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Mr Etler Apr 25, 2009 07:19 AM

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. JonParker RE: Mr Etler Apr 25, 2009 08:17 AM

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

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      Elyssa RE: JonParker Apr 25, 2009 11:39 AM

      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).

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      pineapple sage RE: Mr Etler Apr 25, 2009 11:49 AM

      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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        DanielK RE: pineapple sage Apr 25, 2009 08:38 PM

        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.

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          Mr Etler RE: DanielK Apr 28, 2009 07:04 PM

          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.

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            WestN RE: DanielK Apr 28, 2009 07:44 PM

            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.

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              DanielK RE: WestN Apr 29, 2009 07:41 AM

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

              Key limes are yellow.

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            maoj RE: pineapple sage May 5, 2009 11:25 AM

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

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            Chippewa29 RE: Mr Etler Apr 25, 2009 02:26 PM

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

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

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              pamd RE: Mr Etler Apr 29, 2009 04:39 AM

              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.

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                DC TOOL RE: Mr Etler Apr 29, 2009 06:12 AM

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

                1. ktmoomau RE: Mr Etler Apr 29, 2009 07:29 AM

                  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.

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                    Suemelk RE: Mr Etler May 4, 2009 07:33 AM

                    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.

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                      skipper RE: Mr Etler May 4, 2009 12:33 PM

                      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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                        Marissa RE: skipper May 6, 2009 04:35 PM

                        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.

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                          Mr Etler RE: Marissa May 13, 2009 07:30 AM

                          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!

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                            180hearted RE: Mr Etler May 14, 2009 12:09 PM

                            Henningers Tavern has real key lime.

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