Although apple pie recipes probably arrived in America with the first English settlers, American apples and the pies made from them were considered sweeter than their European counterparts. The phrase “as American as apple pie” was popular at the turn of the last century. Looped into the same group as baseball and blue jeans, apple pie still conjures up patriotic feelings in the heart. This list includes both older establishments as well as some newcomers that serve worthy samplings of a classic favorite.

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Joe’s Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365

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
(954) 562-4760

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.

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Caporal Chicken

14616 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33184
(305) 551-2227

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.

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Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies

2818 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 703-3623

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.

Sublime Restaurant

1431 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 615-1431

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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Ms. Clarke is an out-going, charismatic communicator and author of The Royalty Principle. Her personal testimony includes events which she refers to as “close encounters of the God kind.” She has published Flash Fiction stories with Splickety Publishing Group and contributes to Dylyce resides in Cocoa, Florida.