100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Black's Bar & Kitchen
Wood-grilled duck breast. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $13; entrees, $10 to $18. Dinner appetizers, $3 to $15; entrees, $18 to $28.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 4 to 7: $6 house martinis, $2.75 Miller draft, $3 Blue Moon and Stella Artois, $5 glasses of wine, 50 cent steamed spice shrimp, $6.50 mussels, $5 calamari, $1 boutique oysters
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

True to the Black Restaurant Group model, the large menu at this Bethesda eatery puts seafood at center stage—though wood-grilled meats such as Long Island-raised Pekin duck breast and hearty Duroc pork chop have a way of luring guests away from saucy mussels and Old Bay-dusted shrimp cocktail. The dish not to skip is the aromatic saffron-tomato seafood stew, stocked with mussels, squid, head-on shrimp, and crusty bread to sop it all up. Because service can be uneven, we suggest opting for the casual booth-lined bar over the more staid dining room—arrive early to take advantage of the 4-to-7 happy hour on weekdays, which includes specials on beer, wine, cocktails, and shellfish.

Don’t miss: Shrimp-and-avocado salad; cornbread with honey butter; yellowfin-tuna loin with black beans and red mole; Thai mussels; buttermilk-battered fried chicken; affogado (ice cream, espresso, and Grand Marnier).

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

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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