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Ten Best Key Lime Pies in the Florida Keys

A slice of heaven.
A slice of heaven.
Photo by Carina Ost

The key to happiness might be as simple as a slice of key lime pie. But pairing that sweet treat with a trip to the Keys is the proverbial cherry on top. The topping is actually a bit debated: whipped cream or meringue? As is the crust: graham cracker or pastry? Oh, and the color: yellow for Keys denizens, neon green for nonislanders.

Because key lime pie originated in the Keys -- although key limes no longer grow there (thanks, hurricanes!) -- nearly every eatery, shack, and shop at seemingly every mile marker claims to sell "the best" and "the original." Let's not get tangled in that web of origin. Instead, here's a simple countdown our ten favorite slices. Pucker up!

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A deceiving sign.
A deceiving sign.
Photo by Carina Ost

10. Key Lime Pie Factory

The first key lime pie was made in Key West, but not at this shop, which opened only a few years ago. However, the Key Lime Pie Factory's $5 slices are rich and creamy like cheesecake, making them a solid contender. The shop is located in the heart of tourist central, so it's convenient and leads everyone to think it's the original spot, thanks to the misleading sign. It stocks a seemingly endless supply of all things key lime -- from extracts to cookies to slices on a stick dipped in chocolate.

A wedge on top.
A wedge on top.
Photo by Hobo's Café

9. Hobo's Café

Hobos may not conjure up images of luxurious and decadent desserts, but Hobo's Café in Key Largo will make you change your mind. Real key limes are used in the fillings, a crisp graham cracker crust lies on the bottom, and it's decorated with just the right amount of whipped cream on top of each slice ($4.50). Sometimes the slices come with a green candy foot or sandal candy or a lime wedge on top. It's the ultimate Hobo stamp of approval.



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