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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Luscious Key Lime Pie at Hot Tin Roof Key West

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I’ve had my share of Key lime pie; it’s the quintessential Florida Keys dessert. The luscious version at Hot Tin Roof Restaurant in Key West just shot to the top of my short list of favorites. I was hooked at first bite. Executive chef Brendan Mica has mastered the delicate balance between sweet and tart in a smooth creamy filling. No small feat! In a creative twist, crushed cashews add a light crunch and a nutty flavor to the graham cracker crust. For a topping, he’s solidly in the whipped cream camp (as opposed to meringue) with a light layer spread atop the generous slice. Even the presentation impresses with a dusting of cinnamon in the shape of a palm tree on the plate. Dining alfresco on their patio only adds to the experience. The sounds of Jimmy Buffett classics waft up from the band on Sunset Pier, as boats ply the aquamarine waters in the harbor. Perfect Key lime pie with a view? Who could ask for anything more?

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