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Key Lime Pie

Key West Key Lime Pie Co.

Courtesy of Key West Key Lime Pie Co.

Key West Key Lime Pie Co.'s version of Florida’s official dessert.

A trip to Key West is incomplete without trying a slice of Key lime pie—after all, it’s the official dessert of Florida. Rumored to have originated in Key West during the late 19th century, this tart treat’s secret is the juice from a Key lime, an indigenous Floridian fruit (not to be confused with your average grocery store lime). With every restaurant in town boasting they have the best slice, we put together a pie guide to help you to sort which rendition of this classic dessert is your favorite.

Pepe’s Café 
Pie purists claim a true Key lime pie is yellow, tart, stands up on its own with a creamy texture and is baked in a graham cracker crust with whipped cream on top. If this traditional recipe fits to your liking, stop by Pepe’s Café, the oldest restaurant in Key West to sample its pie. Can’t get enough of this classic treat? Try baking it on your own after your visit—Pepe’s lists the recipe on its website.
806 Caroline St. 305-294-7192. Slice of pie: $7.25

Blue Heaven Restaurant  
Topped with six whopping inches of meringue, Blue Heaven Restaurant takes its Key lime pie to a new level. Literally. Enjoy your hearty dessert in the restaurant’s historic building, where Ernest Hemingway refereed boxing matches, or under the tropical almond trees on the patio.
729 Thomas St. 305-296-8666. Slice of pie: $9

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe 
If you’re on the hunt for a creative take on Key lime pie, look no further than Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe located in Key West’s Old Town. Not only does Kermit’s sell a traditional Key lime pie slice, but they also serve a decadent, mouth-watering Key lime pie on a stick, dipped in chocolate. Take your ingenious concoction out to Kermit’s garden, complete with a pool and fountain, and savor every bite.
200-A Elizabeth St. 305-296-0806. Slice of pie or pie on a stick: $4.25

Key West Key Lime Pie Company 
As a multiple American Pie Council National Pie Champion, the Key West Key Lime Pie Company is bound to delight. Veering from the traditional, this shop adds a tropical twist to its Key lime pies, mixing the classic Key lime filling with fresh fruit such as mango, raspberry and pineapple with toasted coconut flavors. The traditional Key lime pie is sold here, too, along with a whole host of Key lime products—jellies, salsas, dressings and more.
511 Greene St. 305-517-6720. Any slice of pie: $4.50

Porky’s Bayside BBQ 
Take an hour car ride out of downtown Key West to Porky’s Bayside BBQ on Marathon Key, and you will find a truly original take on Key lime pie. Deep-fried—yes deep-fried—Key lime pie is offered at this relaxed restaurant on the harbor.
1410 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Fla. 305-289-2065. Slice of fried pie: $5.50

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