Young and Hungry

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: The General Store

1245274367_m_DG_Generalstore-1Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard the stories about General Store customers feeling as welcome as guns in the Wizards locker room. The truth is, I’ve stood there at the counter myself and felt the storm clouds roll in, as chef Gillian Clark and business partner Robin Smith performed their jobs with a tight-lipped austerity, as if actively trying to subvert the country quaintness of this eatery carved out of an historic Forest Glen post office. Maybe the pair is trying to redefine the hospitality business. I don’t know. I don’t care all that much, either. Clark and Smith appear to channel all their energies toward the kitchen, not their customers. If that imbalance leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you’re likely not General Store material. I’ve learned after multiple visits just to accept that Clark’s warmth is hidden inside her dishes, whether her lightly dressed tarragon chicken salad sandwich or her chef-driven take on a Philly cheesesteak. Hell, her buttermilk fried chicken, all crunch and salty savor, is proof that a big, generous heart beats behind Gillian Clark’s moody public persona.

6 Post Office Road, Silver Spring (301) 562-8787

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Ron

    Just about everything she cooks is amazing. Unfortunately, the pair's eccentricities have certainly tempered their relevance among good restaurants in the area.

  • Timmy

    Can anyone help with the hours of the General Store? My Bro in Law has tried to go to brunch their two times in the past two months (11ish on a Saturday and at 11ish on a Sunday) and it has been closed.

  • Timmy

    I hate homonym typos. Sorry about that.

  • Tim Carman

    According to the General Store page on Myspace, they've changed hours for the summer:

    Category: Food and Restaurants
    It seems like Summer is here in full force. Whether we like it or not the next 6+ weeks are going to be hot and steamy. A lot of you are planning your escapes, so The General Store has decided to make a couple changes so we can "weather" the summer. Beginning next week (July 12th) we're going to Summer Hours. We'll keep these hours through Labor Day:

    Monday - Closed
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm to 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00 pm
    Sunday Brunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    In addition to our changing hours, Chef has planned a Happy Hour menu at the Tavern for Thursday through Saturdays nights from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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  • Timmy

    Thanks Tim. A summer schedule makes sense. I guess I will be doing an 11:30 brunch on Sunday!

  • sara

    fried chicken at Hershey's is better.