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Dangerously Delicious Pies Closes Outpost in Union Station due to Coming Construction

by Prince Of Petworth June 3, 2014 at 10:25 am 38 Comments

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Dangerously Delicous Pies opened their Union Station outpost almost exactly two years ago in June 2012 in the old Vacaro’s spot in the food court. In the forum a reader asks:

“It’s been a frustrating day, so I went to Union Station to drown my sorrows in pie and the counter is empty! Not just devoid of pie, but the cash register is gone too – does anyone know what happened?”

Owner Sandra Basanti responds via email:

“We just closed last week as they begin renovations and begin replacing the escalator, which is currently shut down, that ran directly in from of our spot in the food court. There is some major construction going on in that wing. We had so many lovely regulars visit us that have reached out and we are sad to not be able to serve them every week but we hope to be invited back to serve pies at union station perhaps after renovations or in a new spot.”

Dangerously Delicious Pies’ original DC space is located at 1339 H St, NE. You can see their menu here. And in Feb. 2012 they opened up a spot in Chinatown at 901 7th Street, NW.

  • anon

    bring back the union station movie theater!

    • Anon

      I think that you are the only person I have ever heard voice that sentiment.

      • AG

        I’d love to have a movie theater there again!…but only cuz it’d be super convenient for more me. Of course I don’t miss the cruddy/creepy-ness, but it was nice to be able to walk to the movies.

        • brookland_rez

          I agree. I liked being able to walk to that theater. If they could bring it back and run it right, then it would probably do well. Of course with all the new theaters opening nearby in Union Market, it might be unnecessary.

      • textdoc

        Anon 10:51 am — Actual LOL. :)

  • J

    Random question. When I first moved to DC, I lived relatively close to Union Station and really enjoyed the convenience of food options, shopping, etc. As I got to know other areas in the city better and moved to other areas of the city, I essentially stopped going to Union Station except for transit and travel. But now, I know many of the food options have been upgraded and the building itself always has been beautiful (and will be even more so when construction is done) — Do Popville citizens find themselves going to Union Station for reasons other than transit/travel and family in town, or lunch lunch options for nearby workers? E.g., do folks find themselves there on a Saturday/Sunday as a starting point to walk around the city?

    • I generally only go to Union Station (for reasons other than Metro access) when I’m hungover and I want a chicken biscuit from Bojangles.

      • brookland_rez

        North Carolina comfort food? ;)

        • Yep, pretty much. Plus the combination of spice and grease just works perfectly on those rough mornings :)

    • AG

      I live nearby and shop there occasionally. The VS, Ann Taylor, and now Francesca’s and H&M save me trips to Chinatown/Metro Center, and I love that I can just swing by there after work

      • h st ll

        +1

      • Anonymous

        Same here. I also go there to buy Nehaus chocolate for gifts.

    • Anonymous

      I live nearby, and regularly pop in for this or that. I sometimes grab a drink at Center Cafe, or some Indian grub from Aditi. And I occasionally shop the retail too.

    • PG

      I used to buy bread there regularly, but the Lyon Bakery stand isn’t there this year. :(

    • Alan

      I go to Fantom Comics, but that’s about it.

      I bought some pretty cool shaving cream from Art of Shaving once.

      Unfortunately, I only got to go to Yo Sushi once before it closed.

      I feel like the tracks cut Union Station off from the neighborhood. Depending on where you’re coming from, you have to walk pretty far out of your way to get to the front entrance. Walking to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge to get to the rear entrance isn’t much fun (and anything you probably want to patronize is a few floors down from there).

      I don’t feel like it was designed as a neighborhood retail destination. More like a “I’m catching a train, so let me grab a bite to eat” destination.

      I wonder how H&M is faring?

      • Anonymous

        I really like the H&M; it’s so neat and quiet and uncrowded compared to the other locations!

      • FYI Fantom is moving (I think to Dupont)

        • Alan

          Noooooooo!

          Did they say why? Was the neighborhood not supporting enough? There always seems to be foot traffic. Sigh.

  • AG

    I feel like a weirdo, but I’ve never really been a huge fan of their pies. The fillings were ok to meh, and the crust just tasted like nothing. Everyone I know seems to rave about them, so maybe it’s just me.

    • Anonymous

      they are neither dangerous, nor delicious. just average.

    • Anonymous

      You are not alone. I’ve been to the H St. NE location several times, and as much as I want to love their pies, I always leave disappointed.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you, like me, grew up with delicious homemade crust, because I totally agree with you on the tasty filling, blah crust.

      • +1 I generally like the fillings, but the crusts there always ruin the pies for me.

        • Anonymous

          they use mostly shortening not butter in their crusts so they lack a lot of flavor, their filling also stray far from what is seasonal

    • elly2

      Me too, and the price was never worth the amount you got. I was much more fond of Pie Sisters in Georgetown, although their crust still wasn’t quite right for me – but the fillings were great.

      • Anonymous

        I love Pie Sisters. Their Key Lime is the best.

        • Rich

          Pie Sisters—Mediocre stuff serviced up with attitude. DD is quite good, except for the crust.

    • anon

      Prices could be cheaper, but I’ve enjoyed every pie I’ve gotten from there. The greens included with the savory pies is pretty good as well.

    • Truxton Thomas

      We got a whole ratatouille pie and really enjoyed it. It basically fed my wife and me for an entire weekend. Loved it and will be back for more.

    • Alan

      I like their pies.

      And the crust.

      • Anon

        Agreed, I like their pies a lot. The chicken pot pie is the best I’ve had, hands down. And I always enjoy the blackberry or mixed berry sweet pies.

        • Alan

          Full disclosure: the chicken pot pie is the basically the only savory pie I order now.

          Love several of the sweet pies, though.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, and when I said so on Yelp I got a super bitchy email from them. So in my humble opinion, they are mediocre piemakers and a-holes to boot.

    • Anonymous

      I love their peanut butter chocolate filling, but loathe their crust.

  • Thanks for the support! I’m sorry to hear some people were disappointed in their pies. We do work incredibly hard to make a crust by hand, from scratch with no giant mixers, just like grandma used to make. We shop at local farmers markets and use local produce as much as possible to provide the highest quality and to support our local farmers. We are proud of what we do and we are very humbled by the support. Thanks again!

    • Alan

      If you come back to Union Station, please work to cross-market the stores. I’m a loyal H Street customer and I didn’t even know your Union Station location existed. Maybe some sort of pie treasure hunt where you have to get clues from each store? Ha.

      • Sandra

        Absolutely! That sounds awesome!

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t know of the union station location either!

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