Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This restaurant is one of Miami Beach’s originals, having opened in 1913. From the outside, Joe’s Stone Crab retains old world Florida charm while offering a fine dining experience inside. Throughout its rich history, dining luminaries, such as movie stars and politicians (e.g. Will Rogers, Amelia Earhart, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Gloria Swanson), have graced the establishment. The guest list has even included a few gangsters. While known for its key lime pie, Joe’s Stone Crab’s apple pie with pecan topping is prepared from a favorite old recipe.
The Good Pie Company
5665 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
Relative newcomers to the world of pie baking, newlyweds Marti and Frank began their love affair with food when they first moved to San Francisco. Years later, an illness propelled Frank into baking for relaxation during his recovery. Determined to bake the best pies ever, the couple traveled around America gaining pie-baking expertise. Frank is now chief baker of The Good Pie Company, and dessert lovers can experience the mouth watering results of his culinary endeavors. You can try a peach, plum or cherry pie with traditional lattice-work crust, but the company’s apple strawberry crumb pie is a particular treat.
14616 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33184
Caporal’s flaky crusted apple pie is wrapped in a pastry that keeps the insides piping hot. The original fried-chicken eatery, a staple of New York City, closed in 2011. Fortunately, for natives of New York who have transplanted themselves in the south, the owner Vincent Herryman also moved to Florida, where he opened a new joint by the same name in West Dade. You can pick up one of these delicious pies, fried on the spot, for only $2.99.
Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies
2818 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
Eating pies baked by an active duty firefighter certainly qualifies as a unique experience. And word of mouth says that Derek’s pies are the best in Miami. Visitors, as well as locals, find their way to the quaint storefront bakery in the Wynwood district where they can watch pies being prepared before their eyes. Whether apple pie or key lime pie, whole pies for the holidays or pie by the slice, your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed. The menu also includes quiche and other pies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1431 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
At Sublime, patrons feast on menu items selected from all over the world while dining amidst waterfalls and exotic trees that add to the feel of a tropical rainforest. All menu items, including apple pie and other desserts, are prepared using strictly vegan ingredients. You might even run into celebrity diners like Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin, all of whom have frequented Sublime in the past. The four-star restaurant is a recipient of the 2005 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Best Restaurant in Broward County award.
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