Unless you whip out your cell phone and start “Googling,” you never quite know if the truck you walked up to for lunch on a particular afternoon is a newbie ready to tantalize your tastebuds, or if it’s one of DC’s several “famous” trucks that have made national headlines for their quick yet gourmet dishes.
We’re here to help you out. Our feature titled “That Truck Grub is Famous,” which will give you facts about where that food your putting in your mouth has come from and where you might be able to learn more about the chefs behind the wheel (for some of them, it’s as easy as turning on your TV).
This week’s focus is on the sweet treats behind the counter of Dangerously Delicious Pies. The bright red truck adorned with a skull and crossbones catches the eye of many passers by, but few know the story of the chef behind the idea.
He’s called “the pie guy” and he has taken his passion for pies to your living room, competing on multiple shows on The Food Network. Rodney Henry was a runner up on season 9 of “Food Network Star,” a competitor on “Chopped,” and was featured on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”
A Baltimore native, Henry has taken his passion to the streets of DC in the last year, with a DC food truck and pie shops in Union Station, Chinatown and the H Street corridor. He says he lives his life with “piestyle,” adding that he only got into pie baking to pay for his expensive music habit. In addition to “making it big” on television, he was recently named “Best Baltimorean” by The Baltimore City Paper.