8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open Monday through Saturday for dinner and late night.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
In the early days at Jackie's Restaurant, small plates--nachos, empanadas, pork riblets in hoisin sauce--were among the most enticing reasons to swing by the repurposed auto-parts garage. The restaurant has evolved away from that format as it has grown more ambitious, but when owner Jackie Greenbaum opened this grunge lounge next door, she installed an all-small-plates menu to give drinkers something to nibble on while exploring Gordon Banks's excellent craft cocktails.
Sidebar chef Aaron Covert curates the constantly changing menu with the help of Jackie's chef Diana Davila-Boldin--it might include Amish chicken rendered into KFC-style bites or a slider gone steroidal, the juicy patty topped with a quail egg and hunk of pork belly.
There are plates that encourage you to go slowly, too, such as a recent concoction called "rabbit-stuffed rabbit"--a roulade fashioned from breast and leg meat and a rich rabbit mousse atop a vivid carrot purée.
Also good: Chicago-style hot dog; smoked barbecue-duck lettuce wraps with Asian slaw.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner and late night.