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Jun 27, 2004 03:59 PM

good seafood in Brunswick, GA?

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We are really interested in any good seafood restaurants in the Brunswick GA area. We will be staying at the Embassy Suites.

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  1. take a short trip north to darien and eat at "archie's" - absolutly fantastic seafood - nothing fancy, just a good local place that has been open for decades and worthy of a drive.

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    1. re: osprey

      Chelseas is a very nice restaurant on St. Simons Island, they have a very nice seafood selection, but its not cheap. Expect to pay 50-100. There is often a long waiting line to get in. The chowder is superb, and the pecan crusted trout is too. Its all good though. Don't bother with the pasta dishes, they are very mediocre.

      1. re: Michelle

        I'd head to St. Simon's too, as I'm not too familiar with Brunswick. I'm more of a crab daddy's fan for simply prepared (ie blackened or grilled) fish and decent sides for reasonable prices.

        Also like Crab Trap for their she-crab soup and rock shrimp apps.

      2. re: osprey

        Went by Archie's in February of 2007. The building appears to be vacant.

      3. Try the buckaneer in cresent. Nice drive on the back roads through darien.

        1. Mudcat Charlies inbetween Brunswick & Darien is probably the best & closest. B & J's in Darien has no atmospere but if all you want is cheap fresh shrimp or fri & sat they have a seafood buffet. The sign out front says pizza, but locals know to go there for shrimp. It is on 17 in Darien.

          1. If you want a nice restaurant with *some* seafood options go to Cargo. It's one of the best restaurants in the area. Unfortunately the area is not a great seafood mecca. As you'll see recommended above, trout and rock shrimp are not local, and I'd stay away from anything with some red painted-animated faced crabs, life rings, and thick rope. You know the kind of place I'm talking about. You can find some good local shrimp (in season) in the area, but you're not going to get any high quality fish at any "regular" seafood restaurant. Looking for serious fine dining? Try The Cloister on Sea Island. As with many beach towns in the southeast, unless there is a large population (San Fran, Seattle, NY) the seafood very unfortunately finds itself going elsewhere. If you're like me, you're NOT looking for the horribly stereotypical fried seafood plate (SeaPak is based in the area so watch out). I'll have to wish you good luck on this one and if I were you, I'd head to Cargo.


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            1. re: HaagenDazs

              For some reason I thought you had to be a member at the Cloister to eat there. The last time I was there, you could not even get on Sea Island without a pass.

              1. re: Dax

                I think you can make reservations and get in there. They may have to call a pass in for you to get on the island. The hotel is open to the public, isn't it? If not, they may have a nice restaurant at their rather new hotel called "The Lodge" that's actually on St. Simons. Georgia Sea Grill that's tucked away in the Village area is another option. Have also heard that Halyard's and J.Mack's, and Chelsea are pretty good options, but all are on the pricey side. If you're looking for something a little cheaper and more casual, try the Frederica House closer to the north end of the island. The fried seafood is excellent if you like it fried, and they have great steaks grilled on an open flame. And for lunch you can't beat the value of 4th of May Cafe.

                1. re: HaagenDazs

                  I think J Mac's is over-rated, but loved Halyard's (although it is pricey). Blackwater is just ok.

                  I heard from SSI locals that you cannot get on Sea Island at all without a pass and that the guard gate is manned basically 24-7 to limit access.

            2. Oh, and Archie's in Darien is definitely closed.

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              1. re: HaagenDazs

                Christie's is by far the best out of the resraurants you have mentioned here. I am a local and this place is groundbreaking for this area. Finally an upscale restaurant in Brunswick. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a true dinning *Experience*. The food was out of this world! And the service was impecable! I felt as though I had made friends with everyone who worked there by the time I left. This husband and wife team have it going on!

                1. re: Andrew1

                  Had a great meal at Christies Fri night. Wife had seared flounder in a saffron broth with shellfidh that is one of the best seafood entres I have had locally. Frog leg ap was excellent also, as was rack of lamb. Have yet to have a weak meal there. Much better than Cargo was last month.