8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, Breakfast, American
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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
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
Appetizers $2.50 to $9; entrées $15 to $25.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
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People sometimes speak of Jackie Greenbaum’s place, housed in a former auto-parts garage in Silver Spring, as “fun” or “funky”—as if the DayGlo plastic chairs, pink-pillowed booths, and “Elvis burgers” weren’t suited for a big night out. But Jackie’s, now six years old, has established itself as one of the top dining spots in Montgomery County.
Much of that growth has coincided with the emergence of young chef Diana Davila-Boldin. She has a gift for lightening preparations that are usually heavy, as she did with a slab of smoked, braised ribs glazed with ancho and Mexican brown sugar. Like a conscientious mom, she deftly slips vegetables into meat- or fish-heavy plates—a rendition of chigae, a Korean noodle soup, puts slices of raw tuna atop perfectly steamed bok choy. Even simple salads are turned into showpieces.
Dessert is also an improvement—the delicately crusted apple pie is a wonder. Budget-minded diners and those looking for a quick bite before a movie can sample her cooking at the adjacent lounge, called Sidebar, where standouts include a miniature Chicago-style dog and a bowl of gnocchi, ham, and greens.
Also good: Mixed greens with Concord grapes and Spanish blue cheese; house-made empanadas; any of the market soups; skillet-fried chicken (Monday only); pork carnitas.
Open Monday through Saturday for dinner (cafe menu on Monday), Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.