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Skipper's Fish Camp

85 Screven St., Darien, GA - (912) 437-3474
Posted By Michael Stern on October 25, 2009 9:17 AM
Skipper's Fish Camp, overlooking the Darien River and the Altamaha Bio Reserve, is a well-mannered restaurant decorated with nautical curios including an 11-foot stuffed alligator but with none of the haphazard chaos typical of a working fish camp. It still has a boat launch next door, dating back to the days fishermen brought their shrimp straight to the restaurant kitchen. During lunch, I watched one old boy haul in his skiff and sort through a cooler that included the morning's stripers as well as the few cans of beer he had not yet drunk. If you trailer a boat to this dock and plan to go fishing, you must bring your own bait, for instead of a tackle shop, Skipper's is adjoined by a prestigious waterside condominium development where no worms are sold.

The grand meal is crisp-fried flounder, a fish so big it hangs over both sides of a dinner plate. The vast plateau of meat below its craggy orange-gold crust is moist and sweet, easy to lift in bite-size nuggets right off the skeleton. Fried shrimp are firm and fresh (and indubitably local), accompanied by red-crusted hushpuppies in which the cornmeal is infused with a throbbing swirl of sweetness and garlic. Compared to the muscular shrimp, fried oysters are shockingly fragile, so tender that they seem to evaporate on the tongue. Excellent side dishes include brown-sugary sweet potato casserole and bowls of bright and bitter greens.

The essential dessert is Georgia peach cobbler, a double whammy of fruity sweetness and buttery crust. It is served hot, and of course you want a globe of vanilla ice cream melting on top.
4 star rating
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Crisp Fried Flounder
Fried Shrimp
Fried Oysters
Sweet Potato Souffle
Brunswick Stew
Collard Greens

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Posted By Cindy Koopmans on March 17, 2012 5:56 PM
We stopped at Skippers for Saturday lunch. The service was good. We each had a small salad--spring greens, tomato, cheeses and bacon. A bit wilted. Next, the seafood chowder. Very thick and full of seafood. Quite good, but could have been hotter. The star of the meal was the fried shrimp! We split an appetizer portion, which was eight shrimp for $7.99: a good value. It was hot, lightly battered and delish. The setting is charming, right on the river. I would go back.
2 star rating
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Fried Shrimp

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Posted By Shane Hunt on May 16, 2011 9:36 PM
On a recent week-long trip to the Georgia coast, my friends and I ate well, but Skipper's gave me the most memorable dining experience.

I had chowder with sides of sweet potato soufflé and corn casserole. Each item was outstanding, the chowder different from what I'm accustomed to in New England but every bit as good. The corn casserole was, not surprisingly, similar to Chile's national dish: pastel de choclo (translates as corn pie). Why isn't this replicated more often in the U.S.? Clearly it's not a problem of finding the ingredients. The sweet potato soufflé has been mentioned in other reviews. I'd never had anything like it before. Memorable.
4 star rating
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Sweet Potato Souffle

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