As a teenager, Derek Kaplan started hawking pies on the street as a side hustle. After playing college football, he continued baking sweets while working as a Miami firefighter. He opened his first Fireman Derek’s shop in Wynwood in 2013, and it’s now one of three across South Florida. While that story might be charming, what’s made Kaplan successful is that his pies are both unimpeachable representations of the classics and also never-before-invented creations, from an apple pie with a perfect crumbly topping to a gooey salted caramel over an oatmeal crust.
There are a few simple truths about Miami that seem to never change, like the fact that nobody is ever on time to anything, and pretty much every person you pass on the street is in better shape than you are. And, despite the tight glute status of this city, we’re also absolutely obsessed with desserts. This is, after all, the state that invented the tartest sweet of them all, the Key lime pie.
When what you need after a meal, or heck, right in the middle of the afternoon, is a slice of something sweet, the good news is Miami is home to many excellent purveyors of all things pie. Especially around the holidays, knowing where to find them is key. However you define the perfect slice—sweet, savory, over-the-top or humble and homemade—these are the very best pies in Miami.