Wine Dine and Play: Jekyll Island Seafood Company

Jekyll Island Seafood Company

A Taste Of The Georgia Coast
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood, Southern, Cajun 
Dined in May 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)

Jekyll Island in Georgia is just off of I-95 just below St Simons Island and nearer to the Florida State line, 90 miles south of Savannah. It is part of what is known as the Golden Isles and a summer retreat for the Crane family, the Pulitzers, Morgans, Vanderbilt's, Rockefeller's, and Goodyear clan. The surrounding water has a large population of bass, shrimp, redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, jack crevalle, tarpon, Sharks, Tripletail, and much more. The Jekyll Island Seafood Company restaurant owned by Global concessions focuses on fish from this coastline plus other Southern and creole favorites. The restaurant is located in concourse F of the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, and a second was due to open on Jekyll Island, but never did come to pass.

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Restaurant Owners:
Global Concessions, Inc.

Main review:

Going through Concourse F of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport you have several choices in food from quick grab and go places like The Varsity, to nicer sit down locations with great wine selections of Ecco Restaurant. to get that taste of the Georgia coast then the seaside-inspired menu c with regional favorites like shrimp and grits, fresh oysters and seafood gumbo is right up your alley. The menu also offers foods for the ‘land lover’ as well, paired seamlessly with a selection of boutique and classic wines, local beers and signature cocktails to compliment the meal. Global Concessions started in 1990 and now runs twelve Atlanta airport restaurants and bars.

    • Starters
    • Salads
    • Soups
    • Sandwiches
    • Entrees
    • Desserts

I had about an hour to kill before boarding my flight, and had walked by the Jekyll Island seafood a few times in the past when traveling through Atlanta, and noticing some interesting menu selections. I started my meal with some wine and a small cup of gumbo soup with white rice. Mildly spiced with a hint of cajun flavors, but it could have used more. It had one small piece of andouille sausage and not much seafood, mainly tomato and vegetables.

Next was a fried calamari dish served with French fries, a classic Italian dish that I was in the mood for, even though I knew that it did not come from Jekyll Island, but more likely from the Sysco food truck delivery instead. It had good flavor, with a basic presentation in a plastic bowl with parchment paper to hold the grease. 

Though I did not order it, the table next to me had the shrimp and grits which looked just divine. I’ll have to try that the next time I’m there. Other items of interest from the menu that looked appetizing wee the crap cakes with apple corn relish and remoulade sauce, a shrimp burger, coastal tacos with shrimp from Jekyll Island, coleslaw and pineapple relish.

Key lime and chocolate lava cake summed up the desserts, and being from Florida and this being a small airport kitchen, ten to one odds are that both of these desserts are pre-prepared and frozen, delivered on that same food truck along with the fresh water tilapia from the menu.

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Alinea Highly creative new American molecular gastronomy tasting menus in Chicago, Illinois
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Zink Bistro and Bar Southwestern-inspired new American fare in San Antonio, Texas
Z Grille Colorfully inspired twists on American Classics in St. Petersburg, Florida
Harvest Moon Café Farm-to-Fork Daily changing new American fare menu in Sonoma, California
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Hank’s Seafood A classy southern seafood eatery house in Charleston, South Carolina
Moshulu New American dining on a restored ship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sea Salt Fine-dining & innovative seafood with raw bar in St. Petersburg, Florida

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Final notes and observations:
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Over all from this experience, and using my rating system linked above, I give Jekyll Island Seafood Company a 1 out of 5 stars, meaning that they an average dining experience like most restaurants. The six factors used to get this rating are scored in the chart below

Review basics:

5 stars
 An Extraordinary Experience
Worthy of a Michelin rating
   94 - 100%                     (105% with full bonuses added)
4 Stars
An Outstanding Experience 
(Top of its class)
87 - 93%
3 Stars
Exceeded All My Expectations
80 - 86%
2 Stars
Far Above the Average Experience
72 - 79%
1 Star
An Average Dining Experience
66 - 71%
0.5 Star
The Restaurant is a very Basic Experience
65 - 61%
0 Stars
ALERT: Poor, or Appalling Experience
(Do not waste your money or time)
60% or below

Overall Star Rating:
1 of 5 Stars: 
An Average Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
No outside wine permitted
Restaurant style:
Cuisine style:
Seafood, American, Southern, Cajun, Pescatarian, and Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual, or Conservative attire
Child policy:

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Trendy, Great bar, Rustic, Tourist grabber
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Airport lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low to Medium
Nonsmoking restaurant

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Jekyll Island Seafood:
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 North Terminal Pkwy
Atlanta, Georgia 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
(404) 209-0907
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Email contact:
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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Reviewed by:
Sean Overpeck (CFE)
Executive Chef
Father, Husband, Wine Drinker
Restaurant nut, History and 
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I am a Florida guy, and have worked in the food service industry for over twenty years, and am currently with the American Embassy in Iraq. I have worked with contractors in Afghanistan, and Antarctica. The idea for Wine, Dine, and Play started in 2012 after a trip to Jordan. Since then over 350 articles have been written, including some San Pellegrino, Michelin, and Elite Travelers Guide restaurants. Other articles include food recipes, and a Grand Food Dictionary; ethnic country cuisines such as Afghan and Peruvian; tasting tours; and of course wine from vineyards in the old and new world alike.

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