Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

This summer, Alex and I have been lucky enough to have our weekends filled with quite a few visits from friends. This weekend, our friends Joe and Hillary came down from Brooklyn to stay with us and see the sights of DC. Between going on a double date run, visiting the Air and Space Museum, and shopping on U Street, we had quite a few fabulous meals out.

I've been wanting to check out Ted's Bulletin in Eastern Market ever since Emily (from the ever fantastic A Cambridge Story) and I stopped in for a homemade Pop Tart when she came to visit in February. A go to diner is one of the things Alex and I have yet to find in DC, so I thought, maybe Ted's would be it.

First tip to getting a great brunch at Ted's on the weekend? Go early. They take reservations, and I would suggest making them, but, it's also nice to get up early and beat the rush of overworked parents and their tiny tots that fill the restaurant at 9 o'clock in the morning.

When we arrived at Ted's we were seated right away and brought menus and coffee cups by a very nice waitress. We took in the retro chic atmosphere, which looks some where between a 1950s diner and a luncheonette sandwich shop. Then, we settled in with our newspaper like menus, which include classic favorites like Biscuits and Sausage Gravy and Pancakes. What a great way to start the day.

Though it seemed a little early for dessert, the boys ordered milk shakes, Alex: Oreo, Joe: Chocolate. Both of which were huge and intensely delicious. Hillary and Alex also sipped bottomless cups of coffee, and I had an apple juice, which was surprisingly large, not like the tiny juice glasses that you get in regular diners

For breakfast, I had the Pancake Stack with Hashbrowns and Two Eggs which the waitress kindly allowed me to substitute for fruit.

Alex had the The Big Mark Breakfast which included 3 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, hash browns, toast and homemade pop tart, he chose strawberry.

Both meals were super delicious, but if I had to make one small criticism it would be the density of my flapjacks. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was on point, but they quickly became a rock in my stomach only allowing me to enjoy about half of my stack. But I'll live. Longer probably.

Alex couldn't quite finish his meal either, so he took his Pop Tart to go, which I asked to have a Brown Sugar Cinnamon one added to. Both were enjoyed immensely later that afternoon.

Over all our meal at Ted's was super delicious and lots of fun. Our waitress was awesome, making us feel like regulars, even on our first visit. I will definitely be back. Next time, maybe for one of their Monday night pasta nights.


  1. Will you ship some of those pop tarts to me?! The full menu looks just as good!

  2. I would delight in a bathtub full of Oreo milkshake. Also, the sausage was fantastic.

  3. I have not had a milkshake (or a pop tart) in ages!! This is making me crave for it big time!

  4. LOVE Ted's Bulletin. Those brown sugar pop tarts are insane.

  5. Great photos!!! I did not love the food at Ted's. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing? The hashbrowns look amazing!