Whether it’s a plate of pancakes for dinner or the decadent dessert that helps you burn calories, you love a good dining paradox. Which is what makes H Street Corridor’s Sticky Rice so enticing. The swanky Pan-Asian resto-bar serves equal parts food and fun. The menu caters to carnivores (Whole Lotta Rib Dinner) and vegans (the Hot Hippy), against a backdrop of karaoke, DJs, and a trivia night with challenges and dares. The Japanese interior is likely to appeal to trendsters, but there’s plenty to please the loyal customers: Hit the pagoda bar on your birthday and you can bang the gong. Order food 30 days in a row, and they’ll name a roll after you. So you can have your cake and eat it, too. Sticky Rice, 1224 H Street NE, between 12th and 13th Streets (202-397-7655 or stickyricedc.com).