Jackie's Restaurant
A splashy, retro-cool spot for updated comfort food.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
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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
Opening Hours: Open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM; Sunday 5:30 to 10 PM. Open for brunch Sunday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
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 $2.50 to $9; entrées $15 to $25.

From ,June 2006 Cheap Eats

Almost two years ago, Jackie Greenbaum tacked a faux-fur curtain across the doorway to an old auto-parts warehouse off Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. She hung Lucite cutouts from the rafters and a movie screen in front of the dining room, threw around some shaggy throw pillows, pulled in a cook from Cashion's Eat Place, and gave the place her name. A jumping hotspot on a desolate corner, Jackie's seemed impossibly trendy and a little alien, like a teenager showing off her new tattoo to Grandma.

These days it's a hit with both teens and grandmas as well as with Silver Spring's new wave of condo dwellers, who sip foam-topped mango martinis while they wait for a table.

Chef Sam Adkins does comfort food proud. Elvis burgers--mini-patties dolloped with pimiento cheese--are addictive. So are chili-spiked pork riblets and nachos with whipped avocado and pico de gallo. More refined are mussels wrapped in shredded phyllo, fried, and served with pale-yellow aïoli, and a beautifully simple appetizer of seared scallops with buttery portobello mushrooms.

Main courses, such as flatiron steak with celeriac mashed potatoes, are sophisticated but expensive. Bargain-friendly Nostalgia plates, which rotate weekly, are worth seeking out, especially Wednesday's golden fried chicken and potato salad and Saturday's killer meatloaf.

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