and for a true southern temptation with a twist, you must try their wild Georgia shrimp and Gayla’s grits served with a Patak Andouille Sausage Gravy we are pretty sure your grandmother never even attempted to prepare!
The Crab Trap
The outside of the Crab Trap is simple and unassuming and most definitely does not prepare you for the heavenly creations you will find inside. Family owned and operated, this is the kind of place every vacationer hopes to find, simple, yet delicious, a place you can enjoy a cold beer and a hot bowl of their famous crab soup….or a glass of wine and their seared swordfish served with wild rice, fried Brussel sprouts, citrus butter sauce and pineapple salsa…or a coke and their crispy Flounder fish tacos with sweet chili slaw and a cilantro-lime aioli. Get the picture? Visit the Crab Trap located on 1209 Ocean Blvd and you will get the best seafood meal of your life!
And for the number 10 restaurant on our top 5 list (math is still not our strong point!) If you’re looking for your seafood to have a Cajun twist, the Blackwater Grill is the place for you! Located in Redfern Village since 2000, this Cajun grill was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives where Guy Fieri raved over Blackwater Grill’s Grouper Daufuskie (brought in fresh every day!) While the grouper is an island favorite, the sautéed crab cakes served with Creole Remoulade sounds especially yummy to us…and although there is no sea food involved, Fried Green Tomato Salad is a true southern tradition that everyone should try at least once! For those of you who want to feast at home, we recommend Blackwater Grill’s “Feast in a Pot”…their divine Low Country Boil is available to go! You just pay for the meal, take it home (with the pot they provide and that you return later to get your $20. 00 deposit back) follow the very simple instructions and feast on a meal of shrimp, kielbasa, potatoes and corn on the cob. You know your mouth is watering and you’re dying to try this meal fit for a Cajun King…so come on down to 260 Redfern Village, Saint Simons Island, Georgia…we’ll be waiting!