A couple of weeks ago, while you were reading about pools and outdoor showers here, my husband and I were spending some time on St. Simons Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. He had a conference to attend, and I tagged along. I also accompanied him last year and told you about the houses, the villas, Coast Cottages, and sightseeing there. What I didn’t get an opportunity to tell you about last year was… the food. (I figured 4 posts on a topic was enough for you. ) So dining on St. Simons is to be our main topic of conversation here this year. I hope you’re hungry!
On the day we arrived, our first stop was lunch at Gnat’s Landing. The restaurant looks like an old home with a big porch and deck area – perfect for an eating place with a strong beach vibe.
We were seated on the porch with all those ceiling fans spinning to blow away some of the Georgia heat. Even if it is warm out there, I love the fun atmosphere!
My husband and I were both in the mood for salads. Their salad menu is absolute perfection! I could eat a salad there for lunch every single day and not grow tired of them.
I had the autumn salad, and my husband had the shrimp salad.
Here is a photo of his (minus a few bites before I remembered to pull out the camera!)
He said it was delicious, and mine was as well. But salads aren’t all they serve at Gnats Landing.
There are also sandwiches….
and many seafood dishes.
We left Gnats and headed to the conference hotel to check in. It was in the same complex as last year…not on the oceanbut at least our room faced the marsh.
My husband went to his first meeting while I unpacked our suitcases, ironed anything that was wrinkled, answered emails, and made reservations for dinner. When he returned to the room, we drove over to the Red Fern Village to eat at Blackwater Grill.
Blackwater was featured on the Food Network a number of years ago in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.
They are a little more upscale to me than some of the other places on the island. To begin your meal they bring out flatbread sesame crackers and some of their cream cheese spread….addictive!
I had a vegetable plate, and my husband had their famous shrimp and grits. The grits are cooked as a fried cake.
After our meal we strolled along the shops there in the village. Cachettes was one I had not seen before. (Love those green shutters!)
Then we hopped in the car and took a drive along the road to the beach….just so I could get my fill of gorgeous houses. Care to see them? (A couple are repeats from last year..sorry.)
A rerun from last year because it is one of my favorites.
Here is the other rerun because it is my other favorite. Notice the common color scheme?
Aren’t they all just simply beautiful? Sigh.. After house viewing, we called it a night and went back to the hotel (no more food that evening.)
The next day we went to my favorite restaurant on the island for lunch- Mallery Street Cafe. They are famous for their breakfast dishes, but I wasn’t after those. On our drive to St. Simons from home I had called them to find out which day they would be serving their Chicken Romano…I did not want to miss it! (It is a special served only once a week.) We went specifically for that dish.
And it was very good. I do think they skimped a little on that lick-your-plate-delicious basil and cheese sauce, but then again, perhaps they had gone overboard with it the last time we were there. (It was swimming in it last year!) Wish I could find a recipe to make it at home.
For dinner that night we went to my husband’s favorite place – Iguanas in the Pier Village.
Go early. That’s my advice to you. Last year we went around 6:00 and had to wait for over an hour. This year we were there at 5:00 and were immediately seated (at the table second from the left on the patio above.) While I could eat a salad every day from Gnats Landing, my husband could eat fried shrimp from Iguanas every single day. He says it is the very best on the island…and he has been trying it out everywhere on St. Simons for quite a few years! Here is his plate from that evening.
Darn that looked good! Shellfish allergy girl here had a hamburger.
You can see their complete menu here. After you finish your meal, you can help yourself to a serving of soft serve ice cream from their machine in the inside dining room. (They even throw in free toppings!)
To burn off some of those calories that we were quickly accumulating, we walked over to the pier.
We walked around there and took a look at the lighthouse.
Then it was back to the hotel…with a stroll by the pool.
And a little later….
Oh yes…coffee and Italian Cream Cake from Wake Up Coffee.
I do believe we have had enough to eat today, so I will save our next meal for another post. But before I go, let me tell you who won the Susan Branch books and Amazon gift card giveaway. You would like to know, right? Glory we had a looooooot of comments! Here was the winning number…
And that number landed on this comment:
Congratulations Vicky!! If you see this before I contact you, please send me an email with your mailing address.
And just so all of you know, there will be another giveaway coming in August! So please be sure you check back to find out about it here. Okay?
And that wraps up the first part of our St. Simons trip. I hope you will be here for part 2…more food and some gorgeous houses that we found on a side street. You have to see them!
Until next time…