Silver Spring may be here to stay, but DC ROCKS detects a shifting or two. I am glad to report that Joe's Record Paradise is alive and well; the store just drifted a few blocks north of itself and will reopen soon at 8700 Georgia Avenue just around the corner from another migrant, the good ole Tastee Diner. (In 1999 this 1946 landmark was lifted off its foundation on Georgia and moved to Cameron Street.) The Quarry House is still closed post fire, but the bar flies are convening across the street at the old Piratz bar, and the live music goes on for now at Hank Dietles featuring Ruthie and the Wranglers this Saturday night.
At the end of March, however, one of Silver Spring's more original restaurants, Jackie's a space carved out of an auto parts store, will be closing after eleven years. I remember well when Jackie's first opened because of two little words both dangerous and dear to my heart: fried chicken. I am willing to go all over this town searching for that elusive recipe that Aunt Bee had such a good handle on so hearing this was a feature dish caught my attention.
At some point though, Jackie's dropped this delicacy from the menu, and since the Hitching Post changed hands, my nearby Safeway has become my go to spot. Yes, Safeway. Low on atmosphere, but high on bird fry know how. (This may be that miserable little store's only saving grace, but that's another story...)
Jackie's will be missed, but the good news is Chef Darius Killian, aka the "Chicken Man," has been lured back temporarily to fry up a storm every Monday. This fat filled frivolity is just part of Jackie Greenbaum's big send off to herself and long time customers. Jackie will also be pooling the talents of her Quarry House veterans to rock the Sidebar most weekends throughout March starting this Saturday with 7 Door Sedan and the ever rawkous Ubangis. See full listings in DC Rocks own sidebar. All shows feature really great, really fun DC ROCKS approved bands....No cover !