Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe

2818 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
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  • Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Years ago, Derek Kaplan was slinging personal-size key lime pies outside Coconut Grove's now-shuttered Slice N Ice pizzeria. Fast-forward to today, and he has become Miami's foremost sultan of sweets, with a Wynwood storefront in the hallowed space that once housed Jamaican standby Clive's Cafe. He now slings Panther coffee alongside pecan pies, fresh-baked cookies, and ice-cream sandwiches filled with frozen treats from Calle Ocho's Azucar. Kaplan’s pièce de résistance is his crack pie, dusted with a thick layer of powdered sugar. The heart of the thing is a thick, sticky layer of sweet salted caramel. But the magic lies in the space where the crust and filling come together in a gooey, savory, otherworldly concoction that sticks to your teeth and melts in your mouth at the same time.

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