Plan your Florida Keys road trip around their famed dessert on this Key Lime Pie adventure…
When you think of the Florida Keys, several things come to mind: conch shells, live music, fresh seafood, and, of course, Key Lime Pie. These 10 spots in the Florida Keys serve up some of the best Key Lime Pie around, and their Floridian feels will chase your wintertime blues away in no time.
Start in Key Largo and dessert your way down to Key West with this Key Lime Pie road trip:
Hobo’s Cafe (Key Largo)
A favorite of Key Largo locals for the past 25+ years, Hobo’s has a tradition of serving the freshest and tastiest food in town in a casual setting. Of course, no Florida Keys menu would be complete without a slice of key lime pie, and Hobo’s does it right- real key limes, graham cracker crust, and the perfect amount of whipped cream. It’s the perfect “first stop” on your little Key Lime Pie adventure through the keys.
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (Key Largo)
If for some reason you’re having trouble getting in that perfect tropical mood for your Keys road trip, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen will take care of that with their decidedly Floridian vibes. While you’re tasting their fantastic key lime pie (made from their own secret recipe), feast your eyes on their funky decor featuring hundreds of license plates from all over the world. When you’re daydreaming about the keys, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen is the kind of place you’re dreaming of.
Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory (Tavernier)
So being named the best key lime pie in the Keys is pretty impressive, but their accolades don’t end there. How about being named the best in the whole state of Florida? Yep, the Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory won that distinction too. There’s a reason their key lime pies win every award on the planet and have been featured on several television shows… They’re absolutely delicious. Combine a slice of pie with their bright and colorful cafe and you get a surefire recipe to chase away all your worries.
Midway Cafe & Coffee Bar (Islamorada)
In case the name didn’t give it away, Midway Cafe is halfway between Miami and Key West, and the perfect spot to stop on your pie-eating adventure. Palm trees and bright colors welcome you into this funky, friendly little Florida cafe where you’ll find the original Manny & Isa’s Key Lime Pie. This pie is legendary through the keys, and when they closed their doors, they kept making the pies over at Midway. Driving through Islamorda and not stopping at Midway Cafe should be some sort of crime.
Square Grouper (Cudjoe Key)
Chic but approachable, the Square Grouper is hands-down one of the best spots in the Keys for a tasty lunch or dinner. Small plates, tons of wine and craft beers, and, of course, delectable desserts make this place a favorite for locals and travelers alike. Oh, we almost forgot to talk about their Key Lime Pie… It’s amazing- like the final piece of a culinary puzzle.
Mangrove Mama’s (Sugarloaf Key)
Laid back and low-key, Mangrove Mama’s is the place on Sugarloaf Key to catch some live music while enjoying some fresh seafood or award-winning Key Lime Pie. Built originally as a rail station in the early 1900s, the little Florida building has become a staple for locals, and thanks to lots of national attention, it’s now becoming a must-try for travelers as well. With their “bring your own catch” option, Mangrove Mama’s is perfect for fishermen who want to eat their fish and enjoy some homemade Key Lime Pie too.
Pepe’s (Key West)
The oldest restaurant in all the Keys, Pepe’s has been serving up some of the freshest food in Florida since 1909. From their breakfast to their dinner, it’s all good, and in a town of seafood, Pepe’s stands alone as the island’s best steakhouse as well. Of course, they’re on this list for their dessert… Their Key Lime Pie is make in house and is the perfect tartness to make your mouth water.
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe (Key West)
What started as a smoothie stand has turned into an entire Key Lime empire for Kermit Carpenter. While he’s famous for standing in front of his original shop on Elizabeth St. and throwing pies around, the Kermit empire now stretches to Duval St. and even upstate to a production facility, all built to handle the extreme demand for Kermit’s Key Lime Pies (and jams, jellies, etc.). His Key Lime Pie makes the list for its homemade whipped cream and fluffy filling. Considering pretty much every other newspaper, television show, and magazine has also concluded Kermit’s is a “must-eat” in Key West, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it too.
Key West Key Lime Pie Co. (Key West)
When it comes to Key Lime Pie, none know it better than the folks at Key West Key Lime Pie Co.. They’ve taken their 100-year old Key Lime Pie recipe and expanded into all sorts of delicious sweets. As long as it’s homemade and tastes good, Key West Key Lime Pie Co. is all about it. While you can order their good stuff online, a trip to their store gives you a chance to see it all made right before your eyes. You can even have them ship some back home for you.
Blue Heaven (Key West)
The antidote for anyone feeling sick and tired of the standard commercialized Florida vacation, Blue Heaven is the funky Florida place of all our dreams. From their free-roaming chickens and cats to their kitschy decor, Blue Heaven feels like you walked right into an old Jimmy Buffett song, and it’s wonderful. Tucked into Key West’s historic Bahama Village, their menu changes very little, but always features Caribbean-inspired seafood dishes and what some say may be the best Key Lime Pie in all Key West. From the island vibes to the Key Lime pies, Blue Heaven hits a grand slam.
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Of course, there’s a heck of a lot more to do in the Keys than stuff your face with pie! Hop over to their official tourism site for help planning your next trip.
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