Cheap Eats 2012: Black Jack
Jeff and Barbara Black’s rollicking, bordello-chic bar/bocce court. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Black Jack
Address: 1612 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-319-1612
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 6:00 to 12:30 AM, Friday 5:30 to 1:30 AM, Saturday 3 to 1:30 AM, Sunday 3 to 12:30 AM
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Dupont Circle
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Happy Hour Details:
Sunday all day. Half price draft beers, pizzas and mussels, 2 for 1 oysters, $5 house wine, $7 burgers
Happy Hour Days:
Cheap Eats 2012

Jeff and Barbara Black’s rollicking, bordello-chic bar/bocce court stays as packed as its downstairs sibling, the Southern-flavored Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.

The two share a kitchen and a chef—plus a selection of oysters—but there’s little crossover between menus, and it’s at Black Jack that you’ll find such excellent bar shares as fries with a trio of dipping sauces and duck-confit-topped nachos. We follow those with a shrimp roll lightly bound with mayo or a showstopper of a BLT stacked with crisp bacon.

Pizzas with just-thin-enough crusts arrive topped with, say, a mix of grilled shrimp, roasted green chilies, and pepperjack. There are few bars where you’ll snack better, but the brick walls and turned-up speakers mean you might have to forgo conversation to do it.

Also good: Mussels with garlic, shallots, and tomato; charcuterie plate; Swine Lovers pizza with salami, bacon, and coppa; shrimp po’ boy; pecan and Key-lime pies.

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