With the success of Savannah's two annual restaurant weeks, it's no surprise Tybee Island is joining in on the fun by offering its first Restaurant Week from Jan. 17-26.
Eleven restaurants will be serving up a three-course prix fixe dinner for $25 per person, with CoCo's Sunset Grille also offering a special lunch menu for only $15.
And be sure to ask if there's a wine pairing option, like at North Beach Bar and Grill.
Special Events Manager Casey Sloane shares why the Tybee Island Tourism Council decided it was time for Tybee to join the restaurant week ranks.
"Unlike many beach destinations, Tybee restaurants are almost all owned and operated by small business owners," she said. "As a result, each restaurant reflects the island's style in their menus and atmospheres."
Coined as "Savannah's Beach," Tybee has lured the likes of John Mellencamp, Sandra Bullock and author Mary Kay Andrews to its shores.
"Once you cross that bridge, you can leave everything behind," Sloane says. "Whether you are spending the week or just dipping your toes in the ocean and heading home, Tybee offers you an opportunity to let it go."
While plenty of the dishes are drool worthy, such as appetizers like Tybee Island Social Club's Manchego skillet or North Beach's asparagus and crab salad, and entrees such as CoCo's Sunset Grille's Thai tuna or A-J's crispy scored flounder, Sloane says she's most looking forward to trying the desserts.
"We so rarely order dessert when we are out. It is often left for special-occasion dining. During restaurant week, every meal comes with dessert," she says.
"I am already excited about some of the options. With fried strawberries, key lime pie and red velvet crÃ¨me brule on the menus, I know that we'll be eating out more than once that week."
And since you'll be on Tybee, it's the perfect excuse to "work up an appetite by strolling the shops, or if (you) are seeking a little more adventure, renting a kayak or chartering a boat to Little Tybee is a great way to spend the afternoon.
"After dinner, many of the restaurants have live music and a lot of local color," Sloane says.
As for a signature dish not to miss, Sloane advises to go for the seafood.
"Tybee has more of a signature food: shrimp.
"Every morning, the shrimp boats are trolling the waters all around the island providing our restaurants with some of the freshest Georgia shrimp around," she says.
"Each restaurant has a spin on the ocean treat. Fannie's has their awesome shrimp burger; you'll find the some of the best pickled shrimp in Coco's Bloody Marys; Rock House has their wontons; and Social Club has the tacos ..."
Tracy McMahon of CoCo's Sunset Grille shares how they'll be showcasing Tybee shrimp.
"Almost every item on our Restaurant Week menu is either a new item or one of our more popular specials, but if I have to choose, I would say the shrimp cakes are the one must-try," McMahon says. "They will be available as an appetizer, sandwich and entree, so plenty of opportunity to try them. The shrimp come right from our docks, so we love coming up with new ways to showcase our star menu item!"
Susan Lanier of Tybee Island Social Club also offers their must-try dish: Their famous blue crab stew.
"Our famous blue crab stew. We also offer it by the quart to take home and freeze for a rainy day when the hankering hits ... seriously, it's that good!" she says.
And if prix fixe dinners are your thing, Social Club is hosting "Wine Combine" dinners year-round on the first Tuesday of every month.
"It's become a 'cult supper club' on Tybee and sells out every time," Lanier says.
And Kathryn Williams, owner of North Beach Bar and Grill, adds her recommendation from their selections.
"It's got to be Chef George's famous crab cakes - they've been a favorite for decades!"