Quest For Key Lime Pie

Recently we were invited to join our daughter and kids on a road trip.  By taking this trip we helped her fulfill something she has wanted to do for years…head to Key West in search of finding the perfect Key Lime Pie.  Ok, we can do that!  Picked Emily and the kids up at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.  Off we went joining in on her Quest.

Over a course of four days, we tried 12 different Key Lime slices of pie.  At the same time, enjoying the sunshine and some fun family time.

Day 1 – The adventure began at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo.  It was the perfect place.  We met up with another daughter, Jennifer and family, who were just flying back to Illinois.  Had a nice lunch together and walked out with the first slice of Key Lime Pie.

We then headed south to Key West, but not without stopping along the way for three more pie slices.  We made quick stops at Lazy Days in Islamorada, Key Fisheries in Key Largo, and the Blond Giraffe located in Travernier.

Day 2 – Once we arrived in our BnB on Duval, we walked around Key West for more slices.  Pies were found in the Moondog Café, Blue Heaven, and Banana Café. Blue Heaven won.  I think the judges were impressed with the mile high meringue and voted Moondog as the best.  My vote was for Blue Moon which had the best taste…just my opinion.

Day 3 – Pies for the day’s Quest came from Kermit’s Key West, The Original KLP Bakery, and Sloppy Joe’s.  The winner was Kermit’s Key West.

Day 4 -On our way to Ft. Lauderdale AirPort, we wandered off the road, make that to the middle of nowhere, for lunch at the No Name Pub to begin our final leg of the Quest.  After lunch, we walked out with a slice of their pie.  We found our way back to the highway and found our last slice of Key Lime Pie in Marathon at Sweet Savannah’s.  I think this was the only pie we all agreed upon.  It was very tasty and the best.  The No Name Pub did not come anywhere close to others.

The Quest for the best Key Lime Pie ended just in time to get our passengers to Ft. Lauderdale airport for their trip back to Maryland.  It was a fun 4-day Quest.  Then it was back to Tanglewood for us. Emily could finally check something off her travel list.

For those who have never had a Key Lime Pie, here is the easy recipe I used that was shared by a good Tanglewood friend:

Graham cracker crust (bought or your own)

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 tsp of grated lemon or lime zest (I did not use zest because I was too lazy to go buy it.)

1 8 0z. tub of regular Cool Whip

1/3-1/2 cup of Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice (It usually can be found in Publix or Walmart) or squeeze your own

Beat milk and juice until fully incorporated.  Stir in the zest and beat in Cool Whip.  Dump into the crust and chill.  I put mine in a glass rectangle baking dish (7×10″, not a big dish).  I wanted to cut my portions into squares to serve.  It was not a pie, but it tasted just like one.  I am sure there are many versions of this famous pie.  Enjoy!


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