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Address: 8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday for dinner and late night.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Cheap Eats 2012

You can run up quite a tab at this pool hall/small-plates lounge if you’re not careful. Trouble is, the food is so good it’s tempting not to be. Another problem: If you order one of Gordon Banks’s excellent craft cocktails, staying within the Cheap Eats budget becomes even harder.

Harder but not impossible. Diana Davila-Boldin, who runs the kitchen next door at Jackie’s, is a fine miniaturist—packing lots of satisfaction into small packages. She improves on the Chicago hot dog with a grilled dog and griddle bun and makes a convincing case that falafel—tiny and blitzed with tangy cabbage—is a legitimate cocktail snack. Her cochinita (baby pig) tacos offer a dazzling preview of owner Jackie Greenbaum’s forthcoming taqueria in DC’s Columbia Heights, El Chucho’s-Cocina Superior.

Also good: Mini-burgers; jarred bone marrow; house-made sausages.

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