Okay - title post is cheesy, I admit it...but I am still a little giddy over the most recent addition to neighborhood spots in in Mt Airy that we can walk to. Located in the former Bitar's space on Germantown Ave, The Wine Thief officially opened for business last night, and we were there with what seemed like the rest of the neighborhood! The interior layout hasn't really changed much from its previous incarnation, with the exception of the removal of the awkward counter and case, replaced with a carved wood bar with plenty of seating for a smallish space. Warm colors, wood floors and subtle and simple lighting warmed the once purely utilitarian grab and go considerably. Unfortunately the liquor license is "pending" (what is it with that block of Germantown??), but the owner's offered a glass of wine or beer last night with their compliments, and plan to operate as a BYO until the all-important LCB license arrives. The menu is not huge, but varied, and the prices imminently reasonable. Sitting at the bar, we took the advice of our gracious bartender Dennis, and the two of us shared the "Thief Roll", ahi tuna rolled in black and white sesame seeds and a tempura style batter, with wasabi crema on the side - big, flavorful without overwhelming the sweet taste of the ahi, and served with a small side of seaweed salad. The P.E.I. mussels in thai curry made me weep for lack of bread to sop up the amazing broth with just the right touch of heat - only fear of embarassment in front of the neighbors kept me from grabbing a straw off the bar and slurping it directly from the bowl. Finally, the "Thief Salad" blew us both away - mixed greens with slivers of jicama, cashews, craisins and topped with a vanilla-orange vinagrette were so deliciously rich that we could have foresworn dessert...we didn't. The grand finale was a coconut rice pudding with fresh strawberries. Honestly, I was so full I couldn't really do it justice. The full tab for two people, three generous portions (and these were on the 'starter' menu) plus dessert was under $35. Yay new neighborhood place!!