Echo Restaurant and the Best Thing We Ever Ate

Before we had kids we’d relax each night by watching HGTV or the Food Network and dream about renovating our kitchen or maybe dining out every night.  And then kids happened and we realized that we’d rather build with blocks and eat grilled cheese sandwiches.  But then we travel and are immediately reminded that there is so much amazing food in the world to experience and that our kids will love it too.  We’re not shy about bringing kids to a nice dinner, so boom:  Echo Restaurant and Best Thing We Ever Ate, Taylor Family edition.Chris Taylor and LittleMan outdoor dining at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1

 

LittleMan with Peach French Toast at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 2We had an amazing stay at the King and Prince Resort on St Simons Island, Georgia and were blessed with a high class place to dine too, Echo Restaurant.  Typically we opt to venture out, away from the hotel and find little places where we can be loud and try new things.  Since the King and Prince was hosting us, we dined on property and gosh were we glad we did.  The service was excellent at each meal, with the staff being really flexible with our tired kids.  And we could eat outside in the sun or shade, or inside.  Always good to have choices.

 

Prior to getting into the actual food, we want to shout from the rooftops how much we felt welcome as a family at Echo.  Like we said, stellar service, but family-wise the restaurant has created their kids menus in the most thoughtful way:  1.)  they’re fun to color with scenes from the resort’s children’s book, The Princess and the Crab;  2.) Kids Menu at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1 there is a respectful selection for the kids that eat more than grilled cheese sandwiches;  3.) kids items are NOT price gouged as is too often the case in restaurants ($3 breakfast, $5 dinner).

 

Fun story:  our first night there, our oldest was really tired and beyond cranky.  He ordered the kids menu’s Mac ‘n Cheese… and when it arrived the noodles were spiral…not elbow.  End of the world for some reason.  Our server offered to have elbow noodles made instead, which we declined… cuz kids have to learn that life is not 100% catered to them… even in a very nice hotel or restaurant.  The offer was sweet and was a great service example, but yeah no, sometimes kids need to just deal.

 

Cripy Egg at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GABreakfast – they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Is it?  Maybe, but probably because that’s the meal that you can eat dessert or leftover cold pizza and it’s all good.  At Echo Restaurant, it’s the most important meal because it’s where you can get the Crispy Egg.  The what?!  Yeah, picture a poached or slow fried egg that’s been crusted with panko or crumbs and then perfectly fried to give you a crunchy outside and a warm, soft inside.  That’s the crispy egg.

Poached Salmon with Crispy Egg and Grits at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GAEggs Coastal – place that crispy egg on top of a beautiful piece of salmon that’s sitting on a cake made of grits and then dill sauce below… it’s breakfast gold.  Had it for two different breakfasts.  That good.

Eggs Lowcountry – another breakfast medal winner at Echo Restaurant. It consisted of shrimp and Andouille sausage mixed into roasted potatoes with a fried egg.  While the sausage itself wasn’t the most spectacular variety of Andouille ever, the shrimp and potatoes were a winning combo.  And it was very Southern.

Peach French Toast – from the kids menu, but BOOM.  It was such a hit, and we’d be lying if we said that it was only our son that enjoyed it…because there was plenty to go around and it was adult palate quality. (see above for pic)

Eggs Lowcountry at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GA

 

Mussels at Echo Restarant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1Lunch – undoubtedly the best meal we ate on our whole trip through the South.  From amazing seafood to cheesy creaminess, it was just too good.  In our post about the King and Prince Resort, we said that one of these items haunts us it was so good.  Here it goes:

Mussels – not amazing but not bad (the good stuff is next).  Not a ton to say, as the broth was quite standard and the shellfish quality was good.  There was no wow-factor…and being from Seattle, we have a lot of shellfish experience.  Again to be clear:  totally good and worth eating, but not the best thing ever, because that was the…

Seared Tuna at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1CAST IRON SEARED TUNA – this dish needs to be on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate.  It is truly the most perfect restaurant dish ever created, from flavors to textures, quality of ingredients to presentation.  I’ve never had a dream about food, but this has somehow crept into my sleep and I’ve had two dreams where I was eating it since.  Amazing tuna, crisp apples, fresh greens, hoisen sauce: so completely amazing.  #TrueStory.

Fun story:  when we tweeted our review of the King and Prince, upon reading it they sent us the recipe for the Seared Tuna.  We haven’t tried to make it yet because we’re really scared that we’ll fail miserably.  We will be attempting it though, and when we do, we’ll share the story and pictures of our own creation.  All of the fingers everywhere are crossed hoping we do justice to the dish.Seared Tuna at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 2

Crunchy Seafood Mac N Cheese with Fried Grouper at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GACrunchy Seafood Mac ‘n Cheese – most people were hooked at the phrase “mac ‘n cheese”… So add to that crab, scallops, salmon and more.  On top, maybe throw some fried grouper (local) and wow.  We’re not saying that this dish is healthy as far as fat content and salt goes, but again, the quality of the components was very clear and the flavors were incredible.  Oh yeah, and there were a few veggies in the mix, but not so many that it took away from the cheesy seafood-ness of it all.

Shrimp Pasta with Lobster Cream Sauce – again with the creamy seafood and noodles.  While not as stunning as the Seared Tuna or Cruchy Mac, the amount of shrimp in this dish was…generous.  And the lobster cream sauce could’ve actually been served in a cup with a straw, or maybe a wonton spoon so you could scoop shrimp…then you wouldn’t need the noodles!

Citrus and Pomegranate Salad – crispy, refreshing, again with the unquestionable quality.  Beautifully assembled and delicious.  And healthy.  Okay, there was a really tasty healthy food we got too. (not pictured)Shrip Pasta with Lobster Cream Sauce at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 2

 

Dinner – ending your day with a meal that makes you ready for bed is always a good idea.  It’s funny, but eating so grandly feels weird, as we eat very practically (but deliciously) at home.  We do like to take advantage of these times to try some new things though.  Something new for everyone this night!

Fried Scallops on Risotto at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1Fried Scallops – scallops are tricky to cook.  Too often they’re served undercooked or overdone and chewy.  Confession #1:  In all honesty, we ordered the fried scallops as a challenge to see how good the kitchen at Echo Restaurant actually was.  They passed the test with flying colors…and a shiny medal.  The scallops were cooked perfectly, complimented with the right portion of saffron risotto and a really flavorful lemon aioli.  The only thing we wanted done differently was that there was a little more of the lemon aioli for the rest of our meal…because it was really tasty.

Bison Ribeye with fingerling potatoes and asparagus at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GABison Ribeye – you know? It was good.  We don’t eat a ton of bison (more than most though, I’m sure) but know that this was very good.  It was cooked to a good medium, much less pink that one might order a beef ribeye, and was served with fingerling potatoes and asparagus.  It was more of a Midwestern meal than a Southeast Coast meal.  Wonderful, but didn’t really fit in with the rest of Echo Restaurant.

Catch of the Day, Blue Bassconfession #2:  this was ordered because it came with more risotto.  Is that bad?  No, it was really good.  To compliment the risotto (mwah ha ha) was a lovely piece of fish that was ideally crispy on the outside and tenderly yet thoroughly cooked on the inside.  Score.

Catch of the Day on Saffron Risotto at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1

 

Beverages – of course there was a lot of iced tea to drink, but there were some pretty lovely cocktails too.  Ooh, where to begin…?Princess Rita Beverage at Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1

Mexico Mule – tequila, lime juice and ginger beer.  This was good… and weird.  To the last sip I wasn’t sure if I loved it or thought it was too strange.  I think it was tough to not think of it as a margarita, so with each drink the strong ginger beer flavor would hit and be like “hey, I’m why this drink is called a mule.  Not from Moscow, but hey, sup?”

Princess Rita – the perfect margarita.  The recipe is spot on for mixing Cointreau, Grand Marnier, citrus juices and clearly good tequila.  I’d not judge anyone having a second.  Or third on a warm summer night.

St Simons Ruby – save the best for last.  This was the best cocktail we had across the state of Georgia.  Tequila, agave and ruby red grapefruit juice.  If ever there were a cocktail that was appropriate at any meal, it is this one.  Initially grapefruit juice sounded weird to mix with tequila, but you know, the two are the perfect balance.  It was really delicious.

St Simons Ruby Tequila Cocktail Echo Restaurant King and Prince Resort St Simons GA 1

 

 

Cookies and Cream Echo Restaurant King and Prince St Simons GADesserts – you know when you’ve eaten a really good meal and you feel like you’re already on a high note and should just stop?  Yeah, that’s how we felt.  We did try several desserts as Echo Restaurant was being such a great host, but of the three we tried, none were so blow-me-out-of-the-water good that they made us feel good about having dessert.  I think that’s the key to a good dessert:  be so tasty that there’s no question that it should’ve been eaten.  To be clear, what we had was good, but not jaw dropping.

Cookies and Cream – a warm chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream.  If the cookie was gooier, sold!Lemon Merengue Tart Echo Restaurant King and Prince St Simons GA

Lemon Meringue Tart – the lemon filling was wonderful, but the crust could’ve been a better shortbread.  Again, good but not the best thing I ever ate, but it was tasty.  The best part was the toasted meringue.

The Shipwreck – this dessert was clearly tailored to a four year old…and it was a hit!  It was just straight up a crazy ice cream sundae for our son to dig into before bed.  Um, good idea on our part.  #ParentingWin

LittleMan eating Shipwreck Sundae Echo Restaurant King and Prince St Simons GA

 

We thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals at Echo Restaurant.  Dining on property made our stay at the King and Prince Resort even better than and was the perfect complement to the accommodations and beach time.  Even if we aren’t staying at the hotel, next time we’re on the Georgia coast (which is often), we will for sure be going back simply to dine at Echo.  And we’re eating nothing but seared tuna.  And scallops.TinyMan Tired after dinner at Echo Restaurant at King and Prince Resort St Simons GA

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15 Comments

  • Kaylene

    Awesome photos! Looks so good, makes me hungry haha.

    December 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  • Tiana

    I need those Eggs Coastal STAT!!! That all looks heavenly!

    December 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm
  • Small Town Washington

    Wow. There are so many things I’d like to try-crispy egg, peach french toast, Mexico mule. St. Simons ruby-it sounds like they’ve nailed their menu.

    December 17, 2015 at 8:35 pm
  • Faye

    This looks YUMMMY!!! That Princess Rita is making my mouth water! And the picture of your son looking at the dessert is priceless.

    December 18, 2015 at 6:36 am
  • Michele Peterson ( A Taste for Travel)

    I often travel with my 10 year old grandson and so appreciate when a resort offers a great kid’s dining program. I love the idea that there’s even a resort’s children’s book, The Princess and the Crab!

    December 18, 2015 at 6:42 am
    • 2TD-Rob
      Rob Taylor

      The King and Prince really was great and I shared with them directly how much, even outside of being a travel writer, we could tell that they WANT families to be there. Really, a well managed property with excellent values.

      December 18, 2015 at 7:00 am
  • Tyjuana

    Peach french toast sounds delish and shouldn’t be confined to the kiddie menu. I mean, what if your only child is grown already? 🙂

    December 18, 2015 at 8:09 am
    • 2TD-Rob
      Rob Taylor

      OMG. Such a good point that we didn’t even consider! Without changing anything about the serving, its portion size is already perfect for adults!

      December 18, 2015 at 8:38 am
  • Ashley Owens

    Wow everything looks great – Ill take the ahi and the eggs coastal please!

    December 18, 2015 at 8:48 am
  • Natalie

    Can I tell you how much I LOVE the King and Prince!? I went there on a press trip earlier this year and the hospitality that I was shown was amazing. I have a severe shellfish allergy, so the chef went out of his way to modify the dishes for me. Since I can’t try the shellfish version, I can’t speak to how good those were, but they couldn’t have been any better than my blackened chicken and grits or my eggs Benedict (minus the crab cakes everyone else had). The staff at Echo (and at K+P in general) is phenomenal, and I can’t wait to go back again. I’m SO glad you had a great time since this is one of the places that is near and dear to my heart! 😀

    December 18, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Carmen | Carmen's Luxury Travel

    The food look amazing. Having kids myself, I think its great when restaurants have kids menus. Looking at the dessert I would of had the same expression your son had when they brought it out. That’s enough ice cream for several people.

    December 18, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Vedante | The Lavish Nomad

    I want to have what your son is having! All the pictures made me hungry instantly! Thanks for the thorough and nicely written post.

    December 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • MariaAbroad

    Wow, that looks delicious 🙂 The scallops and saffron risotto look mouth watering. Looks like you two and your two adorable kiddos had a fantastic time in foodie heaven!

    December 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Cathy

    Beautiful photos, Frank would love that tuna! I’m more of a dessert person:)

    March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm
    • Rob Taylor

      Ohhhh, the tuna was the best thing ever!

      March 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

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