Key West – the United States’ southernmost point – is well-known to mainlanders for excessive amounts of bars, seafood, and a dessert that is nearly impossible to replicate: Key lime pie.
Earlier this month, I had the esteemed pleasure of taking a long weekend down way way south and indulge in all three of those famous attractions. More than the traditional pie, however, it was the different variations of it that sparked my curiosity.
Banana Café on Duval Street – a French restaurant that offers breakfast until 3 p.m. – has one of those tasty variations: Key lime pie crepes. They’re made with real key lime pie filling and topped with whipped crème, powdered sugar and a piece of lime. Basically, everything you love about Key Lime pie in a crepe. (In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what a “crepe” is, take a lookie here…)
If Key Lime pie isn’t your thing, never fear. The Banana Café also makes at least a dozen other crepes, including both breakfast and dessert variations. Trust me, this place is definitely worth a second visit. I had breakfast there two days in a row.
Back here on the mainland while we’re still trying so hard to perfect the traditional pie, those Key Westerners are having fun making new treats with an old tradition. A few I discovered on my trip were Key lime ice cream, chocolate-dipped key lime pie, and key lime martinis.
Got an original key lime recipe or idea? Share with the group in the comments.