A good key lime pie requires a "time out" between bites to let the tongue recover. I’ve only had it that good on the Keys in Fla.
I have travled alot and have had Key Lime Pie in Florida and a few other places down south. But I have got to admit that the best Key Lime Pie that I have ever eaten is Fred’s Famous Pies in Cincinnati. This is a small Gourmet Pie shop in a suburb outside of Cincinnati called Milford
Dinosaur BBQ in New York City (125th Street) has tremendous key lime pie, tyhe best I’ve ever had. (Oh, and awesome ribs, too!) – Rusty
If you make it to Knoxville, TN – best key lime pie I ever had is from the Orangery restaurant.
Can anyone give an opinion on The Atlanta Cheesecake Company Key Lime Pie? They have it at BJ’s Wholesale but the two employees I asked if it was Key Lime pie or Key Lime cheesecake sort of shook their heads and didn’t know (I was waiting for a bit of drool to come out of their mouths due to their vacant looks).
Does anyone know if it’s pie or if it’s cheesecake? Is it any good?
Thanks in advance!
This is the recipe that I used when I lived in Fla.
We had a Key Lime tree in our back yard.
I almost cried when we closed on the sale of the house and had to throw all the frozen juice away.
From Joes Stone Crab in Miami Beach.
(Note, when it says Limes, they mean Key Limes)
I went to Costco today, and their Key Lime pie was out! It is a seasonal item, available only for a short time. I just had to buy it. Seems no one has a passion for key lime pies in my housw so guess I might have to eat the whole thing myself.
The Red Lobster Restaurant has a wonderful key lime pie.
Chances are the farther you get from Florida, the harder it will be to find it, and if you do, it might not be as fresh or authentic as the ones in the Keys.
It’s one of my favorite pies and I will always order it if I see it on the menu.
On our trip to Key West a few years ago, I made sure I ordered it at every restaurant. We also visited both Blond Giraffes. Had it frozen and dipped in chocolate, and also both with and without meringue topping. My mother-in-law in Miami made one for me before our trip to Key West. Conclusion: mom’s won hands down. It was simple, tart, and tasty. Blond Giraffe’s was too sweet.
Costco makes a very good key lime cheesecake that is sweet and tart, very addicting. Unfortunately, it is seasonal and only available a few weeks during the year.
Thanks all. I want to try a really good one before I attempt to make it myself, so I know what it should taste like. You’ve given me lots of ideas for how to get hold of some throughout our travels.
Here is a link to Nellie & Joe’s key lime juice. It’s readily available here in NJ, but if it isn’t by you you can order it online. I’ve used it many times with wonderful results. Come to think of it – the weather is getting warmer and a key lime pie would be a perfect end to the day! Sue
I have kind of mixed feelings about signman’s advice if you have never had Key Lime Pie at all. I love key lime pie, and if it’s on the menu I usually order it. But many times I’ve been disappointed. There aren’t a lot of places that do them right unfortuantely. Many places outside of southern Florida sell a lime flavored cheesecake and call it key lime pie…NOT the same. If you don’t know what a really good key lime pie tastes like you might come away thinking it’s overblown and not order it again. I know for years I didn’t think they were anything special and passed them over until I had a really good one on a trip to Florida. Now I always order them on the chance that I might find a good one.
Doesn’t sound like you’ll get there, but my favorite place for Key Lime Pie is Tark’s Crab Shack in Dania Beach Florida.
Enjoy your visit
I absolutely love good key lime pie. Unfortunately even in central Florida it is hard to find a good version of it. I disagree with the statement above that the "crust should be made of crushed graham crackers." True key lime pie comes with a flaky pastry crust, not graham crackers.
All the good key lime pie places in Key West that I know of do not use graham crackers, but it somehow got to be used in many recipes for some reason, and I guess some like it that way. I definitely prefer it with the flaky pastry crust. The frozen versions of it are always easier to do with graham cracker, of course, as it handles the freezing process better than pastry crust. And, of course, the filling should never have a green color to it.
a REAL Key Lime Pie should not even have a hint of green in the filling. I use real Key Limes, only Eagle Brand condensed milk, and 4 jumbo yolks per pie. It’s very simple….beat all the above, pour into shell and put in 350 oven for about 5 minutes (to set only). Remove and let cool. I much prefer real whipped cream versus meringue. I think it’s best served at room temperature.
I’ll second the suggestion for trying the Marie Callender frozen key lime pie — for a good quick pie you can get at the grocery it’s pretty good.
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