During your visit to beautiful St. Simons Island, it’s okay if you want to sleep in a little – you can still find an excellent brunch before setting out to explore the island’s wealth of beaches, natural wonders, and historical sites. From home-style Southern comfort food to quasi-gourmet fare, there’s a wealth of delicious and creative eateries here offering something for everyone.
110 Sylvan Dr.
Hours: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This wonderful hidden eatery is popular among locals for a reason. Fast and friendly service, excellent food, and a terrific little deli make Café Frederica the perfect stop for not only brunch but also to stock up on good food to enjoy while out and about. If you are there on a Tuesday or Thursday, be sure to indulge in their blueberry-stuffed French toast – it’s something to write home about.
Palmer’s Village Café
223 Mallery St.
Hours: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; open for dinner Friday through Sunday.
Two blocks from the beach is one of the best eateries on St. Simons Island: Palmer’s Village Café. From the mouthwatering “Surf Squared” breakfast and Buddy’s banana pudding pancakes to some of the best crab dishes you’ll ever have, brunch just doesn’t get any better than this.
Sandcastle Café and Grill
117 Mallery St.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a fantastic breakfast/brunch buffet, Sandcastle Café and Grill is where you want to go. Enjoy the picturesque location right on the pier while indulging in an excellent spread of southern breakfast favorites. Serving up great food since 1992, Sandcastle Café is a real winner; there is often a short wait to get in, but your patience will be amply rewarded.
Mallery Street Café
408 Mallery St.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mallery Street Café is one of those places that once you experience it you’ll to want to keep going back. Offering a wonderful Southern-style menu, friendly service, and consistently fresh, excellent food for over 60 years, Mallery Street Café has our two-thumbs-up. Beware: their pancakes are addictive!
Sandy Bottom Bagels
242 Retreat Village
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For those of you who appreciate a good bagel, you’ll love Sandy Bottom Bagels. Authentic kosher New York bagels, homemade flavored cream cheeses, local fresh eggs, and Hunter Cattle Company meats make up the mainstay of this wonderful eatery. Try their “Build Your Own Breakfast Bagel,” or choose from their excellent selection of sandwiches; either way, Sandy Bottom Bagels is a great choice to kick off your day.