The key to happiness might be as simple as a slice of key lime pie. But pairing that sweet treat with a sunny outing in South Florida — even better.
Why? Because key lime pie was practically born here — originally the Keys — although true key limes are scarce in these parts now. Still, nearly every restaurant serving dessert seems to have it's own version ofl "the best" or "original."
These days, traditional key lime pie has been done time and time again. Everyone is quick to debate whether the topping should whipped cream or meringue; the crust graham cracker or pastry; and the color a soft yellow or near neon green.
That's why this list pays tribute to all the out-of-the-ordinary slices (and key lime-inspired treats) worth celebrating on National Key Lime Pie day taking place on Thursday, September 23, this year:
Deconstructed Key Lime Pie at OLA in Miami Beach
OLA Miami, short for “Of Latin America,” has helped define the South Florida culinary scene while raising the bar for modern Latin cuisine at The Gates Hotel South Beach. The restaurant's diverse menu combines Latin and Caribbean flavors to create one-of-a-kind dishes, as well as a refined selection of craft cocktails. Celebrate National Key Lime Pie Day by enjoying a slice of OLA’s decadent Deconstructed Key Lime Pie ($8), made with a key lime custard, toasted meringue, vanilla bean ice cream, and finished with a toasted tuile.
Key Lime Cheesecake Flan at Mamey in Coral Gables
Located in the THesis Hotel and helmed by James Beard Nominee and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2020, Chef Niven Patel, Mamey, is an island-inspired dining destination, influenced by Patel’s travels throughout Asia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean. The restaurant showcases exotic flavors and spices commonly found in the islands with ingredients sourced directly from Patel’s own two-acre farm. Here, the key to celebrating National Key Lime Pie Day will be indulging in Mamey’s decadent Key Lime Cheesecake Flan ($12), made with gingersnap cookie crumbs and topped with a coconut whipped cream.
Key Lime Frappe at XO Espresso Bar at The Lincoln Eatery in Miami Beach
Located in Miami Beach’s first food hall, The Lincoln Eatery, XO Espresso Bar will be celebrating National Key Lime Pie Day by offering customers a Key Lime Frappe. A heavenly combination of vanilla and tangy lime topped with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers, this frappe can be enjoyed with a choice of whole, skim, oat, soy, almond or coconut milk.
Key Lime Baked Alaska at Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale
Anchored along the Intracoastal Waterway for more than 30 years, Shooters Waterfront has built a reputation as a big fish in a big pond, and their dessert is no different. Celebrate National Key Lime Pie Day with their acclaimed Key Lime Baked Alaska ($11), a classic Florida favorite dressed up with torched meringue and coconut daiquiri featuring baked key lime.
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream at Chill-N at The Lincoln Eatery in Miami Beach
Chill-N, Miami’s famed ice cream purveyor, will be serving a special edition Key Lime Pie Ice Cream for National Key Lime Pie Day. Made with a chosen base of ice cream, yogurt, coconut milk or tart yogurt, the concoction will feature a fresh key lime pie flavoring. Liquid nitrogen will be added to the mixture and forty-five seconds later, the ingredients will flash-freeze and transform into an ultra-creamy treat.
Key Lime Pie & Key Lime Martini at Beach Bar at Newport Pier in Sunny Isle Beach
Enjoy stunning waterfront views of Sunny Isles Beach when dining at Beach Bar at Newport Pier. The oceanside restaurant features a blend of American classics, fresh seafood, made-to-order sushi, and refreshing hand-crafted cocktails. On National Key Lime Pie Day, guests can indulge in the restaurant's classic Key Lime Pie ($8) dessert. If you’d prefer to have your sweets served in a martini glass, key lime lovers can sip on the Key Lime Martini ($13.99), made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, fresh lime juice, and cream served with a graham cracker rim.
Something Key Lime at Quarterdeck in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, and Dania Beach
Quarterdeck, Fort Lauderdale locals’ favorite neighborhood hangout is known for offering guests American comfort fare, an extensive sushi selection, craft cocktails, and local beers in a fun and chill environment. With multiple locations to visit, guests can enjoy open-air dining, delicious dishes, and guaranteed great vibes. Of course, you can also celebrate this favorite dessert on National Key Lime Pie Day and indulge in Quarterdeck’s classic Something Key Lime Pie ($8).
A Slice of Heaven at the Shelborne in South Beach
The Shelborne’s Pool Bar & Grill, located in the heart of Miami Beach, is the perfect stop for a poolside piece of Key Lime Pie ($10) that will leave you craving more. Even better: this indulgent treat is available for $9 during happy hour at the Shelborne Oasis Garden, Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.