Bob Roth’s New River Groves
5660 Griffin Road
Davie, FL 33314
A long-standing business in Broward County, New River Groves has grown over 48 years to ship fresh Florida oranges and grapefruits to the U.S. and Canada. The business also ships pies baked fresh on site with fresh ingredients. New River Groves has a wide array of pies to offer to customers (Terry’s key lime pie being the top seller), including nine-inch apple pies. The pies are in high demand so it is a great idea to arrive early and place orders before they are shipped out. A fresh apple pie tantalizes any customer to ignore any dinner meal and move straight to dessert, eating one or two pieces guilt free.
Baketress Dessert Truck
125 S.E. 3rd Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
In the fast-growing and popular hangout neighborhood of Wynwood, the chef of Sakaya Kitchen, Richard Dales, has created several mobile food trucks (Sakaya a go-go, Dim Sam a go-go) with his delicious creations for professionals who cannot afford to sit and wait at restaurants during their lunch hour. Now he has partnered with pastry chef Vanessa Paz to create the Baketress Dessert Truck. A click of the link above will show pictures of pies that will tempt anyone to sample several selections. There is a fried apple pie a la mode (with vanilla ice cream) on the menu that melts the sweet of the ice cream, the tanginess of the apples and the texture of the fried encasing to produce a delightful sensation from the customer to order another and then eat at the Sakaya restaurant for a full meal afterwards.
Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies
2600 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
An actual Miami firefighter, Derek has made desserts for 15 years. The apple pie selection is sold either by the slice or the whole nine-inch pie can be purchased. Fireman Derek’s has mobile food trucks that go into the Miami area to sell to working professionals and other businesses such as Sweet Dogs on Bird Road. After seeing the pictures of Derek’s dessert dishes, anyone with a sweet tooth will go running to buy them. Follow the business on Twitter and Facebook or place an order at its commercial location on Miami Avenue.
Knaus Berry Farm
15980 S.W. 248th St.
Homestead, FL 33031
Similar to New River Groves in Ft. Lauderdale, the Knaus Berry Farm has been a local delight to South Florida residents since 1959. It hasn’t relocated from its original spot since 1959 and isn’t far away from the roadside strawberry stand and grove that Ray and Russell Knaus harvested and owned. Knaus has all sorts of desserts including delicious apple pies. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and customers should bring cash only. That small stipulation pays admission to see the beautiful country and escape the city noise for awhile to cheat and eat delicious desserts.
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
Located on the Upper East Side neighborhood in the City of Miami, chef Michelle Bernstein and her husband David Martinez established Michy’s, which fashions itself as a bistro that serves “luxurious comfort food.” The dessert menu transports any customer to the country of their choice with baked Alaska, caramelized banana chocolate tart, panna cotta and bread pudding. The apple pie selection is titled deep fried apple pie with apple cider, caramel and vanilla ice cream. To choose this after a delicious dinner and walk out onto US1 at the twilight hour when streets lights and business lights come on for the night is an urban fantasy.
Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.