The Fort Pierce waterfront is a bustling place with coastal steamers to the Bahamas (pipe, containers, flatbed trailers, etc), and a lot of commercial fishing. Several wholesale fish packing houses with refrigerated trucks alongside. Also, several large citrus packing houses in the dock area.
Pelican Seafood is a retail fish market at 735 US 1 (Fort Pierce) directly opposite the A1A "south bridge" to South Hutchinson island. Wonderful, exceptionally fresh pompano, grouper, huge shrimp (U-10< $22), spiny lobsters, tuna, black bass, oysters, crab, etc. The pompano was grilled for dinner tonight, and was wonderful with a little lemon and butter plus a dusting of Old Bay.
The fishmonger spoke well of the Farmer's Market on the Fort Pierce waterfront every Saturday morning, so I suspect we'll visit that tomorrow.
Archie's Seabreeze is an institution on the South Hutchinson Island beach road, an old bar nestled in among some upscale real estate and an old neighborhood. The powers that be have decreed the place needs to be polished up, so there are new planks on their outdoor deck, new 2x4 beams supporting what used to be wobbly tables, and a new modern, scrupulously clean rest room, etc. Fortunately, many old bikers haven't been "improved".
Nice place, beers are a buck from 3 to 6 or 7pm. Sliders are 2 for $4, excellent burgers are in the $7 range with fries, etc. Pitchers of most beers are available. Pool table, music, a place to get out of the rain.
The south jetty extends out several hundred feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and guards the access to the Fort Pierce channel. A number of energetic folks were para-sailing at pretty good speeds. They had single boogie boards with ski-boot-like foot supports, and held a harness that controlled the four cables to the ends of the para-sail. They must has been doing this for a while as protocols on how to pass, how to cross in opposite directions, etc seemed pretty well understood.
Fort Pierce and Jensen Beach have a lot of Mexican restaurants and groceries, as well as many smoked and bbq ribs places. I've already made a mental list of places I'd like to check out.
Edited by Rail Paul, 12 February 2012 - 02:01 AM.