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Best Montgomery County Restaurant (Readers' Pick)

Black’s Bar & Kitchen

Restaurateur Jeff Black has devised a can’t-fail formula for his eateries. Peerless seafood + friendly service + an inviting atmosphere = success.

“It’s all about the attention to detail,” says Black, who recently opened his seventh restaurant, Republic in Takoma Park. “We pride ourselves in getting all the little things right.”

That blueprint drives his bustling Bethesda bistro, which has become a focal point for the neighborhood and the community since opening in 2006. The restaurant previously took top honors for “Best Seafood” and “Best Outdoor Dining” (2008), “Best Martini” (2009) and “Best Brunch” (2010). Chef Dane Sewlall’s menu accentuates comfort and creatively updated classics (entrées, $19-$34). Think seared scallops with crawfish-thyme beurre blanc ($31) and tomato-saffron-accented seafood stew packed with mussels, prawns and calamari ($27).

Complementing this fine fare is an impressive wine list that highlights both domestic and foreign selections, affirming that Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the toast of the town.

7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-5525, blacksbarandkitchen.com

Other Top Vote Getters: MoCo’s Founding Farmers, La Ferme, Raku, Woodmont Grill, Cava, Black Market Bistro, Le Vieux Logis