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 2011: Black Market Bistro

No. 36

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

In the world of fine dining, less is often more. That’s why it’s a compliment to say that this low-key spot—the best of Jeff and Barbara Black’s four restaurants—doesn’t try too hard.

The restored post office in leafy Garrett Park recalls a renovated inn in Charleston or Birmingham. The South isn’t consciously evoked, but its influence is unmistakable, from a well-priced menu that rarely changes to the kitchen’s strict adherence to an unfussy aesthetic. The best dishes—cornmeal-crusted oysters; a generous antipasto plate; spicy shrimp and grits—offer little in the way of discovery but are usually cooked very well. If there’s a surprise, it’s the wine list, a showcase of agreeably priced bottles from Napa, southern Rhône, Italy, and Australia that ranks among the best in Montgomery County.

Also good: Thai-style mussels; trout with almonds; hanger steak and fries; warm apple crisp; lemon-mousse cake.

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

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