Key Lime Pie

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Key lime pie is the official state pie of Florida. Once unique to the coral islands at the southernmost end of Route One, the sweet-tart, pale yellow dessert is now a standard in restaurants from coast to coast, ranging from deluxe steak houses to paper-napkin seafood shacks. The classic recipe, including Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks on a Graham cracker crust (and maybe meringue on top) is perfect, but there are good versions and great ones. Here is our choice of greats from Florida and the Southeast.

1

Sullivan’s

Well into its third decade, Sullivan's is a South Carolina favorite for oysters, flounder, fried shrimp and panko-crusted crab cakes. Key lime pie is a classic.

2

Cochon Butcher

House-cured and smoked meats star at this casual New Orleans "Swine Bar" progeny of the original Cochon. Boudin sausage and BBQ pork are featured attractions.

3

Great Southern Cafe

A casual, sophisticated restaurant with a seafood-focused menu, Great Southern Café offers "new-fashion Southern cuisine." Best bet: smoked Gouda cheese grits.

4

Lynn’s Quality Oysters

Friendly, happy, rough-around-the-edges, Lynn’s is a restaurant for oyster-lovers along Florida’s “forgotten coast.” Raw or baked, they're some of the best.

5

Fisherman’s Wife

This charming Carrabelle town cafe on Florida's Gulf Coast really is run by a fisherman's wife. Count on impeccable local seafood and perfect Key lime pie.

6

Indian Pass Raw Bar

Local oysters -- raw, baked or steamed -- are featured at Indian Pass Raw Bar, a Florida Panhandle landmark of good eating.

7

Louie’s Back Yard

A romantic Key West dining spot overlooking the Ocean, Louie's serves stylish Caribbean food in a laid-back way. Don't miss: Key lime pie on gingersnap crust.