Its slogan, "where the elite eat in their bare feet," sums up The Crab Shack, a rambling, rustic collection of open decks and covered seating in the salt marsh. I recommend the Low Country Boil or Capt'n Crab's Sampler. 912/786-9857 or thecrabshack.com
* Feed the young alligators at the lagoon near the entrance.
North Beach Bar & Grill, Tybee Island
The little place right between the Tybee Lighthouse and the beach is back, turning out such creative Southern- and Caribbean-influenced seafood as escovitch (Jamaican marinated fish). 912/786-4442 or northbeachbarandgrill.net