100 Best Restaurants 2009: Jackson's MIghty Fine Food
No. 99: Jackson's Mighty Fine Food
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
First Look
Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge
Address: 11927 Democracy Dr., Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-437-0800
Neighborhood: Reston/Herndon
Cuisines: Sushi, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday and Monday 11 AM to 10 PM; Tuesday through Thursday 11 AM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to midnight.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Deviled eggs; duo of dips; lobster mac and cheese; goat cheese and cranberry salad; sea bass in ginger broth; crab cakes; lemon meringue pie; chocolate waffle.
Price Details: Starters $5.50 to $14, main courses $9.50 to $27.


Cuisine: Nostalgic comfort food from the Great American Restaurants group. The kitchen puts out original dishes—deviled eggs with sugared bacon, lemon “marshmallow meringue” pie—but there are plenty of the chain’s classics, such as the flourless chocolate waffle.

Mood: The restaurant pays homage to the memory of the late chef Bill Jackson, with both a Norman Rockwell–style painting and a letter board listing all his nicknames (“Charmer”) and favorite things (wasabi). All-booth seating and cheery service keep diners happy.

Best for: A relaxed, not-too-expensive date; dinner with a picky eater; a kid-friendly meal.

Best dishes: Deviled eggs with sugared bacon and pecans; pimiento-cheesy red-pepper dip and guacamole; lobster mac and cheese; field greens with warm goat cheese and spiced pecans; crab cakes; sea bass with a gingery soy broth; lemon meringue pie with a graham-cracker crust; flourless chocolate waffle.

Insider tips: The restaurant looks big, but it fills up quickly—call ahead to put your name on the waiting list. Portions are generous and easy to share.

Service: •••

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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