Gnat’s Landing: A St. Simons Island Eatery
Gnat’s Landing restaurant is nestled in the midst of Red Fern Village in St. Simons Island, Georgia. It is surrounded by local shops and photogenic mossy live-oak trees. At Gnat’s Landing, you will find delectable fare in a laid-back and fun atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining plus festive island decor. While Gnat’s Landing appears super casual, their food is elevated to a higher level.
On my visit to Gnat’s Landing, I accompanied 14 other travel writers for lunch. We sat at a large picnic table on the patio, enjoying the breeze and beautiful views. The best part of dining with such a big party is that we get to sample from each other’s plates and have a thorough knowledge of the foods. This, I did not mind one bit.
Incredible Tasting Appetizers
Gnat’s Landing offers a wide array of appetizers with favorites such as Crab Balls, Fried Dill Pickles, or Jumbo Wings, double-fried or grilled. I could make an entire meal out of these yummy appetizers alone. The Fried Pickles must be amazing because almost every table around us ordered them.
Vidalia Onion Pie is the appetizer that I fell in love with. This ooey-gooey cheesy, oniony concoction is served with tortilla chips and eaten like a dip. Each bite had me “Mmmmm’ing” out loud. The rich combination was like a little slice of heaven on a plate.
Southern Lunch and Dinner Choices
Gnat’s Landing’s food appeals to all palates. The menu boasts hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and loads of fresh seafood items.
The Fried Green Tomato Club is pleasantly seasoned and perfectly fried and the Tuna Melt had just the right amount of mayo, celery, and onion. It was so perfect with a slice of fresh tomato and melted Swiss cheese. Another scrumptious offering was the Tarragon Chicken Salad, a perfect recipe combination. Its tangy dressing and delicate herbs perked the chicken up to a new level.
Seafood lovers may prefer the Shrimp Platter or Catch of the Day, while those counting calories might opt for the Spinach Salad or Mad’s Shrimp Salad. All of the salad dressings at Gnat’s Landing are homemade, which gets a thumbs up in my book.
The Wild Georgia Shrimp Autumn Salad (caramelized pecans, fresh pears, and bleu cheese crumbles) got a big round of approval from our entire party. The gal who ordered it hardly had any leftover to enjoy after sharing bites with all of us. The salad’s blend of flavors, the sweetness of the pears and tangy blue cheese, paired well together.
Gnat’s Landing’s Slaw Bowl is their specialty dish featuring a combo of crunchy coleslaw with Ramen noodles and almonds. Opt to top your Slaw with chicken, scallops, or shrimp for an additional charge.
Gnat’s Landing: A Local’s Favorite
Gnat’s Landing offers plenty of cold beer and a full bar to whet your whistle. Big screen TV’s provide entertainment for the patio diners. Delicious food, spectacular service, and an inviting restaurant make this one of St. Simons Island’s favorite dining spots.
If I lived at St. Simons Island, Gnat’s Landing would be my go-to restaurant.
For a list of events taking place at Gnat’s Landing, visit their Facebook page. Gnat’s Landing is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. They have a kids menu for the little ones.
A Word from Jamie Lowe, Associate Editor, Where Traveler
“Gnat’s Landing is about as down-home, coastal casual as it gets. While the setting was ideal, the food was thoughtfully prepared and presented, a much higher level of detail than you’d expect from a casual eatery. The fried pickles could make a believer out of the most astringent of vinegar-avoiders, consistently melding crisp, fried batter on tangy pickle slices sided up with creamy ranch dip. That’s just the appetizers. Gnat’s Landing is a Win-Win for Everybody. “
310 Red Fern Village
Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
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Special thanks to Gnat’s Landing for hosting our lunch. As with all of my reviews, opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.
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