Eating My Way Around the Nation’s Capital (Part 1)

Guest post by Hailey Apter.

I took a trip sans Dave to Washington, DC last weekend to visit friends. Throughout the weekend, I got a chance to sample food at some great local restaurants and hot spots.

Restaurant: Dangerously Delicious Pies – 1339 H Street N.E., Washington, DC

After a delicious home-cooked meal by my favorite Greek hostess Alyssa, we headed to Dangerously Delicious Pies for a midnight indulgence. They serve sweet pies, savory pies, and quiche.

The outside of the restaurant looks almost like a tattoo parlor, which makes sense when you look at the logo, which is written in a common tattoo font with a skull and crossbones under an image of a pie. Inside the small restaurant, the menu hangs on the wall. Each flavor is listed on a separate mini-chalkboard, and the chalkboards are removed when the flavor sells out.

Dangerously Delicious Pies Baltimore Bomb

Baltimore Bomb

Alyssa and I tried two sweet pies:

  • Baltimore Bomb with Whipped Cream: Loaded with Berger Cookies (a Baltimore specialty) that melt down and swirl into a sweet vanilla chess filling
  • Cherry Crumb with Vanilla Ice Cream: Fresh, sour cherries with a crunchy topping of oats, brown sugar and butter

When I heard that the Baltimore Bomb was the top seller, I knew I had to have it. Berger cookies are cake-like cookies with a thick, fudge icing. When baked into the warm, buttery pie crust, they became soft, rich, and fluffy. The whipped cream was a perfect complement, but I wish I had more, because it melted quickly on the warm slice of pie.

Dangerously Delicious Pies Cherry Crumb

Cherry Crumb

I also sampled Alyssa’s Cherry Crumb with vanilla ice cream. The crumble on top was a highlight, and the vanilla ice cream balanced out the sour cherries perfectly. These three ingredients made for an extremely flavorful – and dare I say dangerously delicious – slice of pie.

Verdict

At $7 a slice (if you include ice cream or whipped cream), these pies were totally worth it. I would hit up this spot again in a second next time I’m in DC, for more sweet pies, as well as savory. BBQ Pork and Steak Mushroom Onion Gruyere sound to-die-for.

Dangerously Delicious Pies on Urbanspoon

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Restaurant: Tortilla Café – 210 7th St SE, Washington, DC

Saturday afternoon we stumbled upon what appeared to be a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place, but turned out to be an extremely popular little restaurant that has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Tortilla Café Pupusa

Pupusa

The interior was tiny and looked a lot like a fast food restaurant. They were very proud of their appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives as well as press they’ve received, as articles were prominently featured on the walls.

While Tortilla Café has numerous house specials, the pupusa and tamale appetizers were starred on the menu. They were the clear stand outs of this meal.

  • Pupusa: Handmade corn tortilla filled with cheese
  • Tamale: Corn dough cakes filled with seasoned chicken with pico de gallo
Tortilla Café Tamale

Tamale

The pupusa came out warm and bursting with cheese. Every bite featured the taste of the thick corn tortilla and soft, melted cheese. The tamale was perfectly cooked and included very flavorful chicken, as well as olives and chickpeas, which were a delightful surprise.

Verdict

If you’re in the Eastern Market area and want a delicious, quick, inexpensive meal, this is a great option. Main courses here come with two sides for a total of around $8.50. For the amount you get and the quality of the delicious, well-seasoned food, this was a great value!

Tortilla Cafe on Urbanspoon

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2 thoughts on “Eating My Way Around the Nation’s Capital (Part 1)

  1. Awesome. Been wanting to explore the H Street area. I lived in D.C. for 5 years and never recall hearing about Berger cookies. Now I’m curious!

  2. Tamales?! What a great filling combo. Growing up in cali i learned hole in the wall mexican places are often the best, glad you found one in DC

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