Florida Foodways: A pie pilgrimage to Flora and Ella's Restaurant in LaBelle

Flora and Ella’s Restaurant

550 Highway 80 West, LaBelle, 863-675-2891

LaBelle is a small town in the vast green flatness between Ft. Myers and Lake Okeechobee. There are two reasons to go to LaBelle, Florida: You can check out the Swamp Cabbage festival once a year, complete with armadillo races and a rodeo, or you can go for Flora and Ella’s pie.

Pie is as American as, well, you know, and Flora and Ella’s Restaurant raises the flag high. The building and interior look shiny and new but the soul of the restaurant goes deep into Florida’s history. Manager Debbie Klemmer is a descendant of the founders and a jovial soul. As the day’s pies emerged from the kitchen, Debbie told me the story of Flora and Ella’s Restaurant.

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