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May 23, 2009 05:06 PM

someplace different than Central....

For the past 3 years we have gone to Central for a birthday celebration.....We have loved it every time, but we are looking to venture out...any recommendations for a comparable restaurant to Central....that takes the way, NoVa or Mont Co okay. thanks

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    1. re: chicken kabob

      I would go with Brasserie Beck or if you like Indian Rasika (tried it for the first time on Friday...similar vibe in terms of trendy, loud, and stylish crowd. Obviously the food is different since it is Indian but it's a similar price range and very good.)

      1. re: Elyssa

        Elyssa, you have been talking about going here for so long. I'm curious to read a report in another thread.

        1. re: Jacey

          I have to sit down and do a full report from my dinner. The meal had a lot of high points. (Although we found the restaurant incredibly loud and the drinks very pricey). I should be able to get a chance to write everything up in the next few days.

    2. Corduroy. 3 courses for $55. It's a bit more classy than Central and not nearly as crazy.

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      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        not sure if open on Sunday or Monday..will check

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            Yea Courduroy is closed on Sunday but it is a different experience then Central and Beck, a little more formal, but great food. Try Proof I really like it also Cork'd is good on 14th.

            1. re: Bigcitywine

              It's Cork and I don't recommend it for a birthday. It is too crazy to get a table since they don't take reservations after 6 pm I think it is. I had my own dismal birthday dinner here this year and will not return.

      2. Mendocino Grille. Especially for charcuterie and seafood. Get the pate, smoked trout, and sea bass on the Spring menu.

        1. Obelisk. I know everyone knows it's my fave but there's a reason! Great 5 course prix fixe northern italian and a great low key atmosphere. Not a "scene" like central and it's QUIET! You have to call though, isn't on open table. Chef fixes what's fresh at the markets that day, 3-4 choices per course. You will love it...

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          1. re: DCDOLL

            I second Obelisk. I had my birthday dinner there last fall and it was fantastic! The atmosphere is small, cozy, and intimate...the complete opposite of Central.
            The food is amazing!
            I will also echo Hamster--don't go to Cork. It's too loud and crazy and I think the food is extremely overrated. If you want to try it, then go sometime, but not for your birthday.

          2. Run, do not walk, to Volt in Frederick. If you can, sit at Table 21 for the 21 course Tasting Menu.