Thursday, February 28, 2008

Get Your Charcuterie On

The Washington City Paper has details on the new shop to be opened by Jackie Greenbaum, proprietor of the legendary Quarry House and the eponymous South Silver Spring restaurant. The new store, Jackie’s a Go-Go

...will be part takeout, part bakery, part meat market, part package store, part chocolate shop, part housewares department, and part tchotchke dealer.... When the store opens in late March, Greenbaum expects to be hawking a haphazard assortment of cakes, chocolates, cheeses, frozen meats, and charcuterie, mostly produced in-house or locally by the likes of Eco-Friendly Foods in Virginia. Refrigerated cases will be stocked with baked goods by Greenbaum’s part-time pastry chef, Beth Christianson, or with cured meats by her full-time toque Sam Adkins.
(I have to admit, I had to look up what charcuterie was. We didn't have highfalutin' stuff like that in Silver Spring when I was growing up... we ate beef jerky.)

I'm all about this development... especially with regard to the increased availability of gourmet chocolates and cheeses. They also plan to have a large beer and wine selection, provided the Montgomery County Liquor Nazis don't get in their way.

Perhaps most amazingly, the shop will take over a space formerly occupied by a hair salon, which pretty much bucks the trend of the last two decades.



22 comments:

Anonymous said...

But where will we PARK over there???

Anonymous said...

There's a huge parking garage behind Vicino's, just across the street.

Easley_Amused said...

Chocolate and Beer... how could it fail?

And while we're chatting about that end of the 'hood, is My Le EVER going to re-open?

Vagrarian said...

I'm slobbering already...

Dan Reed said...

I'm very excited at the prospect of a real charcuterie (I have yet to look this up, so I don't know what it means). The City Paper's tone is so snotty, though, calling Silver Spring a "culinary backwater." They like to knock on the suburbs, but you can tell none of their writers have ever actually set foot out of D.C. (at least, ever since they moved out of their parents' houses in Rockville.)

Springvale Roader said...

I can do without the bits and pieces of dead animals, but I really hope she gets some good bread in that bakery, aside from the pastries. In fact, can we dare hope for good bagels?

Still, I do not know how Silver Spring will cope with the loss of a hair salon. Truly there is no god.

As for the little brats who write for City Paper, I can only say that City Paper is worth every cent they charge for it.

nikki said...

While I would like to say I am excited by this, I have to say that the two or three times I have been to Jackies, it has pretty much sucked. The server was slow as molasses and bordering on hosilte when I went there on my birthday. It was especially annoying because there were only three or four other occupied tables in the whole joint. Quarry House, which used to be a place my husband and I loved and frequented often, has consistantly gone downhill since Jackie took over. Every time we go, no matter what night of the week, there is only one server (the same blonde girl, who is incapable of mulit-tasking)for the entire dining room. The staff here is also rude and it usually takes 45 mins to an hour to get your food (which is usually overcooked). I remember being at QH one night while the place was packed (with only the one waitress working) and Ms. Greenbaum and her friends were yucking it up having a drink at the bar while several customers that were seated at tables walked up to the bar to get service and order their food. The whole thing made me uncomfortable. If I were her, before I started working on new projects I would fix the mess at the businesses I already owned. Just a thought.

rd said...

I still like Jackie's, but the last couple of times I've been there, I've gotten this tall white dude of a server who is pretty annoying and slow. As a server it can be okay to have an attitude and be funny if you're GOOD. However, when you're not GOOD, then it makes the restaurant experience REALLY suck. Maybe Jackie should do like Starbucks and take some time off to retrain the staff.

Anonymous said...

I think Jackie's is overrated and expensive. I'd much prefer to drop that kind of money at Ray's even thought the service at Ray's can be spotty as well.

Tina said...

I agree with some of the posters - going to Jackie's the food quality was horrible.

Nachoes - I kid you not 9 chips with little to no cheese and a tiny dollop of beans and jalapeƱo peppers. I can't believe I paid for that. The brownies were burnt too.

Ray's I have to give props to. Food was fabulous when they first opened, strayed off the course a little bit but went there mid January with some friends. The chef actually sat our party took out order. Everything was delicious. My friend's order came out wrong - fillet mignon instead of a strip but I kid you not the chef brought out one of each of each of the desserts. We were okay with the mix up and could have done without the calories but awesome customer service.

bonifant more sinister than thayer said...

I am so psyched that we'll have local artisanal head cheese, I could just bust a salami. Officially requesting Cowgirl Creamery and Vermont Shepherd cheese.

Anonymous said...

Anon #1 - Why do you need to PARK anywhere??!! It is an easy walk from all of downtown SS and the metro/marc/bus station as well -- not to mention the free VanGo shuttle and #70 bus stop are right near by. If you simply HAVE to drive and pollute up the air, there are plenty of metered street parking spaces and public parking garages around Sligo/Fenton/Georgia.
I'm guessing that you have never been out of your car south of Ellsworth.

Anonymous said...

Anon#3- I am not stupid enough to walk to a location south of Ellsworth from my neighborhood in N Woodside late at night, and chose not to hang out at busstops after dark- don't you read the crime report in the Gazette every week??? Don't give me an environmental lecture- I AM trying to patronize the businesses in SS, though I'm still finding many better places to eat in Bethesda. Red Lobster anyone?

Anonymous said...

Anon 1 - I read those crime reports religiously - please name the last person-on-person crime you know of happening in that neighborhood in the past year or more. I can recall none.
But I read of plenty that happen in and around the garages and shopping complex at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton. Maybe you should fear walking past/around there from Woodside.
If you are that afraid of South SS do stay home. Driving won't make you safer - actually it makes you a prime target of the #1 local crime in that neighbothood which is car break-ins and thefts.

Anonymous said...

Answer: posted Fri 2/22/08 on the WPCA listserv: "My wife was robbed while walking home from the Metro tonight at about 7 pm. She was on Colesville Road, crossing Noyes Court. A man came up
from behind, grabbed her backpack, and pulled it off. He ran up
Colesville toward downtown."

Springvale Roader said...

At night, the stretch of Georgia Avenue between Jackie's and Wayne Avenue is fairly desolate and dark. I have walked home from Jackies at night with my wife, but never without a good degree of apprehension -- and that's while being armed with pepper spray and a tactical flashlight, and maybe something else. Until that stretch of Georgia Avenue has more pedestrians and activity at night, I cannot fault anyone who hesitates to walk there for fear of crime.

Anonymous said...

Springvale- thank you. It just bugs me to be treated like an environmental terrorist because I choose to drive my car to DTSS.

Springvale Roader said...

Anonymous:

De nada. The thing is, outside of the DTSS central business district, much of the rest of our town is not set up for pedestrians. Regrettably, most of the United States was and still is purposely designed to benefit drivers, not pedestrians. The exceptions are old, densely populated cities like New York. Therefore, it is unreasonable to expect people to always walk when our society just is not set up that way. That needs to change, IMHO, but until it does, a person needs to do what they need to do, and for almost all of us, that means driving places.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully when the Hook and Ladder Brewery opens up in the old firehouse it will draw more pedestrians to that portion of Georgia Avenue and make people feel safer about walking from Wayne Avenue South

By the way, I walk down the other side of Georgia Avenue to Mayorga on a regular basis and have never felt at risk.

WashingtonGardener said...

How is a crime at Colesville & Noyes in any way related to that area of this discussion??

For those nervous on Georgia south of Wayne(though I walk it alone at all the time with no worries) - try coming down Fenton lots of foot traffic from Highland to Mont College and plenty of stops inbetween.

Anonymous said...

No crime in DTSS? Read this, which was also reported by the post:

http://www.gazette.net/stories/031208/silvnew194953_32361.shtml

Anonymous said...

Gazette link did not work.
I don't think ANYONE is saying there is no crime in DTSS -- on the otherhand, no need to be all paranoid and exaggerate things to justify not walking.

After all these diff. anonymous posts I have really no idea who is saying what to whom at this point.