100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Black’s Bar & Kitchen


Wood-grilled duck breast. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Black's Bar and Kitchen


7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

True to the Black Restaurant Group model, the large menu at
this Bethesda eatery puts seafood at center stage—though wood-grilled
meats such as Long Island-raised Pekin duck breast and hearty Duroc pork
chop have a way of luring guests away from saucy mussels and Old
Bay-dusted shrimp cocktail. The dish not to skip is the aromatic
saffron-tomato seafood stew, stocked with mussels, squid, head-on shrimp,
and crusty bread to sop it all up. Because service can be uneven, we
suggest opting for the casual booth-lined bar over the more staid dining
room—arrive early to take advantage of the 4-to-7 happy hour on weekdays,
which includes specials on beer, wine, cocktails, and shellfish.

Don’t miss: Shrimp-and-avocado salad; cornbread with
honey butter; yellowfin-tuna loin with black beans and red mole;
Thai mussels; buttermilk-battered fried chicken; affogado (ice
cream, espresso, and Grand Marnier).

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

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.