Key Lime Pie


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Indian Pass Raw Bar

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


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.