Blue Heaven, located in Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood, has been delighting diners with its mix of Floridian and Caribbean cuisine since first setting up shop over 20 years ago. A funky, arty spot, Blue Heaven boasts al fresco dining, live music and a laid-back vibe. Alongside dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken and yellowtail snapper, guests will find its much-loved key lime pie. Made daily with freshly squeezed limes and a graham cracker crust, Blue Heaven’s key lime pie comes topped with one of the most generous portions of meringue in the state.
Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas Street, Key West, FL, USA, +1 305 296 8666
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop & Café
Key West might have bragging rights as key lime pie’s birthplace, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great pies elsewhere and Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop & Café in Miami is living proof of that. The brainchild of Derek Kaplan, a firefighter with a passion for baking, the company was established in 2008 and the opening of its café and bake shop in 2014 means its delicious pies are even more readily available. Its key lime pie, which is Derek’s favorite pie to bake, features a classic graham cracker crust and was voted the city’s best in the Miami New Times 2015 Best of Miami Awards.
Zukie Tzekas, baker and cook at Sunset Grill, the Clearwater-based home-style restaurant she runs with her family, had only around a year’s worth of experience baking pies when she entered her key lime pie in the 2014 American Pie Council’s National Pie Championships. But being a bit green didn’t deter judges and Zukie went on the scoop the award for best key lime pie in the competition’s independent commercial category. She credits her success with the pie’s creamy, rather than tart, flavor and its crust crafted from butter, vanilla wafer, graham crackers and a secret ingredient that gives it that extra kick.
Sunset Grill, 2328 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL, USA, +1 727 723 2346
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
When a pie receives national recognition from the likes of Food Network and National Geographic, guest are guaranteed a heavenly slice of Florida’s favorite dessert. Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe has become a local institution since first opening in 1993 and its key lime pies (available in a classic-style or with strawberry) and pie bars (pies on a stick dipped in dark or white chocolate) are a Conch Republic must-try. But if you can’t make it to Key West, fear not: Kermit’s delicious key lime pie products can be purchased via an online store shipping to the US and Canada.
Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory
Blond Giraffe has featured in the likes of Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines, their key lime pie, which is based on a recipe passed down by co-owner Tania Beguinati’s grandmother, is available whole, by the slice or frozen on a stick dipped in chocolate. In addition to pies, Blond Giraffe also boasts a full espresso bar and other key lime products like cookies, pretzels and candies.
Cabbage Key can be found within Pine Island Sound, a beautiful ‘Old Florida’ island, home to an equally stunning resort of the same name and some of the best key lime pie in the southwest reaches of the state. Take a seat in its main dining room, a quirky space decorated in one dollar bills left by previous guests, or on its porch overlooking the island’s marina and grab a slice, based on an Old Florida no bake recipe, its homemade frozen key lime pie comes topped with whipped cream. Beforehand though, you might want to try Cabbage Key’s cheeseburger, some say it was the inspiration behind Jimmy Buffet’s 1978 song Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Cabbage Key, ICW Channel Marker 60, Cayo Costa, FL, USA, +1 239 283 2278
Located in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, LoKal is a trendy, laid-back spot that first opened its doors in 2011 and focuses on delicious comfort food classics crafted from sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Alongside its Floridian grass-fed beef burgers and hearty sandwiches, guests will find a key lime pie with a nutty twist featuring a graham cracker and pecan crust, a creamy lime zest and key lime filling and fresh whipped cream topped with nuts. Diners with dogs are in luck too: LoKal offers a canine-friendly menu featuring meatloaf, chicken and rice, and a non-alcoholic beer designed specifically for dogs.
LoKal, 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 442 3377
Key West Key Lime Pie Co
Key West Key Lime Pie Co’s award-winning pies, which scooped a third place prize at the 2014 Key Lime Festival Pie Championships for a pineapple and coconut flavored version, are handmade from scratch daily and are amongst the most popular in the Keys. Not only does this place supply many restaurants in the area, guests at its newly remodeled store can also watch its talented pie makers in action as they dine. Choose from pies (available gluten-free and in different flavors) and chocolate-dipped pie bars or other sweet treats like key lime cookies and milkshakes.
Key West Key Lime Pie Co, 511 Greene Street, Key West, FL, USA, +1 305 517 6720
Randy’s Paradise Shrimp
Recently named the best local key lime pie in the Naples Illustrated Dining Awards, Randy’s Paradise Shrimp is a Bonita Springs restaurant that dubs its famous pie ‘the best this side of heaven’. Made with a classic graham cracker crust, Randy’s own brand key lime pie juice (available to buy from the restaurant’s online store) and topped with whipped cream, the pies are available by the slice or whole to take home. While there, it’d be a shame to miss out on some of Randy’s famous seafood too, choose from crab cakes, shrimp platters, fish tacos and the like.
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen
Open for almost 40 years, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen today boasts two Key Largo locations and its famous homemade key lime pies come with the seal of approval of not only four decades worth of diners but also Cosmopolitan Magazine. Described by the restaurant as ‘creamy cold and tangy sweet’, the pies feature a freshly made graham cracker crust and whipped cream topping and if one slice doesn’t satisfy, guests can grab a whole pie to-go. Don’t leave without trying Mrs. Mac’s famous key lime freeze either, made from a trademarked secret recipe, it’s a refreshing milkshake-like drink perfect for hot summer days.
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, 99336 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL, USA, +1 305 451 3722