Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dangerously Delicious Pies - Food Truck

Our next stop on the food truck tour takes us to Dangerously Delicious Pies. The origins of this truck trace back to a pie shop in Baltimore founded by Rodney Henry over ten years ago. They have since branched out to DC, opening up shop in the up and coming H St. neighborhood.

Their rebel appearance is derived from Mr. Henry who opened the shop primarily to pay for the expenses he incurred while playing for a rock band he was in. Renowned for their culinary excellence in dishing out both sweet and savory pies this franchise has been awarded several accolades and media attention.

I was finally able to try them during and impromptu food truck gathering at Franklin Square a couple of weeks ago. Myself along with my sister and a coworker went to sample the wide variety of food trucks that I have yet to try.

I decided to get a slice of their renowned Baltimore Bomb while my sister got a slice of cherry.
The bomb consists of Berger cookies which were invented in Baltimore and a sweet vanilla chess filling. The Cherry pie which is an American staple and one of their most popular slices, especially in the summer. Once we finished our lunch we dug into them.

Upon taking my first bite the first thought that came into my mind and was accidently blurted out was "Wow, this is a FUCKING GOOD PIE". Pardon my French or lack of constraint in this instance but this was the singular thought that was embedded into my mind while I was devouring this delectable slice.

(Baltimore Bomb)

There is no way to describe the taste of this food orgasm, to me it tasted like a smore with some custard. Take my advice, this is a slice of pie that you must try before you die.

My sister was a bit unimpressed by her slice, she let me sample it to see if I would concur with her judgements. Sadly I would have to agree, while I am not the greatest fan of cherry pie I have had it at a number of local diners and would have to say that those are superior.

(Cherry Pie)

In the end we thoroughly enjoyed both the experience and the meal itself. The staff were very friendly in answering my numerous questions that helped provide the information for this post.

If you want a savory slice I would recommend the S.M.O.G. (steak, mushrooms, onions and gruyere) or the Pork BBQ. They also serve quiche from time to time, it was recently on Throwdown with Bobby Flay so it must meet up to it's hype.

Prices vary with sweet slices costing $6.50 and savory slices costing $7.50. They do take both cash and credit, the lines are not long and the service is fantastic. I highly recommend trying this truck. You can track their location by looking at their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I will be doing a separate post in the future dedicated to their store as they have different deals and more options. Look for it in the near future.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Restaurant Week 2.0 & Other Food News

I am pleased to inform you that Restaurant Week has been extended an extra week. Only a hand full of restaurants are complying with this so I would call the restaurant before hand to find out.

Last week I went to Bourbon Steak, Farmers and Fishers, and Bodega. All were good in their own way. I will be posting my review in the near future.

Lastly I would like to give you some quick news in the DC food scene. The latest issue of the Washingtonian Magazine lists the 100 Best Restaurants in DC, it is a must buy for any food lovers. The highest rated restaurant I have been to is #13 - Vidalia, I plan to try at least 3 top 10 places this year now that I have a constant stream of income.

I leaned through City Stream that Churchkey's Luther Burger was rated #1 on America's Top 10 New Sandwiches . I will make it my mission to try this burger ASAP, FYI I made this burger, you can look at it here.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DC Restaurant Week - January 17th-23rd

Gear up for one of the best weeks in DC. Restaurant week starts this week, you can click on the link here to see a list of participating restaurants. If this is your first restaurant week then I can give you a quick synopsis.

Participating restaurants offer a 3-course prix fixe meal. Dinners are $35.11 and lunches are $20.11. While all the restaurants on the list offer the former only a hand full offer the latter deal.

This is going to be my third year participating and I look forward to trying a couple of new places. My recommendations are Filomena Ristorante, Oya, and Fogo De Chao. Enjoy the week, try new things and have a great time.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Luther Burger

Opening the new year I decided to circumvent the traditional backstop of starting anew, mainly eating healthy as is observed in the USA and decided to try one the most unhealthiest burgers in America.

I invited a hand-full of friends over to try the infamous Luther Burger. The origins of this caloric catastrophe are debated time and time again, but what can be agreed upon is it's allure. It's rise to prominence is a recent phenomena due mainly to the intrigue and disgust that it raises.

Some see it as the culmination of American gluttony, others as an unbreakable impediment towards sliming up American's waistlines. I saw it as something new and interesting to try.

My first exposure to this was on CNN and later on a Food Network special. I looked up the recipe from various sources including Paula Dean and the St. Louis Baseball stadium that serves them. The recipe calls for krispy kreme doughnuts, ground beef, bacon and cheddar cheese. It took about an hour to make them from scratch. With each second that passed my anticipation to devour this devilish concoction grew exponentially.

The first bite I took was preceded with both fear and excitement. Once I dug in a wave of guilt hit me because I could not believe that it was deviously delightful. The sweetness of the caramelized sugar and savoriness of the bacon and cheese produced a flavor combination that is becoming increasingly popular.

The only other meal that reminds me of this is the bacon ice cream and waffles that I had at Restaurant 13, other than that I cannot fully explain what I experienced that night. I was also astonished that I felt fine after finishing it.

There are two ways that you can make it, you can cut the doughnut in half and sandwich it in between the burger or you can be adventurous and use two doughnuts. While I am adventurous I decided to pass on the latter and chose the former. My friends on the hand chose the latter and did not have any problem finishing off their burgers.

After all of this I can stand here and say that I will make these burgers in the future. The taste was very interesting and the experience was even better.