100 Best Restaurants 2008: Jackie’s Restaurant

No. 80: Jackie's Restaurant

Cuisine: American comfort-food standards, especially the daily nostalgia plates such as meatloaf and skillet-fried chicken—a welcome taste of urban dining at suburban prices.

Mood: A ’50s vibe with bright colors, flashy patterns, and co-owner Jackie Greenbaum’s big hair. The restaurant’s previous existence as a car-repair shop is echoed in the work lights dangling from the ceiling.

Best for: Finicky French-fry-loving kids and anyone in need of dinner before catching a flick at the AFI.

Best dishes: Miniature “Elvis” burgers dripping with pimiento cheese; salmon baked in parchment; flatiron steak with chimichurri sauce and some of the best French fries in the area; crisp, succulent fried chicken (Wednesdays) and hearty meatloaf (Sundays); a chocolate brownie à la mode that takes you back to childhood. The menu changes daily.

Insider tips: The good stemware is your first clue that Jackie’s takes its wine as seriously as its food. The list is interesting and value-priced, although availability can be a problem. This is Montgomery County, after all.

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