The Needle: Black's Bar and Kitchen
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Black's Bar and Kitchen
Address: 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-5525
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Steaks, Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11, Saturday noon to 3 and 5:30 to 9:30, Sunday 3 to 9:30 Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30. A late-night bar menu is available Thursday through Saturday
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Cornbread with honey butter; mussels with tomato, lemon, and shallot; oysters on the half-shell; hanger steak with chimichurri or béarnaise; pappardelle with wild mushrooms, dates, and cured pork cheek; fried chicken with sweet-potato waffles; seafood ste
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7: $6 martinis, $3.75 draft beer, $5 wine Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM $5 bloody mary, $3.75 draft beer
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

The slick interior is a set piece of LA cool. But has style superseded substance? A recent visit was marred by sloppy execution, beginning with a crab cake so flavorless that it might have been a chicken patty and ending with a plate of monkfish so uninspired as to engender fantasies of a burger from Houston’s across the street. Janelle Birdsall’s desserts were excellent. Too bad she recently left the restaurant.

This review appeared in the August, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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