Miami's Ten Best Pies
Pie is the perfect food. It’s equally good sweet or savory — a dish that reinvents itself with the seasons and easily bounces between highbrow and low-rent.
Pie doesn’t care if it’s filled with peak-season rhubarb. It won’t judge if you shovel it full of Nutella. Pie is the quintessential American food. It’s not because of clichés like “American as apple pie.” It’s because pie, like good old 'Murika herself, owes its form to various nations’ hundreds of years of history and the melding that has since taken place.
Ancient people were pie people. As soon as humankind learned to cultivate and mill grain, it was bound with olive oil and fashioned into pastry pockets. The Romans filled pies with ham braised in figs and laurel. Pies became the battle standard among Europe’s working classes. Today, at English Premier League matches, you can catch
It’s this long and proud history that makes
Also, pecan pie is by far the best.
Quiche Lorraine at Café Pastis
10. Quiche Lorraine at Cafe Pastis
It’s difficult to decide which part of this towering delight is best. On one hand, you’ve got the crust. Chef and owner Philippe Jacquet
Lemon bar pie
9. Lemon Bar at Mignonette
Mignonette chef de cuisine Bobby Frank says his lemon bar isn’t a pie, but he’s wrong. It’s a quasi-crustless pie that he agreed could be called a bar pie or pie bar. Either way, the tart crayon-yellow delight ($7) topped with a frill of grenadine whipped cream has been a staple at this Edgewater seafood haunt since the place opened last year. It’s like a creamy lemon Jolly Rancher but, like the best key lime
8. Shoofly Pie at Knaus Berry Farm
Yes, we know that you line up for Knaus' sticky cinnamon rolls and eye-
7. Apple Pie at Caporal Chicken
Don't be embarrassed. We’ve all secretly ordered a McDonald’s apple pie with devious plans to eat one in the car, away from judging eyes. Your karma quickly plays out at the first bite, when the searing sugary inside bursts forth and burns your lips. The pain for the impatient also waits at Vincent
6. Blueberry Pecan Crunch Pie at Crackers Casual Dining
This kitschy Miami Springs spot is equal parts tiki hut and backcountry kitchen. But at its heart are the cakes and pies. Jo Mitnick arrives early to get a jump on at least three hours of baking. Her pink grapefruit cake is a tangy, sweet delight. The cookie dough cake and fried bread pudding bring customers back. But pies ($3.95 to $5.95 per slice) like the blueberry pecan crunch show that you don’t need to bomb people with sugar to sweeten 'em up. This one is all about the blueberries’ natural sugars, spiced up with roasted, candied pecans.
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