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The Needle: Black's Bar and Kitchen
Comments () | Published September 23, 2008
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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 for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30; Saturday noon to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30. Open for brunch Sunday 11 to 2:30. A late-night bar menu is available Thursday
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
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

The slick interior is a set piece of LA cool. But has style superseded substance? A recent visit was marred by sloppy execution, beginning with a crab cake so flavorless that it might have been a chicken patty and ending with a plate of monkfish so uninspired as to engender fantasies of a burger from Houston’s across the street. Janelle Birdsall’s desserts were excellent. Too bad she recently left the restaurant.

This review appeared in the August, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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