By Nancy Foster
Azure skies, sandy beaches and magical theme parks may be the Sunshine State’s most well known attributes, but there’s a Florida dessert that has also made this state famous. Key Lime Pie is so iconic that in July of 2006, it was proclaimed the official pie of the State of Florida.
The delicious sweet/tart dessert actually reaches back to seafaring days when limes were frequently used aboard ships to prevent scurvy. Today’s traditional Key Lime Pie is made from key lime juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk served in a graham cracker crust with a meringue topping. The ingredients are basic enough, but most chefs add their own creative twist, and diners can’t seem to get enough of this perfect pie. Here are a few places to get your pie fix in Clearwater Beach.
PALM PAVILION BAR AND GRILL
This popular beachside restaurant has been serving up fabulous fare and drinks since 1926. Opt for inside dining or on the deck fronting beautiful Clearwater Beach. Fill up on fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood and enjoy a tropical drink or two, but save room for a slice of the Palm’s Key Lime Pie. Their version is served up with whipped cream, raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries. Smooth and creamy with a delectable tangy taste, it’s the perfect ending to a perfect meal. palmpavilion.com
ISLAND WAY GRILL
Travel just a mile from Clearwater Beach to this trendy resort-casual restaurant, legendary for good food. With marina views and an extensive menu highlighted by freshly caught seafood, it’s no wonder locals and visitors keep returning. And their heavenly Key Lime Pie is especially sought-after. The light and airy filling is mounded high on a sweet crumb crust and garnished with a sliver of fresh lime. Fork into sheer decadence and enjoy every morsel. islandwaygrill.com
Discover this award-winning restaurant inside the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Best known for its “Caribbean Meets Southwest” culinary creations, excellent wine pairings and impeccable service, expect a superb dining experience. Cap the meal with a slab of light-as-a-feather Key Lime Pie embellished with a creamy topping and fresh berry sauce. It will be love at first bite! sheratonsandkey.com
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