SoFla Thanksgiving and Fruit Pies
There are already recent threads for 2 other regions of Florida, so I hate to start another but my inability to find anything outside of Publix and Whole Foods in this category has contributed to my loss of weight in recent years, and who wants that, right?
The focus is on pumpkin and pecan pies, but I'll throw it open to fruit pies as well (why not).
I'll start things off with what I have found or heard:
There was a shout-out last year for Upper Crust in Lake Worth, but that's a little far: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5769...
I've had very good sweet potato pie at Tom Jenkins BBQ on US1 in FLL.
Siciliano's Frozen Custard on Hollywood Blvd east of 441 makes excellent pumpkin frozen custard pies, and soft-serve (for the last couple of years this seasonal offering is the only flavor they produce other than chocolate and vanilla, and only for a very limited time).
Any other thoughts/recs?
Siciliano's Frozen Custard
5917 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33021
One correction to my original post: Siciliano's is not doing soft-serve pumpkin custard this year, but they do have hard-serve [?] of that flavor, probably until Thanksgiving. They also told me the price of a pie is lower this year: $10-something down from $13-something.
I have a real love-hate relationship with this place. When they have a special flavor (like key lime pie, bailiey's, etc), it is worth a detour from I-95, but the owner is too short-sighted to invest in a machine that can produce anything but chocolate and vanilla.
Sometimes I feel like buying him a second machine myself!
6103 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
Bob Roth's New River Groves on Griffin Road in Davie, a little west of the Turnpike I think. Very good Thanksgiving pies (and key lime too)
Wow - started 5 years ago and so little has changed. Still went to Siciliano's for pumpkin frozen pumpkin custard, which can be ordered as a pie (interesting twist on a traditional favorite).
For pecan pies we now make a bourbon chocolate version at home - not many ingredients and pretty cheap and simple to make.
For fruit pies I pretty much rely on Fresh Market these days. The cost to make an apple pie has gotten to be pretty steep (8 apples at $1.99/lb can get pretty nuts, plus the cost of labor - my wife's billable rate is like $400/hr or something, so a $1000 pie).
The only "new" thing in pies since the OP (that I'm aware of) is Fireman Derek's pies, which I believe evolved from a food truck? I have no personal experience with it, but wonder if anyone else here has?
2818 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Afraid I will not qualify for the West Broward bonus point. Earlier mention of Bob Roth's has good key lime if I'm thinking of the right place, and certainly it's pretty far west. Wow - they even have a PUMPKIN key lime pie - pretty wierd:
Key Lime Pie is so easy to make, I just made a couple with key limes from my yard but the bottled stuff is just as good.
I will keep my eyes open for pies on sale at independent stores and produce markets - The Boys in Delray may do good pies, also their bakery Grandmas.