011 (2)One of the best parts about visiting a new city is finding amazing places to eat. From BBQ to southern fare, burgers to Creole, St. Simons Island has every kind of restaurant you could imagine.

ECHO Oceanfront Restaurant is St. Simons Island’s only restaurant directly on the beach, with sweeping view of the Atlantic and ample outdoor dining. Part of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, ECHO is known for both delicious, locally caught seafood and their unique, hand-crafted cocktails. For your additional dining pleasure, there is a bakeshop on premises offering fresh breads and desserts.

If you’re searching for a restaurant with a little bit of everything, look no further than Decoy Bar & Grill. Owned by a St. Simons resident, Decoy offers soups, seafood, entrée salads, pasta, steaks, and fabulous desserts. The décor is casual but fine, echoing the island feel. You’re sure to find something delicious at Decoy, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Blackwater Grill is the quintessential island seafood restaurant. Visit here to get your traditional Low Country Boil, gumbo, Cajun rubbed ribs, and all the freshly caught and prepared seafood that St. Simons Island is known for.

If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, visit closed J. Mac’s Island Restaurant. Arrive early for appetizers and to enjoy their martini and piano bar, or stay late for their large array of after dinner drinks. From 5:30pm until 6:15pm, enjoy Twilight Specials, and then stay for their thoughtful versions of fresh seafood, lamb, soft shell crab, lobster, and steak. J. Mac’s Island Restaurant is the place to visit if you’re in search of a real St. Simons experience.

The Crab Trap should be your destination for traditional, down home beach food. Open for more than 30 years, the Crab Trap is a tradition in which every visitor must partake. The seafood is freshly caught and served fried, broiled, blackened, or grilled. The oysters are served on the half shell, and the sides are traditional – battered fries, hush puppies, and cole slaw. If you want beach food, you go to the Crab Trap.

If BBQ is what you’re after, St. Simons has two options. The Beachcomber BBQ & Grill provides patrons with smoked, barbecued, and grilled chicken, ribs, and pork. Burgers and hot dogs (freshly grilled, of course) are also a menu staple. And the Beachcomber prides itself on its freshly squeezed lemonade. Complete your BBQ tour of St. Simons Island with a stop at Southern Soul BBQ, features on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Pork is the main idea at this classic BBQ restaurant, and top the slow roasted goodness with a wide array of traditional BBQ sauces.

Finally, Iguanas Seafood Restaurant was voted Best Fried Shrimp by Elegant Island Living – how could you not visit a restaurant with that distinction? In addition to the famous fried shrimp, patrons can order calamari, mussels, and several varieties of Georgia shrimp, from buffalo, bacon wrapped, or simply peel and eat. Finish your meal with a bowl or cone of complimentary soft serve ice cream, a perk that regulars rave about.

A vacation destination for more than 100 years, St. Simons Island has multiple restaurants to choose from, suiting every taste from vegetarian to upscale steakhouse. When planning your trip to St. Simons Island, make sure to plan a visit to some of these amazing restaurants.