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Paneer Cheese

I have, the cheese monger there doesn't carry it, neither does the Yes! Market around the corner. Thanks for the suggestion though!

Paneer Cheese

Does anyone know where I can buy paneer cheese other than Whole Foods in the Capitol Hill area?

Good breakfast sandwiches in DC?

I surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but don't sleep on the breakfast sandwiches at Mangialardo's right near the Potomac Ave Metro.

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Mangialardo & Sons
1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Speakeasy / Hidden Bars?

I'm a big fan of Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Heart's Club. You're not going to get the high quality mixology that you would find at PX and it's not really Metro accessible, but it's worth the trip. The place is completely unmarked except for the funky looking metalwork sun thing above the door, it's located at 1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE. I would advise taking a cab if you're not familiar with the area.

http://hillratdc.blogspot.com/2009/03...

Crabs in Baltimore - HELP!

I love LP Steamers; their crabs aren't local, but they are prepared very well and they have $6 pitchers.

Inexpensive lunch NEAR (not at) Union Station

I have to recommend Taqueria Nacionale (behind Johnny's Half Shell) even though they only have seating for about 8-10 people at an outside table.

Sticky Rice

Here's my blog post in its entirety for the benefit of the Chowhound community. Original can be found at: http://hillratdc.blogspot.com/2008/05...

-HR

Swiss Family Rat made their first trip to Sticky Rice for the 5pm seating on Saturday. The place is beautiful, the staff was awesome, and the food was as good as I had hoped it would be.

Sticky Rice is only about four blocks from the Rat's Nest, so we threw BabyRat in the stroller and I enjoyed a PBR on the walk there. We arrived at about five minutes after Five o'clock and there was a crowd of people waiting on the sidewalk to get in the place. We had a brief wait chatting with other folks that were as excited to welcome Sticky Rice to the neighborhood as we were.

We finally made our way to the door and they asked for the size of our party, which surprised me a little bit because it was supposed a soft opening for folks that had reservations. After giving our name, they found us in their reservation system and we were ushered to a table upstairs.

One of my concerns as a parent who still likes to eat out is not being one of "those families" that has a screaming kid or small tornado of toys spilling everywhere. I nervously asked the table next to us if our stroller between the tables would be a problem, they were extremely gracious and greeted us with a smile so I knew everything would be cool. This brings me to my first kudos for Sticky Rice. Unlike many restaurants in DC (especially those located in rowhouses) they didn't have the tables practically on top of each other. There was plenty of room between tables so you couldn't hear anyone else's dinner conversation and if someone had to get up from their table you don't wind up with a face full of ass. They may decide later on that they can squeeze in another couple of tables, but for now the place is mad comfortable.

Within a minute or two of sitting down our server, Amy, came over, introduced herself, took our drink order (of course I had the double-duece of Sapporo) and got the meal started. Amy seemed to have a pretty good grip on the menu considering it was only their second night open and was able to make some recommendations and provide all the extra information we needed. We ended up getting edamame (natch), shitake happens, some sort of fried mushroom thing, potstickers, sticky balls, Szechuan shrimp, the fantabulous roll, and a side of rice for BabyRat.

The food was slow in coming out, but we expected that so it was no big deal. You can't go to a place where they just sat 40-50 people at one time, on their second night open, in a new kitchen and expect that the pace of the meal is going to be perfect. BabyRat and I wandered around the restaurant a bit while we were waiting, saw the back deck, ran into some folks we knew, checked out the bathrooms, and by the time we got back Amy had brought out BabyRat's rice.

I don't know if Amy worked at a family oriented joint or has kids or comes from a family of 10 or is just well-trained in the art of waiting tables; but after that she could do no wrong as far we were concerned. That kind of attention to a small detail told us that kids are welcome at Sticky Rice and not merely tolerated. If you somehow read this Amy, thanks again!! Your wonderful service really made our night!!

Over the next hour or so, the various dishes we had ordered came out in fits and starts; but rather than taking away from the meal it added to it, because we had the opportunity to concentrate on each dish as it came out. There was almost a fist fight at our table over the super flavorful mushrooms in the Shitake Happens, which were the first thing that came out after the rice. The potstickes were too spicy for the wife and kid, so I got to eat most of those myself.

The highlight of the meal was the Sticky Balls. BabyRat was licking the flying fish roe of the outside before taking a bite of the crunchy, fried, seafood-filled goodness. WifeRat felt guilty for chowing down on one of "my" dishes, probably because she didn't want to share her Szechuan shrimp. Speaking of which, you may want to note that even thought the Szechuan shrimp is listed with the noodles dishes, it's served with rice unless you ask for something different. The fantabulous roll lived up to its name and was super tasty; fresh crab, cream cheese, and tuna, what's not to like?

We were still waiting for our fried mushrooms when Eric (one of the managers) came over and sat down to apologize for not letting the staff know they had been 86'd for the night. Two cool points for Eric because he didn't make his staff take the heat for a mistake he made by not taking the item out of the POS for the night. It was extra cool because he bought my second beer and I was pretty full anyway and BabyRat was getting a little restless too, so it worked out pretty well for everyone.

My only complaint is that I was subjected to Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" on the stereo. I don't give a fuck what kind of post-modern irony you're going for, you miss when you start playing Billy Joel. I'm convinced that when I go to Hell I will be forced to listen to an iPod loaded with Billy Joel, Meatloaf, and "Sweet Caroline" for all eternity. Just say no to Billy Joel, seriously folks.

Sticky Rice

I have a spot at the 5pm Saturday seating, I'll be sure to report my findings.

Lunch near (but not at) the Mandarin Oriental

@krenee

It depends on your definition of "good", if you're comparing it to CityZen then no it's not good; but relative to McDonald's and the other drab offerings at L'Enfant plaza it's pretty good.

the philly cheesesteak (not in philly)

Ahh, I just got done eating a "Roman" from Al's, quite tasty.