Foodie Seeking Suggestions for Amelia Island
It's my 1st time to visit Amelia Island + I'm wondering what places I should check out over my 5 day adventure. I'm having brunch at The Ritz on Sunday with a friend, but would like to know if I should keep my dinner reservations at 29 South + PLaE. Thanks!
Joe's 2nd Street Bistro gets my vote for lunch or dinner (closed Tuesdays).
The room is handsome and inviting, the food is of very high quality and the service is polite and attentive. The crab cake is a thing of beauty, the shrimp and grits are a Sunday lunch staple. Fish, pastas and meats are expertly prepared. "Go with the special" is sound advice. Leave room for dessert. Wine list is short but of good quality. Say hi to the chef.
I'll be back to the island in four weeks (last there in February), Joe's will be my first dining stop.
As Steve H. said, Joes' 2nd St. Bistro is a great option. Other options are Timoti's (mostly an outdoor seating place with great fired seafood, ice cold beer, and friendly staff), Merge (creative cuisine, location is odd), Tasty's (simple but well prepared burgers, fires, and shakes), David's (have not been there but have heard good reports). Best advice, ask the locals and eat plenty of locally caught fish and shrimp.
You were all so right about Joe's 2nd Street Bistro! Met the owner + his wife + had a great dinner, then lunch the next day, too! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Also went to 29 South + was less impressed than I thought I'd be; food was good, but not as great as the reviews indicated.
Tasty's was perfect for lunch one day; nothing fancy, just plain ol' good burgers + fries.
Timoti's similarly AOK for an easy dinner; great fresh fish tacos + sides.
Didn't get to David's or Merge, because I wanted to keep this trip somewhat casual, but did go to Carlos for lunch one day + really enjoyed dining in the back patio 'neath an umbrella on a hot day.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions .. much appreciated!!