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100 Best Restaurants 2010: Black's Bar and Kitchen
No. 76 Blacks' Bar and Kitchen
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 29, 2010
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Black's Bar and Kitchen
Address: 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-5525
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11, Saturday noon to 3 and 5:30 to 9:30, Sunday 3 to 9:30 Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30. A late-night bar menu is available Thursday through Saturday
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Cornbread with honey butter; mussels with tomato, lemon, and shallot; oysters on the half-shell; hanger steak with chimichurri or béarnaise; pappardelle with wild mushrooms, dates, and cured pork cheek; fried chicken with sweet-potato waffles; seafood ste
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7: $6 martinis, $3.75 draft beer, $5 wine Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM $5 bloody mary, $3.75 draft beer
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Cuisine: You never quite know what you’ll find at Jeff and Barbara Black’s Zen-slick suburban dining room. Sure, there will always be the solid raw bar and reliable wood-fired steaks and seafood. But beyond that, the ever-changing menu might skitter from fried chicken and waffles to white-bean-and-prosciutto bruschetta to plantain-crusted shrimp with mango salsa.

Mood: With its twinkling pool out front and mood-lit dining room inside, Black’s stands out among its neighboring chain restaurants. It’s the closest Bethesda gets to a Malibu brand of chicness and, not surprisingly, has become a magnet for expensively groomed thirtysomethings with a taste for $10 Dark and Stormys. But it’s not all see-and-be-seen: Look beneath the arty mural of a vineyard and you’ll see plenty of casual families and empty-nesters.

Best for: An oyster craving; happy hour; a date or catch-up with friends; late-night dessert.

Best dishes: Squares of airy cornbread with honey butter; mussels with tomato, lemon, and shallot; well-shucked oysters on the half shell (we lean toward the West Coast varieties); hanger steak with chimichurri or béarnaise; fried chicken with pecans and sweet-potato waffles; a spicy, saffron-scented stew packed with mussels, prawns, and other seafood and served with aïoli-slathered toasts; salty-caramel trio (with a dreamy caramel tart); Key-lime pie.

Insider tips: The blond-wood bar room is an equally comfortable place to sit, especially in the booths for two. Happy-hour specials abound, with early- and late-night deals. Sunday is half-price wine-bottle night.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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