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I'm taking a friend our for her birthday Sat in Winchester VA. She lives near there and wants me to help her with some errands, so we are pretty much stuck with Winchester.

I want to avoid the chains which have sprouted up all over the city.
I'm thinking about Passage to India. Has anybody been there? Any other ideas?

Last year we went to the Irish Pub in Middletown, which was good but not great.

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  1. I hate to admit it but everytime I'm in Winchester, I end up at a chain restaurant. However, many people like the Bulgarian restaurant, Sophia.

    1. It may be a little more high-end than you're looking for, but I highly recommend One Block West (http://www.obwrestaurant.com/). The chef uses lots of fresh, local ingredients, and the food is innovative and tasty.

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      1. re: chriscatva

        Good suggestion--I love One Block West. While it's a nice restaurant, I don't think it's that high end that I wouldn't feel comfortable in it in shopping clothes.

        1. re: chowser

          I agree; it's definitely not dressier. I just thought it might be a bit more slow-paced -- and perhaps a bit pricier -- than the Indian restaurant that was recommended. (However, I haven't been to the Indian restaurant so don't really know.)

      2. I'll try One Block West next time. I've always wondered about it. Unfortunately, I think Cafe Sofia has gone out of business, at least it's no longer at the Valley avenue address.

        We had a very good, but a comedy of errors meal at Passage to India. Unbeknownst to us, the place had a big write up in the local paper the previous Thursday and was caught short on food and help. I'd definately go there again as it was the best Indian food I've had west of the Herndon area.