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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Tondagossa


1339 H Street, NE
Washington D.C. 20002

Around 9 pm last night on the way to see the newly released Clash of the Titans, a conversation struck in the car.  The word apparently got out that there is a new place in DC that sells pies until 3 am.  Curious.  Trying to seem casual, I asked my friend, “So um… you feel like checking out that ‘pie place’ later?”  “Well, they are open until 3 am,” was his response.  So began the hunt for a late night snack – the search for Dangerously Delicious Pies.

Our journey took us to the constantly-in-construction portion of H Street, 1300 block, Northeast DC.  We noticed a pirate-esque banner above the door which sported a “pie n’ crossbones”, as if to say, “Avast, me mateys.  Hop aboard and set sails for adventure with pies.  Yarr!”  I like their style already.  Upon entering, we were greeted by the friendly people behind the counter and met with an ambiance that resembles a lounge.  Low lighting, walls lined with art, rock music, and a bar-style seating arrangement with a few small tables completed the underground feel of this place.  And maybe I’m going too far by saying it’s not mainstream.  Afterall, they have been in the business of making these treats at their Baltimore location for about 10 years now.

History aside, this location is new to us as of yesterday.  So what makes it so special?  Their specialty is pies, as you know of course.  But we’re not talking about just blueberry and apple pies here.  Oh no, my friends.  They do sweet and savory pies, and they do them well.  Their menu hits those two aforementioned classics, but it also delves into slightly more exotic territory.  SMOG anyone?  That’s a steak, mushroom, onion and Gruyere pie.  Or how about a quiche in the variety of spinach and goat cheese?  Their list is extensive, with about 40 different kinds of pies to choose.  I had my heart set on dear sweet, or savory in this case, SMOG.

They rotate their selections and serve eight different pies per day.  By the time my friend and I arrived, they were all out of SMOG.  My heart broke in three places.  But I managed to push on, ordering the spinach with goat cheese – slightly tangy and mildly eggy on a perfectly flakey crust.  It made me forget about SMOG, at least for a little while, and was definitely an experience for fans of savory foods such as myself.  After my friend and I quickly scarfed down our pies, we were tempted to try the BBQ pulled pork pie.  And boy were we glad to give in to that temptation.  It’s full on comfort food at its best – not your momma’s pot pie, but it will remind you of it.  The barbeque pulled pork inside was rich and full of flavor, with a slight vinegar tanginess, not too salty.  That slice was a meal and an instant favorite.  So far, I find what I love most of all about their savory pies is how well the crust complements the fillings, in texture and flavor.

Sure enough, the allure of the 100% handmade pies, the variety, the friendly staff and ambiance have all drawn me in.  As I left, the pies whispered to me, “Will you ever come back to see us again?”  Sure thing.  See you real soon – all of you.


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