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Hi all,

Long time lurker, first post.

A dear friend is moving away in less than a month, and I'd like to take her out for a special final restaurant experience...not just a nice dinner, but something fun and exciting that she'll remember and cherish for a long time. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what restaurant might suit the bill. Some notes:

- We're in DC, willing to travel to Baltimore or the surrounding area for the right place.
- Table 21 at Volt (among her favorite restaurants) would be the obvious choice, and I'm going to try my damndest to get reservations. I fear that this might not be possibl in the timeframe.
- My backup is currently Citronelle, but she worked in Georgetown for some time, so it's probably not as novel to her as it would be to some.
- She's done Minibar.

Any suggestions? Very much appreciated!

Mr. C

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Volt
228 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

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  1. where's she moving? what will she not be able to find there?

    1. If Table 21 doesn't work out and minibar is out, which unfortunately seems likely for both if less than a month out, I'd go with Komi. That would be my other go-to place for exciting food.

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      Komi
      1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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      1. re: jenstamey

        Yes, I'd second Komi, but it's not exactly "fun and exciting" -- more like deeply satisfying and memorable.

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        Komi
        1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

        1. re: Marty L.

          Completely agree, but in the same vein, I wouldn't consider Michel Richard Citronelle to be fun and exciting. For me, that's more along the lines of minibar - as much entertainment and dialogue as it is dining. Of course, I'm rarely more excited than when I'm seated at Komi and eagerly anticipating the first bite.

      2. I think Citronelle is a good back up, I find it to be a lot of fun.

        You might also think about Marcel's. I find it to be very special and fun in a cute way. That might not be the vibe you want, but it is very jewel box inside and just makes you feel special.

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        Citronelle
        3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

        1. Komi would be perfect but you better call right away. The Source is also very good and lively. In Virginia the pick would be Eve, in Baltimore either Woodberry Kitchen or Charleston.

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          Komi
          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

          Woodberry Kitchen
          2010 Clipper Park Rd # 126, Baltimore, MD

          1. Komi. As stated, you better start calling *right now* Otherwise, the dining room at Palena.

            1. I just called Volt seconds ago (before I read your post) and Table 21 is booked up for all of 2011!!!

              Minibar takes reservations one month ahead of time so you're already inside that window, but you may be able to snag a seat if someone cancels. Minibar is probably your best bet for something memorable. It's part meal, part theater, and part magic. I'd call them and try to get your name on the cancelation list........explain your situation and they might be able to fit you in somehow.

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              1. re: Bart Hound

                Volt has a "waiting list" for Table 21 cancellations, one can get in from time to time - but obviously not if you need a specific date.

              2. Just reread your post and saw that "she's done minibar"

                How about the Inn at Little Washington? It's a bit out of town, but it's a beautiful time of year for drive. You could hit a vineyard on the way and get a little of the VA countryside expirence.

                And it's a one of kind type place.

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                1. re: Bart Hound

                  We just came back from a wonderful night at The Inn at Little Washington. Perfection.