Our city is currently under siege by a few different food trends. The cupcake epidemic shows no signs of yielding, and has been in full force for a while. The fro-yo and now gelato phase is also at full steam ahead. Of course, let us not forget wine bars, which outside of downtown will soon have a saturation level greater than Starbucks.
What does H Street get? A pie shop. Now, everyone loves pie, I'm not going to dispute that. Pie is great. I love me some Perkins and French Silk from Bakers Square is the shit. Yeah, chain restaurants that don't exist in the mid-Atlantic. But anyhow, after perusing the Yelp reviews for the location in Baltimore, this place sounds worse than cupcakes.
Looks like what you'll get is a slice of pie on a paper plate served with a plastic fork. The server will kindly microwave it for you. It'll cost about $6 for a small slice. A whole pie ranges $25-35. Hell, for $3.50 or whatever I can at least get a pretty looking cupcake. $6 for a crappy piece of pie? No way dude. I can get another glass of wine at the wine bar down the street for that price.
H Street is interesting in that it has all this bizarre stuff that likely couldn't survive anywhere else. It's an incubator for these things because of the (I assume) lower rents. I dig some of the places, but I mean what, now you can head over, get your tater tots and sushi at Sticky Rice, play a round of hipster mini golf, and then get a slice of pie? It's like someone on acid tried to recreate their memories of Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach.
It's still a pain in the ass for most people to get over there (come on, most yuppies won't ride the X2. Hell, I don't even like riding on the X2 and I ride the bus all the time), and virtually none of these establishments cater to the neighborhood. You really think there will be a lot of people from "Capitol Hill North" or Trinidad lining up for $35 rock and roll pies? You've got to be kidding me. Maybe right after they have some Belgian beer with their 'moules and frites' over at Granville Moore's.
I'll take a Perkins over more of this crap. Too bad the diner that was being installed over there is having so many problems.
Update: There's still no word on when Smash Mouth Skee-Ball will open in Mt. Pleasant