100 Best Restaurants 2008: Jackie's Restaurant
No. 80: Jackie's Restaurant
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Jackie's Restaurant
Address: 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-565-9700
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Open for brunch Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Special Monday-night chicken dinner, fixed $12 per person.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Butter lettuce with anchovy dressing and aged sheep’s-milk cheese; mussels in Madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro; pan-seared swordfish with shrimp butter; “Elvis” burger; duck leg with duck sausage; a roast of braised pork, house-made sun-dri
Price Details: Appetizers $8 to $14; entrées $17 to $31.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details:
Monday 5:30 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday to Friday 5 PM to 7 PM. $5 select wines, cocktails, and appetizers.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Cuisine: American comfort-food standards, especially the daily nostalgia plates such as meatloaf and skillet-fried chicken—a welcome taste of urban dining at suburban prices.

Mood: A ’50s vibe with bright colors, flashy patterns, and co-owner Jackie Greenbaum’s big hair. The restaurant’s previous existence as a car-repair shop is echoed in the work lights dangling from the ceiling.

Best for: Finicky French-fry-loving kids and anyone in need of dinner before catching a flick at the AFI.

Best dishes: Miniature “Elvis” burgers dripping with pimiento cheese; salmon baked in parchment; flatiron steak with chimichurri sauce and some of the best French fries in the area; crisp, succulent fried chicken (Wednesdays) and hearty meatloaf (Sundays); a chocolate brownie à la mode that takes you back to childhood. The menu changes daily.

Insider tips: The good stemware is your first clue that Jackie’s takes its wine as seriously as its food. The list is interesting and value-priced, although availability can be a problem. This is Montgomery County, after all.

Service: ••

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