Some Favorite Spots

In the Village

Palm Coast Coffee

Enjoy a latte and muffin on the front porch, or some hummus and a sandwich in the courtyard. Live music and good beer selection.  (If you are out in your car and looking for a coffee shop, Wake Up  is also a good bet in RedFern Village.)


Charming spot in the heart of the Village. Always a  wait for breakfast during season, but worth it for the green eggs and ham...

Mallery Street Cafe

Some of the best, freshest food in the Village in a small unassuming storefront.  From breakfast to seafood, something for everyone.

Georgia Sea Grill

Classy white tablecloth dining with a fresh and creative menu. 

CJs Italian Restaurant

Hands down our favorite pizza on the island (though many also rave about Sal's).  Try the Detroit style deep dish. The funky seating area is small, but you can call and order for pick up.


Nashville hot chicken and good fried shrimp in a fast, casual setting - order at the counter and have a seat on the porch or at a picnic table outside.

Barbara Jean's

Famous for the crab cakes, but they also make a mean pot roast. Enjoy the bread basket and homemade sides.  

Iguana's Seafood

A casual spot for shrimp that the kids will enjoy (with complimentary soft serve ice-cream) and open late. 

The Half Shell

When you want oysters, or a more daring preparation for your other seafood...

Del Sur Artisan Eats

A nice sidewalk seating area and great salads make this Argentinian restaurant a good bet for lunch and people watching, or a romantic dinner.

Nora's at the Pier is a new addition by the pier with an ocean view from the second floor.

Around the Island

Southern Soul Barbeque

The spot for bbq in a renovated gas station. Usually a line thanks to the rave reviews from Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives, Southern Living, etc. but worth it, or call for takeout.

Coastal Kitchen

One of the only places on the island where you can enjoy excellent fresh seafood with a view of the water (the marina).

Crabdaddy's Seafood Grill

An easy walk from Moonrise Cottage for a nice seafood or steak dinner. Expect a wait in season so stop by, give your name, and then browse in the stained glass shop, A Pane in the Glass, next door while you wait.


Tasty Italian by the Island movie theater.  You can get half orders of pasta. Nice outdoor dining area, connected to sister spot Halyards, also a good choice.

Bennie's Red Barn

Family run with a menu that has barely changed since its opening in 1954, this one makes the list for the steaks cooked over an open flame. And save room for pie. 

Chile Peppers

Authentic Mexican food served by a friendly staff across from Winn Dixie.

Gnat's Landing

Casual sports bar with a big covered porch -  try the "gnat's taters"

Beachcomber BBQ

Their motto is "no shirts, no shoes, no problem"...this is the place to go when you are at the beach and need to eat without changing out of your swimsuit.

Larry's Giant Subs

Looking for a quick lunch while you are out and about? Try the meatball sub.

Sandy Bottom Bagels

Over by the Winn Dixie y'all can find legit, toothsome NY bagels.

Demere Grill

A sports bar with an amazing giant pretzel - yes, it really is worth going for the pretzel.

Barrier Island Brewing

Enjoy the hip decor and nice selection of beer, cocktails, and tasty food, and an easy stumble home.

And Beyond

Jekyll Island - Zachry's Riverhouse

Tucked away by the harbor, fresh  seafood, relaxed atmosphere, and a great view of the sunset.

Jekyll Island - Tortuga Jacks

Oceanfront Mexican, baja style. Tiki bar. What else do you need to know?

Brunswick - Indigo Coastal Shanty has a laid back vibe and an eclectic  menu with an island flair. The Bahamian Chicken Curry and Raj Burger are favorites.

Brunswick - Reid's Apothecary brings a prohibition-era atmosphere, craft cocktails, and interesting eats to downtown Brunswick. Check the website for instructions for getting into the Study, their hidden speakeasy.

Brunswick - Tipsy McSways does a good job with the expected  bar food, plus a few twists (fried goat cheese - yum) plus live music most nights.


The closest grocery store to Moonrise Cottage is the Winn-Dixie, 2 miles away on Demere by the round-about. There is also a Harris Teeter near the intersection of Frederica Road and Sea Island Road  (the only one in the state of Georgia!), and a Publix in Brunswick. Brunswick also has a Walmart Supercenter, Target Superstore, and a Sam's Club all off of the Golden Isle Parkway.


Saint Simons Seafood Market offers fresh catches like triple tail and  grouper to cook at home, and you can buy the local  shrimp cleaned or even already steamed and ready to eat. Note they take cash or check only, and go early for the best selection.


The farmer's market is located on Demere Road by the airport, next to the fire station. Times and offerings are seasonal.   Uncle Don's Local Market just on the other side of the roundabout has seasonal produce as well.