Georgia Boy and I took a sort-of 'second honeymoon' this paste weekend, visiting St. Simons Island, GA, where we went on our honeymoon 13 years ago. We arrived on the island around 1:00 on Saturday afternoon, without first having stopped for lunch. We had decided we would pick up some lunch closer to the village, in a section of the island filled with shops. We weren't sure what we wanted to eat, and decided to stop in at Palmer's Village Cafe.
When we first walked in, it looked like a small cafe. It wasn't until after we were seated that we noticed a seating area in the back, down a hallway. At first, there were still about five additional tables available in the front dining area, not including the table we were seated at. Within a few minutes of our arrival, we discovered that Palmer's Village Cafe was THE place to eat... The restaurant was packed with locals and tourists alike! It didn't take long for the back seating area to come into use.
Georgia Boy and I ordered their roasted chicken salad sandwiches. He ordered his with roasted potato salad, while I ordered mine with chips. I'm not usually a fan of potato salad, but when he the orders arrived I must admit that Georgia Boy's potato salad looked like the best potato salad I had ever seen (and he said it was the best he had ever tasted). The sandwiches were served in style, too, not just thrown on a plate like we so often see at restaurants near us.
The staff was very friendly, offering their recommendations, sharing the daily specials (which sounded like something you would find at a high-dollar restaurant in Atlanta and not at a cafe on St Simons), and even making a little small talk. When Palmer checked us out, he talked with us for a few minutes and then invited us to come back for Sunday morning's breakfast, which is exactly what we did!
We stopped in for breakfast shortly after 9:00 Sunday morning. Again, we arrived at what must've been a slow time. There were a few tables available in the front, and we were seated at one close to the register, where Palmer told us he was glad to see we'd enjoyed our food the day before and had chosen to come back. We'd enjoyed the meal so much the day before that we couldn't help but want to eat there again.
I wish I'd thought to take a picture of our breakfast before we dug into it. We both ordered the Pita Sunrise - a delicious ham, tomato, and cheese omelet served on a bed of potatoes, with four pita wedges on top. The pita wedges were covered in a delicious sauce that Palmer told us they called "goop", a mixture that was made with fresh herbs they grow themselves. Once again, the food was delicious and the staff proved to be just as friendly.
For both of our visits, our meals were just under $20. The prices were very reasonable, especially given the "gourmet" appeal of the food. It was money well spent at a restaurant we truly enjoyed!
We woke up this morning, back in our own home, wishing that could have breakfast at Palmer's Village Cafe!