Ten Best Key Lime Pies in the Florida Keys

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A slice of heaven.
The key to happiness might be as simple as a slice of key lime pie. But pairing that sweet treat with a trip to the Keys is the proverbial cherry on top. The topping is actually a bit debated: whipped cream or meringue? As is the crust: graham cracker or pastry? Oh, and the color: yellow for Keys denizens, neon green for nonislanders.

Because key lime pie originated in the Keys -- although key limes no longer grow there (thanks, hurricanes!) -- nearly every eatery, shack, and shop at seemingly every mile marker claims to sell "the best" and "the original." Let's not get tangled in that web of origin. Instead, here's a simple countdown our ten favorite slices. Pucker up!

See also: Ten Best Dining Counters in Miami

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A deceiving sign.
10. Key Lime Pie Factory
The first key lime pie was made in Key West, but not at this shop, which opened only a few years ago. However, the Key Lime Pie Factory's $5 slices are rich and creamy like cheesecake, making them a solid contender. The shop is located in the heart of tourist central, so it's convenient and leads everyone to think it's the original spot, thanks to the misleading sign. It stocks a seemingly endless supply of all things key lime -- from extracts to cookies to slices on a stick dipped in chocolate.

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A wedge on top.
9. Hobo's Café
Hobos may not conjure up images of luxurious and decadent desserts, but Hobo's Café in Key Largo will make you change your mind. Real key limes are used in the fillings, a crisp graham cracker crust lies on the bottom, and it's decorated with just the right amount of whipped cream on top of each slice ($4.50). Sometimes the slices come with a green candy foot or sandal candy or a lime wedge on top. It's the ultimate Hobo stamp of approval.


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46 comments
Frankie Ruiz
Frankie Ruiz

Missing two on list Keys Fisheries & Lazy Days

Karim Batista
Karim Batista

I was just saying how I needed to go try Kermit's ... Road trip Tery Baluja?!?!

Tery Baluja
Tery Baluja

After cheesecake, key lime is my favorite! are we still on the same page Karim Batista??

Andreas Rego
Andreas Rego

lets plan a trip and eat all of them Elisa Trujillo

Aly Acosta
Aly Acosta

Fernando Francisco Jennyfer Pedraza \U0001f60d

Lynn Machin
Lynn Machin

Nelda Figueiredo we were just talking about this...lol

Jose Rivero
Jose Rivero

Blue Heaven Key West Had one last Sunday It's Good.

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