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24 Restaurants for Dining and Drinking on St. Simons Island in Georgia

The historic island off the coast of Georgia offers everything from barbecue, locally brewed beer, and burgers to seafood, pizza, and pho

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People generally don’t associate beaches with Georgia despite it having 100 miles of Atlantic coastline and 14 barrier islands; some of which are state parks or dedicated to protecting wildlife like sea turtles and wild horses. For many Georgia residents, an annual trek to the beach wouldn’t be complete without a visit to St. Simons Island. The large barrier island just off the coast is home to an iconic lighthouse, salt marshes teeming with birds and sea creatures, treelined streets dripping with Spanish moss, historic sites, and some really good beach food.

Here are 24 restaurants to check out while hitting the beaches on St. Simons Island this summer, along with a few in nearby Brunswick.

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1. Happy Pappy's Bakery

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4603 Altama Ave
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 222-6707
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Sticky toffee cake, mini pies, glazed buttermilk doughnuts, and pecan pie bars are all baked fresh at Happy Pappy’s Bakery in Brunswick. Some baked goods offered here even come from 100-year-old family recipes. Grab coffee, a latte, or a coffee protein shake and a sweet treat for the road. Vegan, keto, and gluten-free options available.

2. Hwang Keum Jung Korean Restaurant

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3421-9 Cypress Mill Rd
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 261-8040
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This family-owned Korean restaurant in Brunswick serves everything from rice cakes, mandu, and seafood pancakes to bulgogi, generous plates of japchae, and hot pots and hearty galbi soup on the menu. Make sure to check out the lunch specials here.

3. La Salsa Taqueria Tienda

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5701 Altama Ave #1
Brunswick, GA 31525
(912) 466-9343

Located across the street from Publix, La Salsa Taqueria Tienda offers a vast menu featuring everything from tortas stuffed with scrambled eggs mixed with pork, sausage, steak, and chicken and a variety of tacos to a selection of Mexican seafood dishes, hearty soups like menudo on the weekends, and chilaquiles.

4. Island Jerk Shack

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5719 Altama Ave
Brunswick, GA 31525
(912) 289-2984
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This is the spot for jerk chicken and fish entrees served with rice and peas and plantains, bowls of brown stew, oxtail plates, and Jamaican beef patties. Can’t decide? Try the sampler platter, which comes with a choice of three meats, rice and peas, and plantains.

5. A Moveable Feast

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1178 Chapel Crossing Rd
Brunswick, GA 31525
(912) 289-9464
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For those seeking soups, salads, and really good sandwiches, check out A Moveable Feast in Brunswick. The menu here offers salads like tuna nicoise or a traditional wedge with creamy blue cheese dressing along with sandwiches, including egg salad with smoked salmon, a caprese panini, and turkey BLT. Be sure to order a cup of the soup of the day and an ice cream sandwich for dessert, too.

6. Palmer's Village Café

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223 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-5515
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This quaint cafe located in the village near the lighthouse serves an all-day breakfast and lunch. Order any of Palmer’s Village Cafe’s omelets like the hooch with spicy tomatoes, provolone, cheddar, and sausage topped with fried onions. For lunch, try the crabwich with herb mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, and tomato jam on a griddled English muffin.

7. Barbara Jean's

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214 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-6500
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Sometimes nothing beats a plate filled with Southern comfort food. Barbara Jean’s serves everything from fried chicken and catfish sandwiches to shrimp and grits and chicken fried steak. The restaurant is known for its crab cakes. Make sure to order a slice of key lime pie for dessert. Barbara Jean’s also has locations on Amelia Island and in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

8. Del Sur Artisan Eats

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321 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-1223
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Del Sur Artisan Eats mixes the flavors of Argentina with Italy in its dishes. Start with the grilled game sausage or lamb empanada before the main course of linguini alla vongole or smoked pork butt sautéed with guava sauce and a side of polenta.

9. The Half Shell SSI

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504 Beachview Dr
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 268-4241
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The Half Shell is located in the Pier Village at the tip of the island. This is where to head for peel-eat-shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and chilled tuna tacos. Try an oyster shooter like the Red Neck with a shot of PBR and an Old Bay rim with an oyster topped with hot sauce, lemon and lime. There’s a small patio out front for outdoor dining. Walk to the pier after dinner for spectacular sunsets or a nighttime stroll on the beach.

10. Palm Coast Coffee, Cafe & Pub

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318 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-7515
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Palm Coast isn’t just a cafe, it’s also a coffeehouse and a pub with a full bar. The cafe is open for breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Order the shrimp frittata with tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions topped with goat cheese and chives paired with an Irish coffee or a bloody mary. For lunch, try the Thai chicken wrap or the ham, apple, and cheddar panini with a beer.

11. Frosty’s Griddle and Shake

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501 Mallery St
St Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 434-9509
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Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs, chocolate-dipped soft serve cones, and milkshakes are what’s on the menu at Frosty’s. Order a Frosty De-luxe topped with American cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles, and Frosty sauce with a basket of crinkle fries. End the meal with a milkshake, root beer float, or a fudge brownie sundae.

12. Mallery Street Cafe

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408 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-7772
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Mallery Street Cafe is a family-owned and operated breakfast and lunch spot located near the historic St. Simons Island lighthouse. The menu is simple and straightforward with pancakes, eggs, and coffee in the morning and salads, burgers, and sandwiches for lunch.

13. Porch

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549 Ocean Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-5168
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Porch is serving up Nashville-style hot chicken — and catfish and shrimp — with four levels of heat ranging from naked (no heat) to the order-at-your-own-risk napalm. There’s a great outdoor seating area here, too.

14. Sandy Bottom Bagels

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242 Retreat Village
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 434-9310
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Sandy Bottom Bagels makes New York-style kosher bagels fresh daily from its island shop. The deli carries traditional bagel flavors like everything, pumpernickel, egg, and sea salt as well as asiago, sun-dried tomato, and French toast. Swing by in the morning and order a build-your-own bagel breakfast sandwich.

15. Southern Soul Barbeque

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2020 Demere Rd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-7685
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Southern Living magazine once dubbed this St. Simons barbecue spot housed in a former gas station “the best barbecue in the South”. While which joints actually serve the “best” barbecue is a matter of personal taste — and will forever and always be a hotly debated topic — Southern Soul does serve really great ‘cue on the menu, along with Brunswick stew. Order the Southern Soul Sampler with a choice of two or three meats (get the brisket and the ribs) and two sides.

16. Island Pho

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111 Longview Plaza Driveway
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 268-4081
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Some days just call for a steaming bowl of hot pho. Island Pho is a family-owned restaurant serving Vietnamese fare, including bowls of chicken or beef flank pho, spring rolls, lemongrass chicken, and shaking beef.

17. Crabdaddy's Seafood Bar Grill

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1217 Ocean Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-1120
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This seafood bar and grill is a St. Simons mainstay. For over 30 years, Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill has played host to island residents and tourists seeking fried shrimp, grouper fingers, and crab cakes. Make sure to order a side of cheese grits and green bean casserole. There’s banana pudding for dessert, too.

18. Halyards Restaurant

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55 Cinema Ln
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-9100
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Most people who live on or visit St. Simons regularly consider Halyards Restaurant beach fancy. There’s no need for a coat and tie here, but do prepare for dishes such as seared ahi tuna, filet mignon, and blue crab bisque paired with a glass of champagne or a big, bold cabernet.

19. Barrier Island Brewing

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1226 Ocean Blvd STE 1
St Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 268-2774
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This brewpub opened on the island in 2019 brewing everything from an amber lager and wheat ale to hazy and double IPAs and seasonal beers. The beer-friendly food menu here features bites like a stuffed pretzel board, scallops and hash, a steak sandwich, and, of course, a pub burger. Unlike many breweries, the seating set-up at Barrier Island Brewing is more restaurant than taproom.

20. Local Brew Coffee Makers

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26 Market St
St Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 434-9590
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Open daily at 7:30 a.m., this cafe serves coffee and a range of coffee drinks, tea, and fresh-pressed juices paired with sandwiches and salads throughout the day. Kick off the morning with a BEC croissant sandwich or a three-egg omelette. At lunch, order a grilled cheese BLT with beefsteak tomato and bacon or an open-faced tuna melt salad.

21. Certified Burgers and Beverage

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44 Midway Sq
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 268-4330
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Certified Burgers and Beverages opened on St. Simons in 2017, and it’s become a must-stop for beach-going burger enthusiasts. Try the Nola burger (an ode to that city’s muffaletta sandwich) topped with salami, lettuce, tomato, provolone, and olive relish. Order a side of chickpea fritters, boiled peanuts, or smoked fish dip to nibble on before the meal and an ice cream float for dessert.

22. Cafe Frederica

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110 Sylvan Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-6777
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Cafe Frederica is a favorite for breakfast and lunch for the island’s permanent residents and its frequent visitors. The cafe has been open for over 30 years now on St. Simons. Try the crab cake benedict or the eggs benedict with country ham and corned beef.

23. Sals Neighborhood Pizzeria

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3415 Frederica Rd # E
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 268-2328
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Founded by New Jersey native and professional boxer turned pizza slinger Sal Cenicola, Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria is said to have the best pies on the island. In addition to New York-style pizzas, Sal’s also offers heaping bowls of pasta, sandwiches, including a giant meatball sub, and calzones aptly named “salzones”.

24. The Market at Sea Island

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351 Sea Island Rd
St Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 634-3994
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Looking for a spot to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee in the morning or a made-to-order sandwich in the afternoon from the deli while stocking up on food provisions for the beach house? The Market at Sea Island sells take-and-bake meals, fresh-baked breads and cookies, local produce, meats, and seafood as well as cheeses and wine in its shop. Closed Sundays.

1. Happy Pappy's Bakery

4603 Altama Ave, Brunswick, GA 31520

Sticky toffee cake, mini pies, glazed buttermilk doughnuts, and pecan pie bars are all baked fresh at Happy Pappy’s Bakery in Brunswick. Some baked goods offered here even come from 100-year-old family recipes. Grab coffee, a latte, or a coffee protein shake and a sweet treat for the road. Vegan, keto, and gluten-free options available.

4603 Altama Ave
Brunswick, GA 31520

2. Hwang Keum Jung Korean Restaurant

3421-9 Cypress Mill Rd, Brunswick, GA 31520

This family-owned Korean restaurant in Brunswick serves everything from rice cakes, mandu, and seafood pancakes to bulgogi, generous plates of japchae, and hot pots and hearty galbi soup on the menu. Make sure to check out the lunch specials here.

3421-9 Cypress Mill Rd
Brunswick, GA 31520

3. La Salsa Taqueria Tienda

5701 Altama Ave #1, Brunswick, GA 31525

Located across the street from Publix, La Salsa Taqueria Tienda offers a vast menu featuring everything from tortas stuffed with scrambled eggs mixed with pork, sausage, steak, and chicken and a variety of tacos to a selection of Mexican seafood dishes, hearty soups like menudo on the weekends, and chilaquiles.

5701 Altama Ave #1
Brunswick, GA 31525

4. Island Jerk Shack

5719 Altama Ave, Brunswick, GA 31525

This is the spot for jerk chicken and fish entrees served with rice and peas and plantains, bowls of brown stew, oxtail plates, and Jamaican beef patties. Can’t decide? Try the sampler platter, which comes with a choice of three meats, rice and peas, and plantains.

5719 Altama Ave
Brunswick, GA 31525

5. A Moveable Feast

1178 Chapel Crossing Rd, Brunswick, GA 31525

For those seeking soups, salads, and really good sandwiches, check out A Moveable Feast in Brunswick. The menu here offers salads like tuna nicoise or a traditional wedge with creamy blue cheese dressing along with sandwiches, including egg salad with smoked salmon, a caprese panini, and turkey BLT. Be sure to order a cup of the soup of the day and an ice cream sandwich for dessert, too.

1178 Chapel Crossing Rd
Brunswick, GA 31525

6. Palmer's Village Café

223 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

This quaint cafe located in the village near the lighthouse serves an all-day breakfast and lunch. Order any of Palmer’s Village Cafe’s omelets like the hooch with spicy tomatoes, provolone, cheddar, and sausage topped with fried onions. For lunch, try the crabwich with herb mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, and tomato jam on a griddled English muffin.

223 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

7. Barbara Jean's

214 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Sometimes nothing beats a plate filled with Southern comfort food. Barbara Jean’s serves everything from fried chicken and catfish sandwiches to shrimp and grits and chicken fried steak. The restaurant is known for its crab cakes. Make sure to order a slice of key lime pie for dessert. Barbara Jean’s also has locations on Amelia Island and in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

214 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

8. Del Sur Artisan Eats

321 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Del Sur Artisan Eats mixes the flavors of Argentina with Italy in its dishes. Start with the grilled game sausage or lamb empanada before the main course of linguini alla vongole or smoked pork butt sautéed with guava sauce and a side of polenta.

321 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

9. The Half Shell SSI

504 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

The Half Shell is located in the Pier Village at the tip of the island. This is where to head for peel-eat-shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and chilled tuna tacos. Try an oyster shooter like the Red Neck with a shot of PBR and an Old Bay rim with an oyster topped with hot sauce, lemon and lime. There’s a small patio out front for outdoor dining. Walk to the pier after dinner for spectacular sunsets or a nighttime stroll on the beach.

504 Beachview Dr
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

10. Palm Coast Coffee, Cafe & Pub

318 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Palm Coast isn’t just a cafe, it’s also a coffeehouse and a pub with a full bar. The cafe is open for breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Order the shrimp frittata with tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions topped with goat cheese and chives paired with an Irish coffee or a bloody mary. For lunch, try the Thai chicken wrap or the ham, apple, and cheddar panini with a beer.

318 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

11. Frosty’s Griddle and Shake

501 Mallery St, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs, chocolate-dipped soft serve cones, and milkshakes are what’s on the menu at Frosty’s. Order a Frosty De-luxe topped with American cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles, and Frosty sauce with a basket of crinkle fries. End the meal with a milkshake, root beer float, or a fudge brownie sundae.

501 Mallery St
St Simons Island, GA 31522

12. Mallery Street Cafe

408 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Mallery Street Cafe is a family-owned and operated breakfast and lunch spot located near the historic St. Simons Island lighthouse. The menu is simple and straightforward with pancakes, eggs, and coffee in the morning and salads, burgers, and sandwiches for lunch.

408 Mallery St
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

13. Porch

549 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Porch is serving up Nashville-style hot chicken — and catfish and shrimp — with four levels of heat ranging from naked (no heat) to the order-at-your-own-risk napalm. There’s a great outdoor seating area here, too.

549 Ocean Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

14. Sandy Bottom Bagels

242 Retreat Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Sandy Bottom Bagels makes New York-style kosher bagels fresh daily from its island shop. The deli carries traditional bagel flavors like everything, pumpernickel, egg, and sea salt as well as asiago, sun-dried tomato, and French toast. Swing by in the morning and order a build-your-own bagel breakfast sandwich.

242 Retreat Village
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

15. Southern Soul Barbeque

2020 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Southern Living magazine once dubbed this St. Simons barbecue spot housed in a former gas station “the best barbecue in the South”. While which joints actually serve the “best” barbecue is a matter of personal taste — and will forever and always be a hotly debated topic — Southern Soul does serve really great ‘cue on the menu, along with Brunswick stew. Order the Southern Soul Sampler with a choice of two or three meats (get the brisket and the ribs) and two sides.

2020 Demere Rd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

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16. Island Pho

111 Longview Plaza Driveway, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Some days just call for a steaming bowl of hot pho. Island Pho is a family-owned restaurant serving Vietnamese fare, including bowls of chicken or beef flank pho, spring rolls, lemongrass chicken, and shaking beef.

111 Longview Plaza Driveway
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

17. Crabdaddy's Seafood Bar Grill

1217 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

This seafood bar and grill is a St. Simons mainstay. For over 30 years, Crabdaddy’s Seafood Grill has played host to island residents and tourists seeking fried shrimp, grouper fingers, and crab cakes. Make sure to order a side of cheese grits and green bean casserole. There’s banana pudding for dessert, too.

1217 Ocean Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

18. Halyards Restaurant

55 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Most people who live on or visit St. Simons regularly consider Halyards Restaurant beach fancy. There’s no need for a coat and tie here, but do prepare for dishes such as seared ahi tuna, filet mignon, and blue crab bisque paired with a glass of champagne or a big, bold cabernet.

55 Cinema Ln
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

19. Barrier Island Brewing

1226 Ocean Blvd STE 1, St Simons Island, GA 31522

This brewpub opened on the island in 2019 brewing everything from an amber lager and wheat ale to hazy and double IPAs and seasonal beers. The beer-friendly food menu here features bites like a stuffed pretzel board, scallops and hash, a steak sandwich, and, of course, a pub burger. Unlike many breweries, the seating set-up at Barrier Island Brewing is more restaurant than taproom.

1226 Ocean Blvd STE 1
St Simons Island, GA 31522

20. Local Brew Coffee Makers

26 Market St, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Open daily at 7:30 a.m., this cafe serves coffee and a range of coffee drinks, tea, and fresh-pressed juices paired with sandwiches and salads throughout the day. Kick off the morning with a BEC croissant sandwich or a three-egg omelette. At lunch, order a grilled cheese BLT with beefsteak tomato and bacon or an open-faced tuna melt salad.

26 Market St
St Simons Island, GA 31522

21. Certified Burgers and Beverage

44 Midway Sq, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Certified Burgers and Beverages opened on St. Simons in 2017, and it’s become a must-stop for beach-going burger enthusiasts. Try the Nola burger (an ode to that city’s muffaletta sandwich) topped with salami, lettuce, tomato, provolone, and olive relish. Order a side of chickpea fritters, boiled peanuts, or smoked fish dip to nibble on before the meal and an ice cream float for dessert.

44 Midway Sq
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

22. Cafe Frederica

110 Sylvan Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Cafe Frederica is a favorite for breakfast and lunch for the island’s permanent residents and its frequent visitors. The cafe has been open for over 30 years now on St. Simons. Try the crab cake benedict or the eggs benedict with country ham and corned beef.

110 Sylvan Blvd
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

23. Sals Neighborhood Pizzeria

3415 Frederica Rd # E, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Founded by New Jersey native and professional boxer turned pizza slinger Sal Cenicola, Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria is said to have the best pies on the island. In addition to New York-style pizzas, Sal’s also offers heaping bowls of pasta, sandwiches, including a giant meatball sub, and calzones aptly named “salzones”.

3415 Frederica Rd # E
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

24. The Market at Sea Island

351 Sea Island Rd, St Simons Island, GA 31522

Looking for a spot to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee in the morning or a made-to-order sandwich in the afternoon from the deli while stocking up on food provisions for the beach house? The Market at Sea Island sells take-and-bake meals, fresh-baked breads and cookies, local produce, meats, and seafood as well as cheeses and wine in its shop. Closed Sundays.

351 Sea Island Rd
St Simons Island, GA 31522

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