Key lime pie–it’s a treat and one that’s as sweet as it is distinctive with its fruity Florida flavor! So, enjoy this generous slice of Americana as we reveal the best places to try this tasty, tangy dessert. To be sure you get your hands on the most authentic Key lime pie, we’ve ensured that every eatery listed here is in the Sunshine State, with most of them actually in the Keys.
Blue Heaven – Key West
This highly rated Key West restaurant offers the quintessential laid-back Keys experience, with free roaming chickens and cats, a surprisingly gourmet menu of Caribbean and Floridian dishes, and real Keys cred for being one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts. In addition to serving up one of Florida’s most celebrated Key lime pies, Blue Heaven does a Key lime hollandaise that’s to die for.
Columbia Restaurant – Tampa & Other Locations
The “Gem of Spanish restaurants,” the 150-year-old Columbia Resturant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City lays claim to the title of Florida’s oldest restaurant. Now with two more locations in Tampa – as well as sister sites in Sarasota, St Augustine, Clearwater Beach, and the Orlando area – the family-owned restaurant also lays claim to serving one of the best and most traditional Key lime pies in the state. It’s a strong case too – at least for pies north of the Keys.
The Florida Key Lime Pie Company – Cocoa Beach
Your one-stop shop for all things Key lime, The Florida Key Lime Pie Company in Cocoa Beach proudly serves a “long standing South Florida family recipe of a fresh baked Florida Key lime pie, made by Floridians in Florida.” A short walk from the beach, the eatery/store is a great place to shop for fun souvenirs and a delectable range of Florida foods.
Pepe’s Café – Key West
Serving a delicious plate of island life since 1909, Pepe’s Cafe is the place for authentic local cooking in Key West. Go for the epic breakfasts (with mimosas please), stay for the killer Key lime pie.
Joe’s Stone Crab – Miami Beach
Some say the pies at this exceedingly popular Miami Beach destination restaurant are so good, the place should be called “Joe’s Key Lime” rather than “Joe’s Stone Crab.” Whatever the case, you don’t want to miss the crabs when you go but be sure to save room for dessert (Key lime pie, of course).
Porky’s Bayside BBQ – Marathon
How do you amp up the umph of a Key lime pie? The folks at Porky’s in Marathon think it’s better when it’s deep-fried. Isn’t everything?
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe – Key West
If you think the name of this much-adored Key West shop is a mouthful (seriously just saying Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe three times fast!), wait till you try the pies! All you’ll be able to say is mmmmmmmm.
Sunset Grill – Clearwater
If you ever find yourself craving comfort food in Clearwater, head to family-owned and operated Sunset Grill. In 2014, the restaurant’s Key lime pie was voted the best in the nation by the American Pie Council. Yes, there really is an American Pie Council, on a mission to “preserve America’s pie heritage and promote America’s love affair with pies.”
Love the Keys? Love Key lime pie? We’d love to read your suggestions on where to go for the best slice of Florida!