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Ted's Bulletin in Washington DC

There are so many restaurants in DC area. Being an avid Twitter user, having many food-loving friends, and receiving countless PR pitches, I hear about the latest greatest restaurants all the time. And when I do, the hype and praise gets to me. And I form high expectations. That's just how I am {regardless of whether it comes to restaurants, dates, movies, books, etc.}.

The latest buzz has been about Ted's Bulletin located minutes away from Eastern Market. In fact, I've tried to eat at Ted's Bulletin a few weeks ago, but the line was too long. This past Saturday, however, I got together with my friends Sarah and Christina, with whom I completed the Avon 2 Day Walk in 2009, and decided to have brunch at Ted's Bulletin.

First, the restaurant doesn't take reservations--that is they don't take reservations unless you want to eat there from 7:00 to 8:30 in the morning. I just don't understand that. I suppose they are popular enough to do as they please.

When we showed up at Ted's Bulletin at 11:30 on a Saturday, the wait was 50 minutes. We decided to wait. Although the inside of the restaurant is absolutely stunning (check out the gallery), there were too many people (including kids) waiting inside, so we made our way outside and enjoyed the unusually sunny day. We also got to see how Ted's Bulletin makes their own pop tarts.

Finally, our names were called and we were ready to eat! I really liked the menu: creative, quirky and old fashioned.

To start, Christina ordered one of Ted's Bulletin's milkshakes: Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana. She loved it! Not being a huge fan of peanut butter or bananas, I still decided to give this milk shake a try: after all, look how amazing it looked! My impression? It completely lived up to its name.

For some reason none of the breakfast dishes on the menu screamed my name. Perhaps it was because by the time we sat down it was nearly 12:30. I decided to get a burger. My decision wasn't easy as there were many tantalizing options. I settled on the Southwest (West Virginia) Burger. It was served on a sesame seed bun with avocado, roasted red peppers, green chile sauce and white cheddar. It looked amazing!

But what is more important is how it tasted, right? Sorry to disappoint y'all. The burger was a bit dry. But the bun and the toppings were good. As were the fries. Not much to add here.

Sarah ordered biscuits and gravy and said this was the best version of the dish she's ever had in her life. That's some high praise!

Before we finished chatting, said our good byes and went on with our days, Sarah and I decided to order a pop tart. The flavor we chose was cherry and omg it was oh so good! The pastry was sweet and crumbly, the filling was piping hot and it was so pretty to look at. The only thing I would have changed was the addition of sprinkles. I'm just not a fan of them.

All in all, we had a good time at Ted's Bulletin, but my hyped up expectations weren't entirely met. This, however, is most likely my fault.

If you live in DC and have been to Ted's Bulletin, what did you order?


Unknown said...

Oh gosh, it all looks so good, sorry it wasn't all up to scratch. That pretty pop tart makes me think that I need to try making them already. It's been on my list for ages.
*kisses* HH

Paige said...

yum yum, I love Ted's Bulletin. I actually really love their cobb salad. such a classic, satisfying version. also had the mocha kahlua adult milkshake. highly recommended!

random note-- their website is awful. i googled "ted's bulletin dc" and their website wasn't on the first page of results. embarrassing for them! your post about the restaurant came up 4th, though :)

Sylvie said...

I really want to go to this place for the shakes.

I've heard mixed reviews. Many were disappointed by the food. That it came out burnt, etc.

The raves that I have heard are for milkshakes. I want!

Unknown said...

I love sprinkles! And yes, I want to go and just have a shake and some pop tarts with sprinkles!!

K said...

The shake looks delicious!

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Your pictures always make me so hungry!

LB said...

Wow - 50 minutes? The longest that I've waited was around 20.

Of all the things I've had at Ted's, I really do like their milkshakes (esp. the Grasshopper?). Their food is okay, but not unique and therefore, it's difficult to say which dish stands out to me.

Debbie B. said...

I loved the idea of homemade pop tarts but agree that they weren't anything special! Haven't had a sit down meal there though!

nicole said...

I agree with above posters -- shakes & poptarts seem to be the way to go. When it first opened, I went to Eastern Market and there was no line! I should have eaten there then instead of Belga Cafe (where I found a hair on my food). Now the word's out and I've missed my opportunity.

I agree with you on the sprinkles -- they really loaded them on. Maybe they should use a lighter hand with them?