If I had to pick the number one menu item that reminds me of the beach, I would choose Key Lime Pie. Whenever we go on vacation I always order Key Lime Pie at each restaurant, so I can compare different versions of this favorite coastal dessert. (In fact, there was a time when I listed eating Key Lime Pie as one of my hobbies.)
My favorite version is the classic original recipe that I ate many years ago when I was in Key West with Mom. I jotted the recipe down on the back of the postcard I was carrying - as you can see, I've made this version many times.
The classic version uses a meringue topping instead of whipped cream. And it goes without saying that a real Key Lime Pie is never green!
And here's the front of the post card - what a great little pen & ink drawing with a colorful watercolor wash. Just looking at it makes me want to go back to Key West!