Black Market Bistro
4600 Waverly Ave.
Kensington/Garrett Park, MD 20896
Neighborhood: Rockville, Kensington/Garrett Park
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast, American
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
Noise Level: Chatty
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.
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
Cuisine: Thoughtfully crafted renditions of home-kitchen fare (roast chicken, apple crisp) plus chef-driven creations with the occasional dash of lemongrass or chimichurri. The menu doesn’t change much, but this is one of the most consistent places around.
Mood: With its white-lattice porch and Pottery Barn aesthetic, this collection of cozy dining rooms is loaded with small-town charm. You’ll even hear the windows rattle now and then—that’s just the freight train rumbling by.
Best for: Casual dinners; the terrific brunch; a brief respite from city living.
Best dishes: Crunchy cornmeal-fried oysters with freshly made tartar sauce; roast chicken, straightforward and satisfying; 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.
Insider tips: The restaurant takes a very limited number of reservations each night, so go early or late to avoid a wait. On nights when there’s a performance at Strathmore, tables usually open up around showtime.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.