Native Washingtonian 101 — Ted’s Bulletin

I have a new favorite restaurant in town – Ted’s Bulletin.

I’m not quite sure how to describe the old-style eatery on 8th & E Sts. SE. Parts of it feel like the 1930s, others like the 1960s. Either way, it’s old-school from the photos of the neighborhood years ago to the projector showing films from way back.

To me, restaurants are about three things – quality of food, service and price. Sounds simple, but getting all three at once is a rare treat that Ted’s delivered.

First, the service was superb. I made a reservation online for 5:45 p.m. and arrived at 5:35 with a few people waiting in the smallish lobby. Sure enough, we were seated by 5:40. The two servers brought the food quickly and didn’t forget us afterwards.

The menu is amazing. First, I’d heard of the homemade pop tarts and ordered two for five of us to try. They pretty much tasted like the ones I grew up on from the box, which is a compliment.

Next, we tried milkshakes despite knowing they were filling. I recommend the banana peanut butter.

Two of us tried Rachels (turkey version of a Reuben) plus grilled chicken, lasagna and a Reuben. Nobody was disappointed. My Rachel was huge. I loved their boardwalk-like fries.

The price was a reasonable $115 given five people ate a lot of food.

Would I go to Ted’s again? Absolutely. But at a busy time, I would make a reservation.

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