Black Market Bistro

4600 Waverly Ave.
Kensington/Garrett Park, MD 20896


Neighborhood: Rockville, Kensington/Garrett Park

Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30, Sunday 10 to 2:30 and 5 to 8

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: White Flint

Price Range: Expensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Cornmeal-fried oysters with tartar sauce; roast chicken; barbecue shrimp over corn-studded grits; wood-grilled hanger steak with chimichurri; fried-onion-topped cheeseburger; apple crisp; potato latkes and orange-vanilla French toast at brunch.

Price Details:
Lunch appetizers, $4 to $9; entrées, $8 to $14. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $12; entrées, $9 to $25. Brunch entrées, $10 to $14.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating

100 Best Restaurants 2008: Black Market

No. 44: Black Market

Cuisine: Generously portioned comfort food that bears a creative touch, minds the seasons, and never takes shortcuts: The duck confit, the cured salmon, even the dollop of applesauce with the brunchtime latkes are all house-made.

Mood: Jeff and Barbara Black’s stylishly comfortable restaurant lays on the charm with paintings of turnips and asparagus and, on some warm nights on the porch, a jazz trio interrupted only by the whistle of a nearby freight train. Garrison Keillor couldn’t have imagined it better.

Best for: Impromptu family dinners, leisurely Sunday brunch, capping off a long day with comfort food.

Best dishes: Cornmeal-fried oysters; plump mussels with tomato and herbs; barbecue shrimp over grits studded with sweet corn; wood-grilled hanger steak with chimichurri; a roasted half-chicken smothered in herbs and served with just-buttery-enough whipped potatoes; a good and messy cheeseburger with fried onions; orange-infused crème brûlée; caramel-drizzled apple crisp.

Insider tips: At some places, brunch is a sly way to get rid of leftovers (beware of lobster omelets). Not here: The menu is carefully planned and executed, from the fresh pastries to the applewood-smoked bacon.

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