When it comes to Pi Day, it’s all about finding strength in numbers. Finding a spot to celebrate Pi Day is, unfortunately, not as easy as pie. Only 16 states have official state desserts or pies: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Of those 16, only eight states have laid claim to traditional state pie pies. Massachusetts has declared Boston cream pie its state pie, but technically speaking according to the American Pie Council, Boston cream pie is a cake, not a pie (sorry). Louisiana has a state meat pie, natchitoches meat pie, but we’d like to argue that meat pies are a completely different breed of pie. Maine clearly has a thing for pies and it must have a sweet tooth because it has both a state dessert (blueberry pie) and a state treat (whoopie pie). Delaware called dibs on peach custard pie. Illinois owns pumpkin pie and Indiana has sugar cream pie. Both Oklahoma and Texas seem to lay claim to pecan pie and apparently, Vermont has owns sole bragging rights to America’s favorite pie, the apple pie.
You might think that we’d automatically default to crowning Vermont as the clear place to celebrate pie day, but you’d be wrong. Pi Day, as everyone knows, is celebrated on March 14, each year. March is definitely not apple season plus it’s way too cold in Maine right now. (Last we checked, the forecast for Augusta today called for a high of 29 degrees Fahrenheit combined with heavy snow and wind. Brrr…) This is why we decided to crown Florida as the ideal place to celebrate Pi Day. Today’s forecast in Key West (the home of key lime pie) is a lovely 75 degrees.
So now that we’ve crowned the sunshine state the perfect place to celebrate pie day, we wanted to rattle off four amazing restaurants in Florida that offer serious sweet courses.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate Pi Day on March 14, with traditional fruit pies like apple, blueberry or cherry or with hefty hand pies in flavors like shepherd’s pie P is for Pie Bake Shop in Orlando has it all. (Let’s face it, when your website URL is http://crazyforpies.com/ you know they mean business.) P for Pies also tops our list not just because of the dizzying amount of flavors of pies it has, but because of the vast array of sizes you can snag. If a traditional nine inch pie is just too much to handle, you can walk out the door tomorrow with one of their pie pops or a cutie pie.
Pie makes everybody happy, so you’re certain to see plenty of smiling faces crowded around the counter at Se7en Bites. You’ll need a full tank of gas if you’re planning on tackling Mickey Mouse with the kids, so Se7en Bites’ signature salted caramel dark chocolate pecan pie and its excellent lavender cappuccino ought to fit the bill.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With a runaway favorite like key lime pie, it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with perfection. We’re mighty glad the folks at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe tweaked Key West’s biggest import and made it even better than the original. Kermit’s pops a slice of its decadent key lime pie on a popsicle stick, hand dips it in Belgian style chocolate and then freezes it to create what they call, “…the most delectable confection known to man.”
Speaking of perfection, look at those wispy poofs of meringue above. Aren’t they dreamy? They’re the work of the amazingly talented bakers at Blue Heaven in Key West. Tart and tangy with a perfectly browned meringue top. If you’re in need of a dose of Key West’s classic, Blue Heaven is hard to beat.
It would probably be a whole lot healthier if you stayed away from pie tomorrow, but we think you’ll agree that celebrating 3.14 necessitates indulging in at least one sugary bite. Hopefully the spots we recommended up above help point you in the right direction.
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