100 Best Restaurants 2011: Black Market Bistro

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. Read Full Article

100 Best Restaurants 2010: Black Market Bistro

Cuisine: Thoughtfully crafted renditions of home-kitchen fare (roast chicken, apple crisp) plus chef-driven creations with the occasional dash of lemongrass or chimichurri. The menu doesn’t change much, but this is one of the most consistent places around. Read Full Article


At this “unpretentious” “little find” in “leafy” Garrett Park “next to railroad tracks” (but “on the right side of the tracks”), the Black restaurant family and its “accommodating” staff dole out “wonderful” American “comfort food” in a “Norman Rockwell”-esque Victorian house; “grab a seat on the porch” to escape the “noise” inside and “make reservations”, as it’s “popular with the locals” – especially during its “wonderful Sunday brunch.”
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Best Brunches, Washingtonian Magazine 8/1/2005

Black Market Bistro (Garrett Park, moderate). In summer the porch of this vintage post office in leafy Garrett Park is the place to be. But get there early--the bistro doesn't take reservations, and folks are usually jockeying for tables inside and out.

Nearly everything on the brunch menu, with prices from $10 to $14, is worth ordering. Eggs are perfectly scrambled, buttermilk pancakes are fluffy, orange vanilla-bean French toast is crisp and just eggy enough. Baked breakfast muffins, scones, and breads are among the best in the area. If you want more substantial fare, the fabulous burger with fried onions or fried-chicken sandwich with mustard cream sauce will do nicely. Ice creams and sorbets and silky crème brûlée in varying flavors make for light yet luxurious finishes. The total tab was $65.

Black Market Bistro, 4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park; 301-933-3000. Saturday and Sunday brunch 10 to 2.