But what makes a good pie better than the rest? First, the crust; it should be rich and smooth on the inside, and flaky on the outside, with just a touch of doughy chew. Ideally, it can hold the weight of syrup-laden fruit or heavy creams and custards. Second, the filling, what should never be too sweet and cloying, too dry, or too dense. Neither should it be gummy, rubbery, or the texture of
These are the criteria by which we've selected the best pies Broward and Palm Beach County have to offer. Whether you prefer pumpkin or apple, chocolate cream or Key lime, there's a sweet dessert here for you.
9. Lemon Meringue from Lester's Diner
250 W. State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5641.
There are so many different types of pie, but cream pies — a diner standard — could be in a category of their own. It's not about flakiness or fruitiness with these babies. Instead, it's just about decadence. If you're looking for a spot that specializes in this breed of pie, look no further than Lester's Diner in Fort Lauderdale, where you can find everything from banana, chocolate, and coconut cream to a beautiful
8. Key Lime Pie from Bob Roth's New River Groves
5660 Griffin Rd., Davie. Call 954-581-8630, or visit NewRiverGroves.com.
Though the folks at the shop bake other pies, this classic South Florida staple is one that's been around since 1964. Although we can't speak to the real-world measure of fame afforded to Terry's Famous pies, it's fair to say they enjoy a steady following. This classic version of Florida's official state pie is tart and creamy with a crumbly graham crust. Though the whipped topping — instead of meringue — may make some purists balk, it's hard to argue that this isn't one delicious slice of Sunshine State nostalgia. The best part of the appeal of a Terry's pie is the weekend afternoon trip out to Davie to the Old Florida roadside fruit stand to pick one up.
7. Raw Vegan Pie From Jugofresh
Whole Foods Market (Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale). Call 786-472-2552, or visit jugofresh.com.
With butter-based pastry crust and sugar-laden cream and fruit fillings, pies aren't exactly bastions of nutrition, but raw vegan pies can be. This holiday season, Miami-based Jugofresh is once again offering its specialty raw pies in flavors like pumpkin, chocolate chip derby, and key lime. The raw key lime pie features a green boost from a chlorella dusting, along with fresh lime, agave, avocado, vanilla extract, gray sea salt, and coconut oil. Likewise, the raw chocolate chickpea cookie dough derby pie with raspberry coulis includes cashews, coconut
6. Storkberry Pie from Stork's Bakery & Coffee House
2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors. Call 954-567-3220, or visit storksbakery.com.
Jim Stork is the man behind Stork's Bakery & Coffee House in Wilton Manors, a combination café, coffeehouse, and bakery that's open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites 365 days a year. Of all the fare, dessert is not a course to be missed here: the bakery turns out some sinfully delicious cakes, tortes, cookies, cheesecakes, and — of course — pie. The eponymous Storkberry pie created by pastry chef Jerry Pond is a house blend of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and strawberries cradled in a sinfully rich oatmeal crust.