If you’re anything like us, you travel to eat! Known for some of the best Southern coastal cuisine, the Golden Isles is the perfect place to truly get a taste of the South. So, grab a bike (to help burn off the calories as you go!) and explore our St. Simons Island Culinary Trail – just don’t fill up too early on the path! You’ll want to try a little of everything at these incredible places!
117 Mallery Street
Start your day at Sandcastle Café – where you’ll find the best Bloody Mary on the island! You might be tempted to fill up on the breakfast buffet, and we won’t blame you if you do, but we recommend starting with a light breakfast before heading to a few more places on the trail!
Iguana's Seafood Restaurant
303 Mallery Street
Just down the road from Sandcastle Café, you’ll come across Iguana’s Seafood Restaurant – where you won’t want to miss the shrimp prepared in a variety of ways. Try it fried, buffalo, blackened, bacon-wrapped, coconut battered – you can’t go wrong! Just make sure to save some room for the complimentary, self-serve ice cream on your way out!
Georgia Sea Grill
407 Mallery Street
Continue down the street toward Georgia Sea Grill, where you’ll find a small restaurant with big flavor (most days, Georgia Sea Grill opens at 5pm, so you might have to back track to this location if you are an early riser!). You’ll want to try some of the small bites here – especially the local oysters (chef’s choice on the half shell or cornmeal dusted) or crab-stuffed hushpuppies!
200 Pier Alley
Head back toward the ocean to get to Brogen’s South, a casual eatery with a great double-decker patio space where you can enjoy some to-die-for wild Georgia shrimp and a cold beer before a longer trek to the next stop on the culinary trail.
201 Arnold Road
Head along the eastern side of the island down Ocean Road to the King & Prince Resort, where you’ll find ECHO, St. Simons Island’s only oceanfront restaurant. Here, get a taste of one of our local specialties: freshly caught Grouper (try the appetizer tacos either blackened, grilled, or fried!).
310 Redfern Village
Another trek, but worth the trip, Gnat’s Landing is the perfect, laid-back spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy a Golden Isles specialty: Brunswick Stew. If you’re lucky, Gnat’s will even have live music performances happening when you roll through!
75 Cinema Lane
Continue heading north on St. Simons Island up Frederica Road to get to Tramici, an idyllic St. Simons Island spot for lunch or dinner – and one of our favorite places to try locally caught snapper. Sit at the bar or in the open-air courtyard to enjoy this local flavor!
55 Cinema Lane
Round out your culinary voyage at Halyards, which shares a courtyard with Tramici. Here, try some more fresh, local grouper, shrimp, or another catch of the day – you can’t go wrong when the chef and owner is out every morning hauling in that day’s menu!
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