A Final Note on Florida: The Key Lime Pie Challenge

Ah Key Lime Pie – that delectable dessert concoction that was invented in Key West in the 19th Century. Graham cracker crust holding a creamy, tart yet sweet custard made with Key Lime juice, and topped with either whipped cream or meringue.

On our trip to the Keys, the family took it upon ourselves to find out who had the best Key Lime Pie on Key Largo. This meant that we were “required” to eat Key Lime Pie at every restaurant we ate at, no matter how stuffed we already were. It was a challenge we were most definitely up for given that a very large sweet tooth runs in the family and is proudly passed down to generation after generation.

On Key Largo, we sampled Key Lime Pie from Hobo’s, Mrs. Mac’s, The Pilot House, and The Conch House (where our family ate but we did not because we were off trying to dive; in the end, our dive trip got rained out and we missed out on some incredibly great Key Lime Pie we were told).

The winner of the “Most Decadent” Key Lime Pie award goes to the Pilot House. There we had Fried Key Lime Pie: Key Lime Pie inside a home-made tortilla that is fried so it’s like a stuffed sopapilla, all topped with brown sugar, strawberry and key lime sauce, and ample amounts of whipped cream.  As our waitress described the pie to us,  “it takes Key Lime Pie to a whole new level.”  Because we’d all just returned from our dive/snorkel expedition, we were starving and decided to give it a go.  While this dessert was delicious, it was almost too much, over the top, and the taste of the Key Lime Pie was dwarfed by all the other sweetness surrounding it.

All of the Key Lime Pie sampled in Key Large was delicious but in the end, we determined that the winner of the “Most Delicious” Key Lime Pie was a tie between The Conch House and Mrs. Mac’s! The pie at both restaurants was the creamiest and had just the right amount of tartness and sweetness.

Now it’s time to head home and go on a serious diet! We already miss that Key Lime Pie.


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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