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Where to find the best pies in Miami

Sweet, savory, over-the-top or humble and homemade, the best pies in Miami satisfy on all occasions.

Eric Barton
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Eric Barton
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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.

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The best pies in Miami

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  • Midtown
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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.

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  • Bakeries
  • Allapattah
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It might surprise some to learn that among the best Key lime pies in the world come from the far southern reaches of Miami. A baker affectionately known as Miss Debbie (Sweet Delights owner Debbie Allen), makes 25 varieties of key lime pies, including mango, chocolate chip and piña colada. Despite all the national media attention declaring these Key lime pies the best anywhere, there’s still just one way to get one: schlepping your way down to Florida City.

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • North Miami
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The pizza pies here are something like sheet-pan style, square and fluffy, standing up proud and full of toppings like lamb with cumin labneh, and za’atar with caramelized onions and onyx pools of black garlic. But if you’d prefer to go sweet, any of Paradis’ gorgeous seasonal desserts—like calamansi (Philippine lime) curd pie or fermented banana cake—are sure to make a statement in your next holiday spread.

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  • Bakeries
  • Coral Gables
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Madruga is a much-loved institution in Coral Gables, serving things that are always as good as the last time you went, from breakfast sandwiches to well-spiced chicken empanadas. And the deep-dish apple pie is a marvel, a well of still-crisp apple slices tucked into bed under a crackly topping.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • South Beach
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Considering its reputation for a modern take on down-home Southern classics, it makes sense that Yardbird would also sling a good slice of pie. The menu includes a key lime with toasted mint meringue and raspberry sauce, but come back for the holidays, when you’ll find offerings like a brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie with candied pecans and molasses ginger cookies.

  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Wynwood
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Everybody knows Zak the Baker for sourdough, served at seemingly every single restaurant in the city and also a fine building block to a whole lot of sandwiches. While pies aren’t part of the regular menu, Zak bakes them up for holidays, including a Basque-like Shavuot chocolate caramel cheesecake and, for Thanksgiving, apple or chocolate caramel.

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7. Icebox Cafe

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Icebox Cafe has spread out from its South Beach location into Hallandale and the airport, thanks in large part to decadent desserts headlined by the pies including deep dish numbers like Key lime and a beautifully layered apple. 1855 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach

8. Fookem's Fabulous Key Lime Pies

During the pandemic, TV producer Joshua Abril pivoted to his passion and started selling Key lime pies made with a sea salt graham cracker crust. His pies took off, and he's now selling them under the name Fookem’s Fabulous Key Lime Pies, available for pickup, from a storefront and at restaurants around town including Sandbar Sports Grill and Barracuda Taphouse & Grill. Flavors of Fookem's pies range from the classic to mojito and a delicate pistachio.

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9. The Fudge Pie Co.

Classically trained chef Stacey Donayre spent years perfecting fudgy recipes so good she now ships her pies across the country. If it's your first, start with the classic chocolate fudge, then move on to the advanced lessons with the caramel nut chocolate chip, dulce de leche and pumpkin spice. 13920 SW 139th Ct

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  • Bakeries
  • South Beach
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What began in Miami as a temple to the Italian bakery turned into a local empire before expanding recently to New York and New Jersey. The simple baguette sandwiches and sweets are major draws here, but the selection of mini pies, or crostatina, filled with Nutella, apricot or raspberry jam, make for the perfect two-bite desserts after a big holiday meal.

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11. Chelle's Cutie Pies

Michelle Collins developed a specialty with a pie that might be new to many: Japanese white sweet potato pies. In addition to online orders, she's now spread out to selling her, as you'd guess, cute little pies in heart-shaped containers at the farmers’ markets in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.

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  • Markets and fairs
  • Redlands

Expect to wait a couple hours in line at this November-through-April roadside attraction that’s stood for a half-century. Many of those in the queue are here for the cinnamon rolls and milkshakes. But the pies—pecan, Key lime, guava, shoo fly, apple, blueberry, cherry—are well worth the trip to the outskirts of civilization.

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