Most people visit this historic island in Georgia in order to get some sun and surf, however we have an entirely different reason why you should visit. If you’re a foodie at heart and want to eat your way through one of Georgia’s most coveted beach towns, then we have the spot for you. Just make sure you’re hungry…
St. Simons Island has been brimming with history and summer adventures for all to enjoy for decades.
While some families visit St. Simons Island for the ocean views and relaxation, there is a whole world of food just waiting to be explored. For example...
1. Southern Soul Barbeque
Southern Soul Barbeque has been a much lauded restaurant for years, and one bite of this 12+ hour smoked meat will confirm just that. With a bevy of sides like Brunswick Stew (award winning might I add), cast iron cornbread, collards, and Hoppin’ John, this is one of the best BBQ meals you can have in the state. The address for Southern Soul Barbeque is 2020 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
2. Halyards Restaurant
If you’re looking for elevated cuisine along the Georgia coast then Halyards Restaurant is it. Not only do you get always-fresh food, but it is prepared with care and creativity. An excellent family-friendly choice when looking to jazz up a night out on the island, choose Halyards for a meal to remember. The address for Halyards Restaurant is 55 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
3. Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria
The best pizza this island has to offer all in one spot. This one-of-a-kind pizza place isn’t just reasonably priced pies, but also deliciousness to the nth degree. If you love a good Italian eatery, where everyone treats you like family, plus pizza pies as big as you could imagine, then this is the place for you. The address for Sals Neighborhood Pizzeria is 3415 Frederica Rd # E, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
4. Crabdaddy's Seafood Bar Grill
Many consider Crabdaddy’s to be a fan-favorite restaurant mainly because of the always-fresh seafood. You can’t be an island restaurant without having truly fresh seafood, right? Crabdaddy’s can get pretty crowded during the summer months, especially since it becomes the ideal place to get the ocean breeze and an iced cold beer. The address for Crabdaddy’s Seafood Bar Grill is 1217 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
5. Certified Burgers & Beverage
A hidden gem on St. Simons Island, many visitors do not yet know that Certified Burgers & Beverage exists. However, after chowing down once, it’ll be all they think about. The menu is modern yet thorough with a blend of unique burgers, hot dogs, brats, and of course, an all-American meatball sub. Can’t get more filling than that. The address for Certified Burgers and Beverage is 44 Midway Sq, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
6. Island Pho
Looking to spice up your trip with some international cuisine? Island Pho should be on your radar. Not only is this Vietnamese cuisine top notch, but it also satisfies any spice craving you have. The piping hot bowls of Pho are to-die-for, and if you’re looking for a little bit of crunch, then get the spring rolls. The address for Island Pho is 111 Longview Plaza Driveway, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
7. Palmer's Village Cafe
You probably won’t find a heartier breakfast anywhere else on the island than at Palmer’s Village Cafe. People flock from all over to experience the breakfast here, as the abundance of options to start your day is plentiful. Challah French toast, granola pancakes, veggie omelette, and Benedicts galore, there is so much to chose from, don’t say we didn’t warn you! The address for Palmer’s Village Cafe is 223 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
8. Cafe Frederica
Everyone loves Cafe Frederica, especially because it’s a hidden gem that boasts delicious food without trying too hard. There’s nothing better than having a go-to hole-in-the-wall restaurant, where you know you’ll get perfect plates of breakfast, or savory sandwiches every time. The address for Cafe Frederica is 110 Sylvan Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
9. Sandy Bottom Bagels
Sometimes all you need is a quick breakfast before you hit the beach, but you don’t want to sacrifice flavor. In that case, Sandy Bottom Bagels is for you. Not only are these some of the freshest bagels around, but they also have a unique option of toppings and bagel sandwiches which will blow you away. The address for Sandy Bottom Bagels is 242 Retreat Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
10. Barbara Jean's Restaurants
Barbara Jean’s is a place for delicious comfort food that keeps everything simple. Much like dining at a best friend’s house, Barbara Jean’s serves up perfectly prepared home cooking that your tastebuds will crave without even knowing it. The address for Barbara Jean’s is 214 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
11. Del Sur Artisan Eats
Honest gourmet food at fair prices—this is Del Sur Artisan Eats. If you’re visiting St. Simons Island and looking for a night out on the town with elevated cuisine paired with excellent wine, this is the place to go. The ambiance makes this a romantic spot too, especially at night dining under the white lights. The address for Del Sur Artisan Eats is 321 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
12. The Half Shell
You can’t visit St Simons Island without taking a trip to The Half Shell. We are talking outstanding seafood options, a fun atmosphere, and a perfect locals vibe. This isn’t the type of place you have to get dressed up for, but it is the type of place you’ll come back to time-and-time again. The address for The Half Shell is 504 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522.
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