100 Best Restaurants 2011: Black's Bar and Kitchen
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100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

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

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

The forces behind this sleek dining room are Jeff and Barbara Black, who also own neighborhood mainstays Addie’s, BlackSalt, and Black Market Bistro. The menu here draws some inspiration from those restaurants. A generous pot of mussels with tomato, lemon, and shallots is straight out of the Addie’s recipe book, and a super-spicy Thai version and an excellent hanger steak with chimichurri are as good as the ones at Black Market.

But enough of the menu is unique. Appetizers are generally better than main courses, which can be ultra-buttery and rich (especially the fish dishes). Start with something as homespun as warm cornbread with honey butter or as refreshing as a grapefruit-and-shrimp salad. At the raw bar in front, you’ll find icy trays of Kumamoto oysters that are well-shucked and delicious. Weekdays from 4 to 7, Chesapeake Bay bivalves are two for the price of one.

Also good: Shrimp cocktail; fried chicken with sweet-potato waffle; saffron-scented fish stew; rib eye with béarnaise sauce; lemon meringue tart.

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

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