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Best Key Lime pie

hungryann Aug 17, 2009 05:25 PM

Hi all,

I am looking for the best key lime pie in Miami or the Keys. Preferably graham pie, intense lime flavour, tartness and a perfect meringue topping. What are your suggestions?


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    RibDog Nov 23, 2010 06:32 PM

    Personally, I like the ones I make with fresh key lime juice. My neighbor has a friend with key lime tree and gives me fresh ones quite often. They come out very good with tree ripened key limes.

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    1. re: RibDog
      askdrtodd Nov 24, 2010 04:20 AM

      Agreed 100%. I like mine almost like creme brulee consistency, real good quality egg yolks & condensed milk, along with a solid 1/8th to 1/4 cup of key lime zest in the mix to make it nice and tart. Use top quality graham crackers & butter for the crust, and whip up some cream with some vanilla bean in it, and with about half a dozen ingredients you have an amazing pie. I was always really fond of Mike's Pies KLP, I miss the location on MacDill.

      1. re: askdrtodd
        DaisyM Nov 30, 2010 02:42 PM

        We thought The Blonde Giraffe had the best key lime pies. Was so sorry to see this on their website.
        Dear Customers,
        This is to let you know that our company, Blond Giraffe, will be going out of business in November, 2010. We are deeply saddened that we must do this and at the turn of events that brought our company to this point, namely: two employees lawsuits, the Gulf oil spill, the dramatically drop in tourists because of the recession, the huge decrease of cruise ships in the Port of Key West which resulted in 2010 being the worst season we have had since opening the business. We want to thank all of you - our customers - for all the support you have given us over the 12 years and to let you know we plan start our business again, most likely under a different name, in the near future. Thank you again for supporting Blond Giraffe products.
        Best Regards,
        Tania and Roberto

        Roberto & Tani

        1. re: askdrtodd
          rhnault Dec 1, 2010 06:42 AM

          we had a really good piece of keylime at Bahama Breeze the other night. Family's final night in town and they were staying at Rocky Point so we met up there for an early dinner. Waiter said it is the only dessert they make in house. It definitely had the home made look and taste. Nice thick fresh crust, tart filling with a great consistency, and meringue on top. Plus it was a big enough piece for 2-3 people.

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        ddodson May 5, 2010 01:08 AM

        Buying a pie for 70.00 is absolutly nuts when the majority of all these places use the recipe on the bottle of Nellies Key Lime Juice. It couldn't be simpler, use a graham cracker crust store made, and just grate a lime's worth of zest into the filling for the best you've ever eaten!

        Key Lime Cafe
        211 Colorado Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

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        1. re: ddodson
          Lauracooks May 6, 2010 05:25 AM

          5 egg yolks
          1/2 cup key lime juice
          1 can sweetened condensed milk

          transfer into grahm cracker crust

          Bake 10 min at 400 degrees to set

          It's a winner every time

          1. re: Lauracooks
            askdrtodd May 6, 2010 05:34 AM

            that's funny, that's almost the same recipe I use, only I use 6 yolks, and zest at least half the key limes into the mix prior to baking. Also the crust is easy to make, just use (copious amounts of) butter and graham crackers.

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              Lauracooks May 6, 2010 03:06 PM

              I use 1 stick of butter to 1 pack of crushed grahm crackers. That makes a awsome crust

              1. re: Lauracooks
                triff May 7, 2010 04:40 PM

                Is this for an 8" or 9" pie?

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                  Lauracooks May 11, 2010 08:38 AM

                  a deep 8' or shallow 9"

                  1. re: Lauracooks
                    triff May 11, 2010 09:34 AM

                    OK - thanks for the clarification.
                    When we had a restaurant, I use to make one that was not cooked (had pasteurized eggs), and was served frozen or slightly softened. Love to try different versions!

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                      Lauracooks May 11, 2010 09:37 AM

                      I find that the 10 min sets the pie with a better texture than raw

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                        Old E. May 11, 2010 10:09 AM

                        Agreed. I feel that quick cook is the key to it all. I used to make a no bake and was never really happy with it.

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                          hwygal Nov 23, 2010 05:50 PM

                          I am always skeptical when people refer to "the best". My friend calls me "gourmond" Not sure I spelled that right, but anyhow...I am very critical of food, and I say this without ever being accused of being a picky eater. The only thing I am not crazy about is liver and maybe that is because I have never had good liver. The POINT is this restaurant I cannot rave about enough. This is the BEST key lime pie I EVER had..also the best huevos rancheros. Also, try their cuban coffee. I keep meaning to write them, BEGGING for their key lime recipe, which I would gladly charge a crazy amount on my Credit Card for because I am too poor to travel there.

                          Coco's Kitchen
                          283 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043

            2. re: Lauracooks
              sunshine842 Nov 24, 2010 05:10 AM

              and NO WHIPPED CREAM.

              Meringue if you just can't bring yourself to eat it naked, but no whipped cream.

              And for the love of everything that is holy, key lime pie is YELLOW, not green. Don't be adding food coloring to it. Gah.

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            mojitoson Aug 22, 2009 09:39 AM

            I recently sampled Kenny's Key Lime Pie at this year's Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The pie was just as a key lime pie should be - not too sweet, not too tart, with the wonderful tang of real lime juice. Their Mango Pie was the best mango inspired dessert at this year's festival by far. Whole Foods markets carries their pies in the Miami area.

            Locally, the best key lime pies I have tried are at Houston's Restaurant with its sweet, crumbly, super buttery graham cracker crust and at Garcia's Seafood Restaurant on the Miami River. Garcia's key lime pies are made in-house from scratch - they are the real deal!

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            1. re: mojitoson
              bimmertimmer Aug 22, 2009 10:21 AM

              Mike's in Tampa available on their website mikespies

              1. re: bimmertimmer
                breakaway Aug 28, 2009 07:29 AM

                Is there any decent Key Lime Pie in Pensacola?

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                  suemac Aug 31, 2009 11:13 AM

                  I had a pretty good slice from Joe Patti's a couple of weeks ago.

                2. re: bimmertimmer
                  aynrandgirl Aug 30, 2009 07:16 PM

                  Mike's retail location is closed. Are you sure they're still selling by mail order?

                3. re: mojitoson
                  tarepanda Aug 28, 2009 06:57 PM

                  Are Kenny's pies in the bakery or the frozen section of Whole Foods?

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                  rainroosty Aug 21, 2009 09:42 AM

                  Hell, I love the Edward's frozen Key Lime Pie in the freezer section at Publix!
                  That stuff is great! :-)

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                    emily Nov 25, 2013 09:43 AM

                    I wouldn't have thought to buy a frozen key lime pie, but Edward's was really good! I liked it much better than Joe's, probably due to the fact that Edward's is much tangier. I do like a tangy key lime pie.

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                      Veggo Nov 25, 2013 09:50 AM

                      Isn't Tangier a city in Morocco?....:)

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                    nigel Aug 20, 2009 01:13 PM

                    in palm beach it is at the palm beach grill- but get it without the coolie! if you can get a member to get you in the palm beach yacht club on flagler has the best of the best key lime pie! check it out

                    1. 2top Aug 18, 2009 11:34 AM

                      Terry's Key Lime Pies
                      Bob Roth's New River Groves
                      5660 Griffin Rd
                      Davie, FL 33314-4537
                      (954) 581-8630

                      Not Cheap $$$

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                      1. re: 2top
                        breakaway Aug 19, 2009 01:54 PM

                        What about in West Palm Beach area?

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                          hood024 Aug 29, 2009 11:03 PM

                          Terry's pies converted me. It's sooooo good. But yes on the $$$$.

                        2. yomyb Aug 18, 2009 08:35 AM

                          Joe's Stone Crabs

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                          1. re: yomyb
                            ash0529 Aug 18, 2009 09:59 AM

                            Joe's all the way. I'm surprised it took this long to get mentioned. I know many northerners who have it shipped up at least once a year to cure their cravings for it. At nearly $70 for a pie (including overnight delivery), I think it speaks for their opinions on the quality.

                            1. re: ash0529
                              OysterHo May 10, 2010 08:22 PM

                              Joe's has amazing key lime pie. I finally got to try it there for the first time!

                              They do something very special with their crust. I've never had a graham crust like it!

                          2. sweet_polly Aug 18, 2009 05:52 AM

                            The key lime pie with chocolate ganache layered crust at La Te Da in Key West (formerly known as Alice's Black Bottom Key Lime Pie).

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                            1. re: sweet_polly
                              Suzie Aug 18, 2009 05:56 AM

                              Alice is no longer at La Te Da. She left about a month ago.

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                                sweet_polly Aug 18, 2009 07:18 AM

                                Oh no! Did she leave again? I know she left once, but I thought she was back earlier this year. I wonder what happened? :(

                              2. re: sweet_polly
                                OysterHo Aug 20, 2009 03:19 PM

                                I was going to post La Te Da's pie too. Loved it.

                                1. re: OysterHo
                                  sweet_polly Aug 21, 2009 06:14 AM

                                  I don't get to Key West as often as I'd like, so I make the pie at home sometimes. ;)
                                  Link to recipe:


                                  1. re: sweet_polly
                                    OysterHo Aug 23, 2009 05:23 PM

                                    OMG! Thank you!

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                                seminole phil Aug 17, 2009 06:56 PM


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                                  hungryann Aug 17, 2009 07:33 PM

                                  The Blonde Giraffe looked a little gimmicky to me...is it the real deal? I saw some excellent looking pies in Publix and Fresh Market but didn't know if that was really the best around. I will pick one up from Fresh Market

                                  1. re: hungryann
                                    Suzie Aug 18, 2009 04:03 AM

                                    The Blonde Girraffe is the real deal. They are one of the favorite establishments to buy a Key Lime Pie in the Keys and Key West.

                                    1. re: Suzie
                                      hungryann Aug 18, 2009 08:17 AM

                                      Good to know, I'll pop in for a slice.

                                      1. re: hungryann
                                        Gabled Aug 29, 2009 07:02 AM

                                        And just for those who get stumped looking for The Blonde Giraffe on US1, it changed its name to Key Lime Pie Factory awhile back, but it's the same owners-recipe of Key West's Blonde Giraffe.

                                        I think their pie knocks the crab shells out of Joe's (which I never got to try until AFTER the original pie guy passed away -- so maybe it was better back then).

                                        Then again, I'll also confess to liking the chocolate-dipped key lime slices they occassionally sell at Key Lime Pie Factory, so I'll lose points with the purists.

                                        Heck, I'll lose all credibility at this point and say that one of the tastiest pie revelations is the Mango Key Lime Pie that they sometimes sell at Publix. At least it's better than the regular key lime they sell there.

                                        1. re: Gabled
                                          Veggo May 11, 2010 09:51 AM

                                          I'll defend your cred 'til the cows come home. I bought a mango key lime pie at Publix a couple days ago and it is swimmingly good.
                                          And there is one slice left!

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