Black's Bar and Kitchen, in Bethesda, MD, has received much praise on this board in recent weeks. In my several visits, I would agree with most, although not all, of that praise. The raw bar and the steak (with chimmichurri) have been stand-outs.
Yesterday, I had the biggest stand-out yet. The menu names it Black's Famous Hardwood Grilled Hamburger. And, whether or not it really is famous, it is delicious. Alarmingly so. Like, wake-up-and-take-notice-how-good-this-is. Hard-to-concerntrate-on-conversation good.
Better than Palena. Better than Colorado Kitchen. Better than Sign of the Whale. Better than anything I've had in the DC area. And, any burger anywhere in recent memory.
I had mine medium-rare.
Beautiful ground beef. A woody, smoky char on the outside. Lucious, beefy, fatty, meat on the inside. A slice of perfectly melted, sharp, salty, cheddar. And a soft roll that doesn't interfere, but just gets the hell out of the way of the starring ingredient.
Two pieces of advice: (1) Try it first without any condiments. It didn't need any. (2) Don't try to order it at dinner in the main dining room. I tried to do so once before and was declined, as it is only on the bar menu, the lunch menu, and the brunch menu. Perhaps they will fix this glitch.