100 Best Restaurants 2012: BlackSalt
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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BlackSalt
Address: 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-342-9101
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30; Friday 5:30 to 11; Saturday 5 to 11; Sunday 5 to 9. Open for brunch Sunday 11 to 2.
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Sweet Nantucket bay scallops atop puttanesca; a salad of bitter escarole, sweet candied almonds, salty bacon, and tart apples; chowder with crisp fried clams; steamed mussels with chorizo and tomato sauce; tart Key-lime pie; butterscotch pudding with a Sc

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Seven years ago, power couple Jeff and Barbara Black fired up the dining scene in DC's quiet Palisades neighborhood with this fish market/restaurant--and it's a testament to its enduring quality that on a recent Wednesday at 9 it was packed. Walking by the fish market up front--easily the best in the area--you'll likely get a sense of what will be on the menu from the ice beds holding super-sweet Nantucket bay scallops, esoteric catches such as tilefish, or a bountiful array of oysters.

Dishes bear many accents, but we've most enjoyed those that conjure New England--clam chowder, fried clams with curried aïoli--or East Asia. A finely chopped circle of bigeye tuna is set off by a tangy ponzu sauce, while a coconutty red-curry stew gives salmon a Thai twist. The dessert menu hasn't changed much over the years, but that doesn't mean the sweets are any less good.

What to get: Bacony oysters Rockefeller; fried oysters with tartar sauce; grilled sardines with olive persillade; bouillabaisse; coconut-banana cream pie; butterscotch pudding; crawfish Benedict at brunch.

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

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