The Signature Dishes of St. Simons Island

Whenever we take a vacation, the first thing we do after dropping off our bags in our vacation rental is scout out our surroundings for restaurants that serve local favorites. Vacations aren’t just about rental homes and prime beach locations in our minds; a great vacation involves food, drinks, and more food!

We kind of figure you are the same way, so our helpful staff at SSIRentals has done some heavy research and sacrificed some tight clothing to compile a list of some of the local restaurants and their signature dishes for your tasting pleasures during your St. Simons Island getaway.

  • Halyard’s Wild Georgia Shrimp & Gayla’s Grits – You may be vacationing on an island, but you’re still in the South, y’all, and nothing screams Southern cuisine louder than fresh caught Georgia shrimp and grits! Served with a Patak andouille sausage gravy and tomatoes, count your blessings that you don’t need to count calories while on vacation! 55 Cinema Lane
  • Barbara Jean’s Crab Cakes – Crab cakes are a weakness of everyone here, and when we find really scrumptious ones like these from Barbara Jean’s, it’s hard for us to stay away. Featuring all lump backfin crab meat – with NO fillers – these crab cakes are addictive! 214 Mallery Street
  • Bubba Garcia’s Calamari Tacos – The key ingredient to every dish here is a sprinkling of fun, which makes their calamari tacos even more delicious than you would think! Lightly battered and fried, the calamari is then topped with black bean and orange pico de gallo, fried jalapeños, and chipotle cream created right on the premises! 200 Redfern Village Street
  • Georgia Sea Grill’s Red Snapper – Everything at the Georgia Sea Grill is fresh and local and their seared red snapper served on farro with sautéed ramps (wild onions only found in the Eastern U.S.), shiitake mushrooms, and topped with a peach balsamic vinaigrette will have you thanking the chef sincerely and from the bottom of your heart!

You might have noticed a theme to this article—all the signature dishes are seafood of some sort! Island life goes hand in hand with fresh caught seafood, and while all the dishes at our local restaurants deserve a large round of applause, the seafood is where they shine! Additionally, this is just a small sampling of what is available on our little slice of paradise; feel free to ask us for more ideas and input on the best in town, we love to help! In the meantime, why not check out our rentals and discover what else we have to offer!