If you come to this sweet D-town spot expecting familiar flavors, you'll be delightfully disappointed. Hip Honey is refreshingly different. The eating experience is all about sampling by way of a seasonally changing menu of small plates meant to be shared. Meanwhile, the food is all about contrasts: hot and cold, crunchy and creamy, savory and, yes, sweet. Black tea–glazed spare ribs dusted with toasted sesame and salted pine nuts come with a small scoop of spicy ginger
ice cream. It all melts in your mouth and then gives you a hot little kick for good measure. The appetizer-size portions might range from a $4 exotic olive plate to $30 foie-gras sliders. Diners typically order two plates per person and then see if they want more. Drinks include all-Pennsylvania beers, all-American wines, and all-unexpected specialty cocktails. Even the desserts can be hot and spicy.