It happened more recently to me. About a year ago somebody started talking about key lime pie. Key lime pie has always been one of my favorites, but that conversation began a nearly year-long quest to find the best key lime pie in the state.
What makes a great key lime pie? It takes a lot. It needs to have a good balance between the key lime custard and the whipped cream. It needs to have a good balance of tartness and sweetness (in my opinion too many key lime pies err on the side of sweetness, which ruins the key lime pie), with the best key lime pies having a tartness that gets you in your jaw. It needs to have a strong lime flavor, and it must have a great graham cracker crust.
As I tried each key lime pie over the past year, I scored them (from 1 to 10) based on tartness, flavor crust, appearance, and value, with the overall score being an average of those five categories. So based on that criteria, I present to you the best key lime pies in the state of Arizona. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, so if you have any pies that need to be included on this list, please comment below and let me know so I can check it out and score it based on the criteria below.
|Rock Springs Cafe|
|Fate Brewing Company|
#5: The Macintosh, Phoenix, AZ - This was the most unique key lime pie I had in my search. The cream came on the side, and the pie had good tartness, although it kind of tasted like a granny smith apple. It had a good amount of custard. But for value, the slice of pie was $10 which definitely knocked the score down a bit.
So there is the list so far. If you are in the Phoenix area and have other Key Lime Pies that are on the "Must Try" list, please leave me a comment or reach out to me to let me know. I will update this as I find more places that have this wonderful dessert. And as a caveat, I must say that the hands down winner is my wife's homemade key lime pie, made with limes from our backyard. But that is a way-too-biased opinion, so I felt it best to keep that one off the list. Plus, whenever she makes one I'm reluctant to share.