Jeff and Barbara Black’s bistro isn’t far from Bethesda, but it has an out-in-the-country vibe. And though it’s a neighborhood gathering spot, it’s also a destination for those seeking a tête-à-tête rather than a scene, along with easy-to-like food. Crackly-crust pizzas (the mushroom-pecorino is terrific) share space with Modern American plates such as a chewy-in-a-good-way hanger steak with chimichurri. Cake lovers will find their happy place—especially if the blackout cake is on the menu. Even though it’s mated with Chantilly cream and chocolate sauce, we amp it up with ice cream.
Don’t miss: Grilled-squid salad with feta; mussels with shallots, parsley, and chilies; grilled salmon with tea rice and sesame; roast chicken; burger with crispy onions; beignets; latkes with house-made applesauce; eggs Benedict with cured salmon and an angel biscuit.