This was our first experience with Barbara Jean's in St. Simons Island, or at anywhere for that matter. We decided to go there after reading the reviews here. Overall, it was a good thing- the food was great. Service? Well, that's where the givin' groans part comes in. If you call there and ask how long the wait is- rule of thumb tack on another 20 minutes at least! The phone guy answering must be paid to score shave the wait time to get you over there. Two by two and ten by ten they all piled in. All was well for about 15 minutes waiting after the little, packed diner was bugling at the seams. Then, it happened- the host was answering the phone with his favorite phrase "about a 5-10 minute wait y'all". GOOD LUCK on that we say! Try 45 minutes at least for a table for two! So now for the food- yummy! Home style at its southern finest. The She Crab soup- for y'all not liking spicy foods (like me) be sure to skip this one! Burned the old throat going down, yuk. Fair amount of crab in it however.
Crab cakes- they were good, not as wonderful as I expected them to be. Honestly, had one just as good at Ruby Tuesday's recently. Side dishes- got some little bowls of gold here! Go for the squash casserole of yellow goodness- carrots are great, corn, mashed potatoes too. All good. The breads they serve you to start your meal are fantastic too. The pumpkin bread- you will ask for more!
If you leave there hungry, it is all your fault!