The Crab Shack, Tybee Island
Readers get positively giddy about this place, with its screened-in dining room and deck overlooking the water. Steamed seafood draws the most applause, but the seafood platter is a close second, and large enough to share with the whole table; 912/786-9857 or thecrabshack.com.
The Oyster Shak, Brunswick
Fresh oysters anchor the extensive, made-from-scratch seafood menu. Readers also recommend grabbing a table outside for the “awesome” steamed shrimp and po’boys; 912/265-2850 or oystershak.com.
Barbara Jean’s, St. Simons Island
What’s now a small, family-run chain began here. The crab cakes get star billing, along with the bread, but save room for the Chocolate Stuff dessert, topped with homemade whipped cream; 912/634-6500 or barbarajeans.com.