Mystery Basket Cocktail Competition

Sunday February 28th we held a Mystery Basket Cocktail Competition on Foodie and the Beast, The Nycci Nellis Show, between four of our restaurants, Republic, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, BlackSalt and Black's Bar & Kitchen.

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Meet The Competitors

From Left: Brett Robison - Republic, Rich Willet - Pearl Dive, George Sault - BlackSalt, Joel Bailey- Black's Bar & Kitchen

The Mystery Basket


Fresh Ginger & Basil Mule
(Muddled Lime & Basil, House Made Basil Shrub, Ginger Beer & Bulleit Bourbon)


The Entire Cast

From Left: David Nellis, Brett Robison, Austin Ginsberg, Rich Willet, Catherine Ker, Jeff Black, Nycci Nellis, George Sault, Joel Bailey

Thrillist - DC Neighborhoods, Ranked By Their Food and Drink

#1 Logan Circle / 14th Street

Let’s be honest about where you’ve been spending all your Friday nights. The 14th Street corridor, stretching from Logan Circle to U St and beyond, is officially in beast mode. It’s home to one of the best beer bars in the country (ChurchKey), the buzziest French bistro in town (Le Diplomate), an oyster powerhouse (Pearl Dive), top tapas spots (Estadio andBarcelona Wine Bar), a small but charming beer garden (Garden District), and an intimidating amount of new restaurants well worth trying -- that is if you can keep yourself from repeating the great spots you've already frequented.

Washingtonian 100 Best Restaurants 2013: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

There are plenty of places around town where you can eat like a frat boy, counting “fried” and “butter-drenched” as the only food groups. Jeff and Barbara Black’s folksy Logan Circle fish house is one of the few worth the calories. That’s not to say it’s all about the fried chicken or fabulously messy barbecue shrimp with baguette.  Read More...

The Wall Street Journal: Best Restaurants in D.C’s 14th St Corridor

FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, a portion of 14th Street that runs through Northwest Washington, D.C., was the epicenter of riots that followed the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Buildings were burned. The National Guard patrolled. Twenty years after that, the wide avenue was still marred by boarded-up commercial buildings and abandoned auto showrooms.  Read More...

NPR: Pot Liquor

We don't have to tell you about the growing popularity of greens. From kale to collards to turnips, we've learned to embrace their nutrient-packed bitterness.  So here's a tip: When you're cooking up a big pot of greens, don't toss out what may be the most nutritious part — the brothy water that's left in the pot.  Lots of the beneficial nutrients cook out of the greens. And what's left? Well, if you learned to cook in a traditional Southern kitchen, you'd call it pot liquor. (Though some insist it's "potlikker.")  Chef James Huff of Pearl Dive restaurant ladles up some pot liquor fresh from a steaming pot of sauteed collard greens and kale.  Read More...

Food and Wine: America’s Best Oyster Bars

The newest spot from DC empire builders Jeff and Barbara Black (BlackSalt, Black’s Bar and Kitchen) is an urban fish shack inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, with two oyster bars and a menu of seafood gumbos and po’boys.  Read More...

Washingtonian Best Bites

We’ve been fans of Jeff Black’s fried chicken dinners since his 14th Street hotspot opened. Luckily for anyone averse to long table waits, the restaurant recently started serving six-piece buckets of the crispy stuff upstairs at Black Jack and for carryout.  Read More...

Tom Sietsema: In Logan Circle, a Pearl of a Place. Washington Post 12/18/11

An admission: To keep restaurant staffs that recognize me from knowing whether I like a dish, I leave some food on my plate.  And yet, no amount of discipline can keep me from polishing off a whole catfish po' boy at the new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace in Logan Circle.  Blame my lapse on the deftly fried, clean-flavored fillet. Point also to the pedigreed Allan Benton bacon tucked inside the sturdy (but not too!) roll. Indict as well the gently cooked farm egg that floods the Delta prize with even more flavor when teeth strike yolk.  Read More...


Washingtonian:  Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (Full Review)

With fantastic fried chicken, old-fashioned pies, and plenty of oysters, veteran restaurateurs Jeff and Barbara Black are showing 14th Street a good time. Read More...