As a child, many a muggy, summer evening was spent on the porch of my upstate New York home, sharing a piece of warm cherry pie with my dad while watching bright zigzags of heat lightening flicker across the sky.
It’s no surprise, then, that on a recent trip to Washington D.C., I found myself sliding onto a barstool at Dangerously Delicious Pies D.C., the second outpost of the Baltimore-based creation by pie man/rocker Rodney Henry.
The shop, which opened on H-Street in early April, is a worthwhile addition to a casual weekend getaway or a serious, food-focused road trip—look for the bright red rocking chair outside the unassuming DDPDC and rock n’ roll photos on the two-toned red and black walls, and two tall pie safes stand like sentries flanking the counter, inside.
The Saturday menu listed some tempting options (sausage/ tomato/ fennel, pork barbecue—lemon and pecan and chocolate—oh my!), but it was all over when I sighted the strawberry cream: A perfectly pink, whipped concoction sitting prettily behind the glass like a discarded ‘80’s prom dress.
The strawberries tasted fresh from the field (they might have been, since DDPDC sources many ingredients from local farmer’s markets), and the golden, buttery (lard-free) crust packed the perfect crunch.
I would have been happy to leave it at that, having attained pie perfection so early on in my quest, but there was more to try: a surprisingly airy spinach and goat cheese quiche; the delicate sweetness of in-season fruit in a blueberry mini-pie; and the Baltimore Bomb, DDPDC’s flagship chess pie made with Baltimore Berger cookies (fudge-covered vanilla cookies) and a dollop of vinegar, which tastes like chocolate crème brûlée in a piecrust.
DDP was gearing up for Sunday night, when the crowds pack in for live country and blues. For me, pie has always been comforting, homey, and sentimental. Now it’s also rock n’ roll. Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1339 H Street, NE Washington D.C.; 202/398-7437.
Nina Fedrizzi is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.