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key lime pie

any recommendations for good key lime pie, particularly w/ meringue, in the DC area? haven't had a good wedge of key lime since a particular Wolfgang Pucks closed down in Los Angeles.

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  1. We had a very good slice last night at The Prime Rib.

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    1. re: JonParker

      I 2nd this. The key lime pie at the Prime Rib is excellent.

      Kramerbooks also has a pretty good Key Lime Pie (no meringue though).

    2. They don't come with meringue but the Ray's restaurants and Bobby's Crabcakes in Rockville have kick ass key lime pie.

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      1. re: pineapple sage

        Agreed - Ray's and Bobby's are hands down the two best KLPs in the area.

        And, speaking from someone who lived in SoFla for 10 years, THERE IS NO MERINGUE ON KEY LIME PIE.

        Thanks, standing down from my soapbox now.

        1. re: DanielK

          no Daniel, there is no meringue on the key lime pie cause i ate it! :)
          maybe if you had a slice of what was served at Pucks, you'd change your mind. reminds me of most americanizing of foods and pets... adulterated. but in this case, oh so good!

          it's all in the taste bud, man.

          1. re: DanielK

            Have to agree with DanielK. In my years in Miami, I never saw a pie with anything on top. Just that horrid yellow green color amongst some crust.

            1. re: WestN

              ummmm, if you saw green, you didn't see Key Lime Pie.

              Key limes are yellow.

          2. re: pineapple sage

            Just had a slice at Ray's on Saturday. YUM!

          3. Manny & Issa's Kitchen.....oops that's Islamorada.

            Darn I wish I could get some of that KLP here in Baltimore.

            1. surprisingly I had a good one at Houstons a while back. The Prime Rib & Capital Grille both have really good ones as well- can't recall the meringue or not.

              1. Urban BBQ has excellent KLP, no food coloring or meringue. Perfect balance of tart and sweet. Tom Sietsema gives it high praise.

                1. In general DC is an awful place for meringue of any type... Ray's the Steaks has pretty good key lime pie without it though.

                  1. I second Houston's or Woodmont Grill as it is called in Bethesda. No meringue but very good. They have a lemon meringue pie at Jackson's in Reston with nice meringue.

                    1. There's an Italian Restaurant at Leisure World Plaza on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring which just changed ownership and names (so pardon me if I don't remember the new name). Anyway, my wife and I shared a slice of its Key Lime pie a week or so ago and it was outstanding. Its made in house, but has no meringue, just a dab of whipped cream instead. Our meals were also fine; although I'm not ready to recommend it on the basis of one experience.

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                      1. re: skipper

                        For classic, graham cracker crust, pudding-like KLP, I second Ray's the Classic's in Silver Spring. For a non-traditional, but wonderful, fluffy (whipped cream mixed in and on top) version, Oceannaire, on F Street,, between 12th and 13th in DC. It's about $10 bucks -- ask for a knife to share easily between 2 or 3.

                        1. re: Marissa

                          oh so sweet, Marissa! Oceannaire on F Street is now on my list of acquisition.

                          i'm gonna forget the knife. when it comes to key lime pie, i'm selfish!

                          1. re: Mr Etler

                            Henningers Tavern has real key lime.