Dawn's Guide to the Golden Isles

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Dawn's Guide to the Golden Isles

Favorite Restaurants | St Simons

Our favorite restaurants on St Simons
Within walking distance, this place is so yummy! People actually stop in here to grab a slice - after coming from New York! Sal knows his stuff. Also, Sal himself is quite the character. A member of the boxing hall of fame and an actor on stage and screen, it’s always interesting here. Be aware that the hours are different for each day and during prime eating times, the wait can easily exceed 30 minutes. (But they will call you if you are waiting in your car.) They also have outdoor seating, but be sure to wear bug spray in the summer months. And, if you are celebrating a birthday, be sure to let your server know! They will ring the bell and the entire restaurant will sing to you.
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Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria
3415 Frederica Rd
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Within walking distance, this place is so yummy! People actually stop in here to grab a slice - after coming from New York! Sal knows his stuff. Also, Sal himself is quite the character. A member of the boxing hall of fame and an actor on stage and screen, it’s always interesting here. Be aware that the hours are different for each day and during prime eating times, the wait can easily exceed 30 minutes. (But they will call you if you are waiting in your car.) They also have outdoor seating, but be sure to wear bug spray in the summer months. And, if you are celebrating a birthday, be sure to let your server know! They will ring the bell and the entire restaurant will sing to you.
Open from 11am to 11pm every single day, we love that this place is happy to serve you if you walk in right up to closing time! If you want a burger, this is the place to go! Their cooler has a viewing window so you can see the freshness of what they are preparing. Far from the regular burger joint, you have so many options here. They have awesome fries, and if you like cheese fries, you'll have to try their cheese sauce! They have daily slider specials, daily boiled peanut flavors, and even a daily shake flavor. Things to note: They use an ipad payment system, so you do the tip and sign with the server right there. Also, you'll have to request a printed receipt if you want one.
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Certified Burgers and Beverage
44 Midway Sq
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Open from 11am to 11pm every single day, we love that this place is happy to serve you if you walk in right up to closing time! If you want a burger, this is the place to go! Their cooler has a viewing window so you can see the freshness of what they are preparing. Far from the regular burger joint, you have so many options here. They have awesome fries, and if you like cheese fries, you'll have to try their cheese sauce! They have daily slider specials, daily boiled peanut flavors, and even a daily shake flavor. Things to note: They use an ipad payment system, so you do the tip and sign with the server right there. Also, you'll have to request a printed receipt if you want one.
Brogen's North has been a neighborhood mainstay for many, many years. The food isn't fancy, but it sure is yummy. You can get your typical bar food here as well some others like pizza and even fried shrimp. The onion rings are one of our favorites! They will even split your side order if you want - half onion rings (2) and half fries. They will also make you a special chicken tender basket even though it's not on the menu. While you're here, be sure to check out the artwork in the back. They have custom caricatures by Jack Davis for the GA/FL rivalry football games.
Brogen's North
3600 Frederica Road
Brogen's North has been a neighborhood mainstay for many, many years. The food isn't fancy, but it sure is yummy. You can get your typical bar food here as well some others like pizza and even fried shrimp. The onion rings are one of our favorites! They will even split your side order if you want - half onion rings (2) and half fries. They will also make you a special chicken tender basket even though it's not on the menu. While you're here, be sure to check out the artwork in the back. They have custom caricatures by Jack Davis for the GA/FL rivalry football games.
If you want Sushi on St. Simons, this is the place to go! If you want hibachi, this is also the place to go! They don't have the table show that you might think of for Japanese restaurants, but the food is something special. Fried rice comes with veggies and egg, but they are accomodating and will do it without if you want. For a great deal, visit during lunchtime (before 3pm) as the prices are mostly under $10. And, no matter what time you come, you'll always get a free appetizer that they call an Eddie's special. Crab and cream cheese deep fried with white sauce and eel sauce, it is a delicious start to the meal. We have heard many people rave about the Saki bombs that they do although we haven't had them ourselves. They have a last call time posted which is usually about 45 minutes before actual closing time. (Closing time of 10:30 means last call is at 9:45. We LOVE this directness of expectations.)
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Fancy Q Sushi Bar & Grill
211 Redfern Village
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If you want Sushi on St. Simons, this is the place to go! If you want hibachi, this is also the place to go! They don't have the table show that you might think of for Japanese restaurants, but the food is something special. Fried rice comes with veggies and egg, but they are accomodating and will do it without if you want. For a great deal, visit during lunchtime (before 3pm) as the prices are mostly under $10. And, no matter what time you come, you'll always get a free appetizer that they call an Eddie's special. Crab and cream cheese deep fried with white sauce and eel sauce, it is a delicious start to the meal. We have heard many people rave about the Saki bombs that they do although we haven't had them ourselves. They have a last call time posted which is usually about 45 minutes before actual closing time. (Closing time of 10:30 means last call is at 9:45. We LOVE this directness of expectations.)
If you want something on the fancier side, this is our #1 pick! They serve fresh seafood and it is always delicious. I always get a combo platter (custom! yes, they will work with you) of fried shrimp and blackened scallops. My son's favorite is the 2 porkchops (these things are huge!) - perfect for a growing boy. And, my husband has two favorites. He really likes the Shrimp & Grits, although he orders them with loose grits. (They come with a grit cake standard, so you have to ask for this change.) And, the Terriyaki Scallops. All meals come with a bottomless salad served family style that has 3 home made dressing options. (They bring all 3 to the table.) Our favorite is the house dressing. The other 2 are ranch and blue cheese. Be sure to save room for dessert! Both the bread pudding and the creme brulee are amazing. If you don't have room, you can definitely get them to go. For the bread pudding, ask them to put the sauce on the side or it will be a soggy mess when you get to it later.
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Crabdaddy's Seafood Bar Grill
1217 Ocean Boulevard
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If you want something on the fancier side, this is our #1 pick! They serve fresh seafood and it is always delicious. I always get a combo platter (custom! yes, they will work with you) of fried shrimp and blackened scallops. My son's favorite is the 2 porkchops (these things are huge!) - perfect for a growing boy. And, my husband has two favorites. He really likes the Shrimp & Grits, although he orders them with loose grits. (They come with a grit cake standard, so you have to ask for this change.) And, the Terriyaki Scallops. All meals come with a bottomless salad served family style that has 3 home made dressing options. (They bring all 3 to the table.) Our favorite is the house dressing. The other 2 are ranch and blue cheese. Be sure to save room for dessert! Both the bread pudding and the creme brulee are amazing. If you don't have room, you can definitely get them to go. For the bread pudding, ask them to put the sauce on the side or it will be a soggy mess when you get to it later.
Free soft serve ice cream with every meal! That's not the only reason we go here though. :) For appetizers, we love the onion rings and the fried mushrooms. For the hot wings, be aware that they won't mix flavors on one order, but you can order them naked with sauce on the side. We have had fried shrimp, steak, blackened chicken sandwich, and the burgers here, and we haven't had a bad meal yet! They offer frozen daquiris and pina coladas which are becoming a rarity lately. Some things to note: The seats are hard wooden benches and almost all tables are booths. There is outside seating available. For parties over 6, they have a divider that comes out between two booths. So, you have two booths side by side but with a half wall between the two. Kind of a unique way to allow for larger parties. Country music is often included in the line-up here. (I mention this because my husband doesn't care for the surprise. And, maybe you don't too?) Parking can be tough in this area, so it is sometimes easier to use Lyft or Uber - especially in the summer.
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Iguanas
303 Mallery Street
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Free soft serve ice cream with every meal! That's not the only reason we go here though. :) For appetizers, we love the onion rings and the fried mushrooms. For the hot wings, be aware that they won't mix flavors on one order, but you can order them naked with sauce on the side. We have had fried shrimp, steak, blackened chicken sandwich, and the burgers here, and we haven't had a bad meal yet! They offer frozen daquiris and pina coladas which are becoming a rarity lately. Some things to note: The seats are hard wooden benches and almost all tables are booths. There is outside seating available. For parties over 6, they have a divider that comes out between two booths. So, you have two booths side by side but with a half wall between the two. Kind of a unique way to allow for larger parties. Country music is often included in the line-up here. (I mention this because my husband doesn't care for the surprise. And, maybe you don't too?) Parking can be tough in this area, so it is sometimes easier to use Lyft or Uber - especially in the summer.

Beaches

Beaches of the Golden Isles
The Coast Guard station has the most parking available of all the beaches. Also, even at high tide, there is a beach which can't be said of all the other access points. There is a long walkway, so you may want something wheeled to carry all your beach gear. This location has a shower and foot rinse as well as restrooms.
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Coast Guard Station - Public Beach Access #27
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The Coast Guard station has the most parking available of all the beaches. Also, even at high tide, there is a beach which can't be said of all the other access points. There is a long walkway, so you may want something wheeled to carry all your beach gear. This location has a shower and foot rinse as well as restrooms.
This beach isn't really one that you go to for sunning or swimming, but the sights are amazing! You'll see many pictures being taken while strolling this petrified beach.
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Driftwood Beach
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This beach isn't really one that you go to for sunning or swimming, but the sights are amazing! You'll see many pictures being taken while strolling this petrified beach.
This is one of our favorite beach access points, but there isn’t a lot of parking. This is the easiest place to see the beach from your car too.
5th Street Public Beach Access
This is one of our favorite beach access points, but there isn’t a lot of parking. This is the easiest place to see the beach from your car too.
Massengale is one of the beach access points with plenty of parking. And there is also a playground available as well as restrooms.
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Massengale Park
1350 Ocean Blvd
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Massengale is one of the beach access points with plenty of parking. And there is also a playground available as well as restrooms.

Sightseeing

Be in good shape to climb to the top!
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St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum
610 Beach View Drive
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Be in good shape to climb to the top!
Part of the history of St. Simons. There aren't a lot of standing structures here, and the site is an ongoing excavation. But, the views are beautiful and you can learn more about the history of St. Simons. Children under 16 are free.
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Fort Frederica National Monument
6515 Frederica Road
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Part of the history of St. Simons. There aren't a lot of standing structures here, and the site is an ongoing excavation. But, the views are beautiful and you can learn more about the history of St. Simons. Children under 16 are free.
The Methodist church found it's start in the New World here. Historic cemetary with many of the families from whose names the streets are named.
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Christ Church Episcopal
6329 Frederica Road
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The Methodist church found it's start in the New World here. Historic cemetary with many of the families from whose names the streets are named.

Souvenirs

Some of my favorite places for souvenirs.
This is a great place for local books & novelties. One of my favorite items was a tea towel that said “the nice thing about St Simons island is that if I forget what I should be doing, someone else will know.” 🤣
St Simons Drug Company
209 Longview Plaza Driveway
This is a great place for local books & novelties. One of my favorite items was a tea towel that said “the nice thing about St Simons island is that if I forget what I should be doing, someone else will know.” 🤣
Great place for cheap jewelry and things like sharks teeth, shells, and alligator heads.
Beach Bum Co
225 Mallery Street
Great place for cheap jewelry and things like sharks teeth, shells, and alligator heads.
Fantastic local t-shirts here.
J C Strother Co
221 Mallery Street
Fantastic local t-shirts here.
Special St Simons jewelry
Golden Isles Bracelet Co
106 Pier Village Market
Special St Simons jewelry

Bicycle Rentals that Deliver

Offers free drop off and delivery
Island Bicycle
507 Ocean Blvd
Offers free drop off and delivery
Offers free drop off and delivery
Bike Dude
2206 Demere Road
Offers free drop off and delivery

Kayak & Paddleboarding

Offers guided tours
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Ocean Motion Surf Co
1300 Ocean Boulevard
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Offers guided tours
Turtle Tides Outfitters kayaks And Paddleboards
Offers Tours & kayak rentals
Tours & fishing kayak rentals
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Southeast Adventure Outfitters
313 Mallery Street
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Tours & fishing kayak rentals

Working Out

These places all have drop-in rates
Offers Day passes with access to classes, gym equipment, pool, basketball court, and racquetball courts.
The Club
2929 Demere Rd
Offers Day passes with access to classes, gym equipment, pool, basketball court, and racquetball courts.
Not a drop-in rate, but at $45 a month, may fit your needs?
Anytime Fitness
16 Boardwalk Plaza
Not a drop-in rate, but at $45 a month, may fit your needs?
Crossfit St. Simons
50 Aviator Plaza
Crossfit Grit
201 Skylane Road
Yoga & Barre drop in classes
Balance Wellness Studio
2481 Demere Road
Yoga & Barre drop in classes
Yoga, Barre, Cycle, Hiit Fusion
OMCORE Yoga & Body
1624 Frederica Rd
Yoga, Barre, Cycle, Hiit Fusion