It’s only been a few months since my visit, but I miss Saint Simons Island, Georgia tremendously. The majestic King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort was my home for my all too brief visit, and I left feeling officially spoiled. We began our first full day on the island with an amazing breakfast in The Kings Tavern. The resort’s newly hired Executive Chef Jeff Kaplan wowed us with fried green tomatoes eggs benedict. His impressive resumé includes stints at The Inn at Great Neck in Long Island, The White Elephant Resort in Nantucket and the Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach. It took him no time at all to put his signature on the King & Prince’s kitchen. Every meal he prepared for us was tantalizingly good.
Lunchtime was upon us and we made our way to Halyard’s for a seafood feast prepared by owner/chef Dave Snyder. Three large tables were laden with every type of fresh seafood imaginable: several varieties of fish, crabs, oysters, shrimp and clams. Local commercial fisherman Captain Charlie Phillips joined the conversation and told us about the bounty of fresh seafood in the area. Accompanied by beautiful side dishes of vegetables and salads and icy cold wine, lunch was delightful.