Lots of pies to get you through day


November 01, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Unique character Rodney Henry has opened a new pie hangout.

He closed his Fleet Street pie shop last April, moving his pie operation -- Dangerously Delicious Pies -- to a nonwalk-in warehouse in West Baltimore, while he looked for a new, larger shop location. He's found it in Federal Hill, on Light Street just down from Cross Street.

"It's got a really sweet pie counter, red walls, and it's a little classy," Henry says. Just check out the hardwood floors and a high tin ceiling.

Henry says there are two "giant" display cases and about six or seven tables. Service is provided both at the counter and at the table.

It's all pie, all the time. But before you think that Dangerously Delicious Pies is purely a dessert place, Henry says you could actually eat at DDP for every meal.

For breakfast, you could chow down on one of several quiches ($25 per whole pie, $5 per slice), including quiche Lorraine; ham and Swiss; broccoli and cheddar; and spinach and goat cheese.

For lunch and dinner, you could start out with one of the aforementioned quiches or tuck into one of about eight savory pies offered each day ($30 per whole pie, $5 per slice), including steak and chili; chicken; sausage, tomato and fennel; filet mignon; onion and gruyere cheese; Thai chicken; roasted pepper steak; or the daily "kitchen sink pie," into which Henry says the shop throws all the day's ingredients.

Finish off your meal with your choice from about 20 available sweet pies ($20-$25 per whole pie, $5 per slice), like cherry, apple, blackberry or his grandmother's "white trash creme brulee" pie. Dangerously Delicious Pies also offers a full coffee-and-espresso menu.

One of Henry's Fleet Street attractions was the live music offered on weekend nights. Former rock musician Henry is continuing that tradition at his Federal Hill hangout many Saturdays. But the music will be a little less hard-core than before.

"It's honky-tonk, bluegrass. I want to keep it kind of different from the old place. I don't want to drive [people] out."

You can find out what, and who, is coming up by checking out his Web site: dangerouspies.com.

Meanwhile, Henry's wholesale business continues out of the warehouse, as do many of his retail orders. Speaking of which, he's suggesting folks get their orders in soon for Thanksgiving pies. You have about 50 to choose from, and that's just on the sweet side.

Dangerously Delicious Pies, 410-522- 7437, is at 1036 Light St. It's open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to "at least" 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A taste for Mexican

You may have noticed a change at one eatery location in Mount Vernon. What was Dizzy Issie's No. 2 above Grand Central at Charles and Eager streets has become La Tijuana Cantina. Owner Don Davis, who also owns Grand Central, says he'd learned to love Mexican food while living in Southern California years ago. But trying to find decent Mexican food in Baltimore was almost impossible. So Davis decided to do it himself.

He says he offers all the classic dishes, from chimichangas to enchiladas to fajitas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas. And, he says, native Texan chef Paul Castro gets a lot of his ingredients -- like tortillas and tamales -- flown up fresh from Texas twice a week. For the faint of tongue, Davis also offers burgers, chicken sandwiches and steak. He says prices range from $3.95 to $14.95.

While Grand Central itself is known for attracting a gay clientele, Davis says La Tijuana Cantina, 410-752-3333, is geared toward a mixed crowd. It's at 103 N. Charles St. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.com or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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