There are two restaurants that will open next week: Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE and Ezme on Dupont Circle. Guitarist-cum-baker Rodney “The Pie Man” built DDP in Baltimore in 2003 when he realized that man has bills to pay. He turned to his boyhood hobby of baking pies, which turned into Dangerously Delicious Pies. Henry started with only seven varieties but, within a couple of years, expanded to more than 30, including a pulled-pork barbecue pie, a favorite of Baltimore City Paper in 2008. The H Street location will offer the same menu as the Baltimore original even though there are two different ownership groups. The rock ‘n’ roll/baked goods hell raisin’ starts, officially, on Friday, March 12.
Earlier next week, Harun and Yavuz Bolukbasi, the same brothers behind Meze in Adams Morgan, will open their latest venture, Ezme in Dupont Circle. The anagram-like name should tell you something about the restaurant’s concept: It’s Turkish/Mediterranean meze, just like at the brothers’ Adams Morgan spot.
The menus at both restaurants won’t vary much — unlike the brothers’ other new eatery, Bistro Cacao on Capitol Hill, which is very French country — but Ezme will do one thing that Meze doesn’t. It’ll offer tasting menus with wine pairings. It will, in other words, cater to the deeper pockets of Dupont rather than to the id-like aspirations of Adams Morgan.
Ezme officially opens on Wednesday, March 10.
Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1339 H St. NE, (202) 398-PIES