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January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants
A splashy, retro-cool spot for updated comfort food.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published January 19, 2007
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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

No. 97: Jackie's Restaurant

Disco balls dangling from utility lights. Desserts with kooky names like Your Peanut Butter Is in My Chocolate. A soundtrack that shuffles from Lucinda Williams to DC punk to Euro-pop. This auto garage turned restaurant—the brainchild of Jackie (with a heart over the I) Greenbaum, who favors tall boots and big hair—might be the least-serious serious restaurant in town.

The kitsched-up industrial space looks like a mod, ’60s-era teen dream: bright pink booths, shiny plastic chairs, shag carpets—all that’s missing are hip-swiveling servers in patent-leather go-go boots. But here’s a surprise: You can get a pretty groovy meal.

Each night brings a Nostalgia Plate, which might be a dense meatloaf, a skillet-fried chicken, or a braised brisket—but chef Sam Adkins isn’t strictly Betty Crocker–inspired. You might also find wonderfully smoky pork tacos, a simple plate of prosciutto with figs and grilled mushrooms, or a flatiron steak with kicky chimichurri. The most reliable option is also the guiltiest pleasure: mini Elvis Burgers, smeared with pimiento cheese.

Brunch doesn’t feel like a toss off—or a recycling bin for the week’s leftover ingredients—as some do. You’ll find worthy renditions of sausage, biscuits, and gravy; Eggs in a Nest, with turnip greens and hash browns; plus spicy home fries and Mayorga coffee.
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