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.