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100 Best Restaurants 2010: Jackie's
Comments () | Published January 29, 2010
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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: If restaurants were people, this would be the hearty partyer who hunkers down with Wittgenstein in his spare time: playful but with a serious side. That side—evident in the fine stemware, thoughtfully composed salads, and detailed riffs on American comfort food—transforms what otherwise might be a convivial night of fun into a minor gastronomic outing.

Mood: The dining room—all exposed beams, dangling light bulbs, hot-pink pillows, and sculpted plastic chairs—is a masterpiece of retro chic. It’s framed by a bar with a drop-down projection-screen TV and an open kitchen, and it crackles with an energy rare in fine dining.

Best for: Dining out without getting dolled up—or having to leave the kids at home.

Best dishes: Butter lettuce with anchovy dressing and aged sheep’s-milk cheese; Prince Edward Island mussels in a Madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro; pan-seared swordfish with shrimp butter; pimiento-topped “Elvis” burger; Hudson Valley duck leg with duck sausage; a roast of braised pork, house-made sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and hominy stew.

Insider tips: Frank Morales, who previously manned the stove at Rustico, has recently come aboard to run the show. The streamlined menu is a little less zippy, and Morales is given at times to overproducing his dishes, but the Elvis burger is better (and bigger) than ever and the cheese grits are otherworldly.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner (cafe menu on Monday), Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.

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