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
For many, the word "bistro" calls to mind bent forks, steak frites, and Paris. Jeff and Barbara Black's creaky-porched restaurant couldn't feel farther from France--the wainscotted former post office looks like the setting for a Martha Stewart Living shoot--but it shares an important trait with its European cousins: It excels at simple food done with care--crunchy oysters, parsley-showered mussels, barbecue shrimp. The kitchen's shortcut-free ethos is especially apparent at brunch, when many restaurants go through the motions, turning last night's special into this morning's omelet. Here, fresh-squeezed orange juice and just-baked pastries are a given, and the orange-scented French toast is a reason in itself to come.
What to get: Corn chowder (summer); Thai-style mussels; hanger steak with chimichurri; cheeseburger; roast chicken; apple crisp; potato pancakes with house-made apple sauce (brunch).
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.