The History: You may be surprised to learn this, but this bright-yellow, tart and sweet dessert was created in middle of the 19th century. America’s introduction to this dessert gets credited to Elizabeth Coane Goodfellow, who started making and serving it in her Philadelphia shop. Though it’s not clear whether this pie came out of meshing fluffy meringue and lemon pudding together in a happy accident or was the result of careful consideration, over the years it’s remained a delicious and popular dish.
Where to Try: Though Hill Country Chicken has been in Manhattan for a while, recently they opened up in Brooklyn and part of that debut involved Hill Country Pie Kitchen. Lucky for us, they serve a perfect example of a classic lemon meringue pie that’s all fluffy, sweet, tangy and completely satisfying. You can stop in for a slice of this special - just make sure to check whether they are making it that day.
The Update: What better place to indulge in a new take on a classic dessert than at a newly opened eatery with an old-fashioned spirit? With that, we send you to the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco where their lemon meringue cake proves a real treat that combines the best of both worlds, pie and cake. It’s light, fresh, and for all intents and purposes, looks like a diner version of lemon meringue pie, but with a soft and airy cake as the base.