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6 Places To Order Mouthwatering Oysters On Tybee Island

Anyone who’s been to Tybee Island knows that the destination is an oyster lover’s paradise. The island’s bounty of marshlands and creeks make it a popular habitat for beloved bivalves. Premier restaurants on the island serve up fresh-caught, locally sourced oysters daily. Whether you like yours dipped in batter and lightly fried, served alongside eclectic ingredients or presented alone as a raw delicacy, you’re sure to find oysters your way on Tybee. Head to these island hot spots to satisfy your seafood cravings.

Photo courtesy of With Wonder and Whimsy

Photo courtesy of With Wonder and Whimsy

A-J’s Dockside

A-J’s Dockside Restaurant is celebrated by patrons for its inviting atmosphere, the picturesque ocean views and, of course, the oysters. At A-J’s you can enjoy oysters for lunch or dinner in a variety of combinations that are sure to satisfy. Top your house salad with a healthy dose of fried oysters. Enjoy them in a toasted hoagie as a Po’ Boy. Or make them the star of your personalized seafood platter. No matter how you choose to have them, you won’t be disappointed with A-J’s oysters.

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Bubba Gumbo’s

Nestled in the heart of Lazaretto Creek, Bubba Gumbo’s quickly became a regional favorite for fresh seafood with a view. Bubba Gumbo’s combines seafood staples with the welcomed flavors of Southern and Cajun cuisines. Oyster aficionados should mark their calendars for the weekly All You Can Eat Oyster Roast. Every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., Bubba Gumbo’s provides patrons with a bottomless bucket of oysters for a mere $22 a person.

Photo courtesy of Casey Jones of Visit Tybee

Photo courtesy of Casey Jones of Visit Tybee

Tybee Island Fish Camp

Between their Oysters Pulaski, Oysters on the Half Shell and Baked Oysters with kale, shrimp and nueske bacon, this chic Tybee Island restaurant has options galore for fans of the be-shelled gem. Chefs prepare the local delicacy with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and skillfully plate them to perfection. For oysters worthy of Instagram fame, this is the place to go.

pacific_oysters-1024x768Sundae Café

This family-owned ice-creamery-turned-casual-dining-hall has been whetting island appetites with succulent seafood bites and gourmet goods for quite some time. Sundae Café is revered for its intimate dining atmosphere and inspired plates. This eatery has mastered the traditional fried oyster, but they also have some innovative combos adventurous oyster fans should try. Go for the Southern Oysters Rockerfeller for a delicate appetizer that boasts major palate-pleasing flavor. And let their oysters put the ‘surf’ in your Surf N’ Turf.

6dd20181f7778927283e2a273db10221The Crab Shack

As the slogan goes, The Crab Shack is the place ‘where the elite eat in their bare feet.’ Regardless of social status, everyone can enjoy a taste of the good life with the shack’s aptly named Oysters Elite. This surprisingly affordable appetizer features a half dozen raw oysters served alongside caviar and a dollop of sour cream. This elevated dish is sure to satisfy every palate no matter how sophisticated or simple. You’ll leave feeling just a tad bit fancier.

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Fannie’s on the Beach

The oyster offerings at Tybee’s Fannie’s on the Beach are many, and seafood lovers will be pleased to discover tasty oyster dishes on essentially every section of Fannie’s menu. The ‘snacketizer’ Oysters Rock-A-Fannie deserves an honorable mention. Six baked oysters are coddled in the shell by a warm, melty bed of spinach and fontina cheese. It’s absolute oyster nirvana.

 ChantelChantel Baul is a Savannah native with a knack for writing and a passion for food, fun and people. She recently received her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University, and when she’s not writing she’s serving in the US Army Reserves as a Human Resources Officer. She loves NPR and is interested in food justice, sustainability, travel and international affairs. 

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