The 12A buoy offers tons of “rustic dive” options

Although it describes itself as a “rustic dive”, Buoy 12A shines like a beacon on Fisherman’s Wharf at the foot of the South Causeway in Fort Pierce. The decor is simple and unpretentious, emphasizing the restaurant’s focus which he describes as “exceptional dishes”.

12A Buoy offers cozy al fresco dining on a well-lit deck that overlooks the water.

There is an outdoor terrace with comfortable tables and chairs. A strategically placed awning protects diners from the sun. Fairy lights create atmosphere and lighting in the evening. The view beyond the bridge is the winding architecture of the causeway reflected in the water.

Inside 12A Buoy, you'll find an unassuming bar with colorful neon beer signs and TVs where you can dine high with cushioned stools.

Inside, you’ll find an unassuming bar with colorful neon beer signs and TVs. You can dine at the bar upstairs with cushioned stools or in the main dining area with teal leather and wood booths or wooden tables and chairs.

12A Buoy serves fresh vegetable salad with artichoke hearts

And now for the good part. Appetizers include raw bar options; shrimp; clams; hot, hot, hot cheese wags; and land and sea carpaccio. 12A Buoy offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees such as onion-crusted snapper, charred scallops, beef, lamb, and seafood pasta dishes. sea. On the evening of our visit, the specialties included oysters, stone crabs and Havanese mahi.

12A Buoy has its own smoked fish dip which is delicious.

We started with a smoked fish dip ($12), which was served with buttery crackers, chopped tomato, onion and jalapeno on the side. The dip had nice chunks of smoked and creamy fish and was delicious. Our other appetizer choice was the sweet pork ($14). Thick slices of maple-glazed black peppercorn bacon were brought to the table suspended from a clothesline by metal clips. A spear of dill pickle rested contentedly on a wooden board under the bacon, receiving the drips. My husband was in heaven. Bacon would have made a heavenly BLT.

The 12A Buoy Sweet Swine features thick slices of maple-black peppercorn-glazed bacon suspended from a clothesline by metal clips.

Two of our first entree choices were not available. The sauce components had not been delivered due to supply chain issues. I then contacted the chef and learned that lately every delivery has presented a new set of challenges. The restaurant is doing what it can to adapt. He added that a statement on daily specials tells diners that 12A Buoy strives to provide the freshest, highest quality at a fair price, but has faced staff and staff shortages. industry-wide products.

The yellowtail snapper at 12A buoy was butterflied, pan-fried and served with garlic, olives, capers, spinach and roasted pepper drizzled with a light wine and basil sauce.

There are plenty of options on the menu, so my friend ordered the yellowtail snapper ($40), which was butterflied, pan-fried, and served with a light wine and basil sauce, garlic, olives, capers, spinach and roasted red peppers. For her part, instead of potatoes or coleslaw, she asked for pasta ($8). She loved her meal. I ordered the fresh mutton ($32) which was a lightly seasoned sweet fish, pan-fried and served with a tangy lemon butter sauce. I too wanted a side dish of pasta. The whole dish was wonderful.

The catch of the day at 12A Buoy was a delicious sweet, seared Sheepshead with a lemon butter sauce.

The gentleman ordered the soup of the day, broccoli and cheese ($8). It was thick and very corny, in a good way. His dinner was prime rib ($30). The beef was perfectly cooked and flavorful but unfortunately the meat was a bit tough.

12A Buoy's Broccoli and Cheddar Soup is thick and very cheesy, in a good way.

These are challenging times beyond our control, and 12A Buoy is not immune to frustrations over delivery and staffing issues. In the unpredictable future, they may miss some menu items. But there are plenty of choices, and they will accommodate when possible.

Check out the food truck the weekend after January 1st. He’ll offer beer, wine, and finger foods while you wait. 12A Buoy is your neighborhood restaurant offering a casual, humble menu style with fresh, quality food and beautiful presentation.

Buoy 12A

Food: Seafood and American

Address: 22 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Pierce

Call: 772-672-4524

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays.

Alcohol: beer and wine

In line: www.12ABuoy.com

Lucie Regensdorf dines anonymously at TCPalm’s expense for #WhatToDoIn772. Contact her at [email protected]

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