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 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
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 $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
What would Jackie’s be if you were to take away its hot-pink throw pillows, trade its exposed bulbs for “proper” lamps, and transport it from its row of auto-parts dealers to the ground floor of a hotel? The answer is that it would be so de-Jackied as to constitute a different place altogether. But perhaps then many diners wouldn’t persist in seeing it as merely a fun and funky night out but rather as the serious and ambitious restaurant it is.
The globally minded menu demonstrates chef Diana Davila-Boldin’s fluency in a variety of accents. (Her Mexican cooking is the finest in the area, with flavors that run deep and true.)
Of late, a preciousness has crept in and prices have edged higher. We’d hate to see Jackie’s abandon its distinctive niche—there aren’t enough restaurants as it is that take playfulness so seriously. Don’t miss: Mini-burgers with pimiento cheese; truffled cheese fries; sous-vide chicken wings; chicken Milanesa sandwich; cornmeal-fried tilapia with sweet-potato bread; grilled lobster with coconut rice; Autumn Apple dessert. Open: Monday through Saturday for dinner (cafe menu on Monday), Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.