Miami's Ten Best Key Lime Pies

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Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
A dessert tradition adopted locally by travelers to Key West who came back loving the sharper taste of the smaller key lime species, this contribution to the world of pie-dom is now sought by die-hard fans. Tart and creamy, key lime pie can be covered in meringue or sparsely dolloped with fresh whipped cream. Either way, it's the pie for which Florida has become famous.

Key lime juice has a yellowish tone and in its finished pie format can look deceptively like lemon meringue in the bakery case. Even an educated sweet seeker always asks.

In this year's "Best of Miami" issue, the Bar in Coral Gables took top honors for its version, but where else can you find a slice of killer key lime pie in the city? Here's our Top 10.

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Lesley Elliott
10. Juvia's deconstructed adaptation of key lime pie ($8) wins points for creativity;  in a glass, hardened meringue fingers are balanced on a base of custard. The ripe taste of fresh, tart lime is concentrated, and there is a shortbread crumble for additional crunch.

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Fireman Derek's Famous Pies
9. Firefighter Derek Kaplan's other job is making fantastic pies, so when he's not in uniform, he's in the kitchen baking (a girl's dream come true). Fireman Derek's (2600 N. Miami Ave., 786-449-2517) key lime pies are available whole ($15) or in single-serving cups ($3 each or ten for $25). You can get them directly from the source or find them at La Camaronera, which serves them in its restaurant and from its food truck, the Fish Box.

Location Info


The Bar

172 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Music


1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Point Bakery & Cafe - CLOSED

3252 Northeast 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Dutch

2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

LoKal Burgers & Beer

3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Icebox Cafe

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cecconi's Miami Beach

4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rusty Pelican

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe

9549 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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The Krazy Key Lime hands down! How is it not on this list


America's Favorite Key Lime Pies Aren't Even Made In Florida! That's Because They Have Been Baked In Asheville N.C. By The Beautiful Gorgeous...Mrs. Anita Pelaez", And Her Husband Kutchie For The Past 40-Years At Their Key Lime Pie Factory. Many Of The Best Pies Available In Key West And Throughout The Keys And South Florida Are Made In Asheville And Exported To Florida Locations. They Don't Even Grow Key Limes In The Keys Anymore. Anita And Kutchie Grow Their Own Key Lime Trees On The West Coast Of Florida. Thousands Upon Thousands Of The Famous Trees They Grow On Their Florida Plantations. You Can Taste The Real Difference Whenever You Eat Anita's and Kutchie's Famous Key Lime Pies. Together The Loving Couple Possess The Original 1920'S Recipe From Key West. Passed Down Through The Family For Generations. Thus, Many People Are Surprised To Learn That The Original Key Lime Pies Are Baked In The Mountains Of North Carolina. 


Gibson's Donuts in Memphis, really, has a fantastic key lime filled donut.  I'm from South Florida and we just visited Memphis.  I couldn't resist, and after tasting it, I was smitten!

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