Ted's Bulletin

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505 8th Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA
tedsbulletin.com - (202) 544-8337

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alexindc alexindc
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Diner style food in the heart of Barrack's Row Apr 09, 2011
Located in the heart of Barrack's Row, Ted's Bulletin has been attempting to emulate a 50's diner for about a year now. In many aspects, the attempt has gone very well; the atmosphere is friendly and deliberately old school; the food is classic American home-style. In other aspects, it disappoints, mainly in the price. However, if you have a few extra dollars to spend on meatloaf, it's worth a trip.

Ted's opens at 7am every day, and on weekends, is generally packed by about 9am. Upon entering, the first thing one sees is their house baker hard at work making their homemade poptarts, twinkies and other delights. These treats are available to go from the bakery counter, along with coffee, lattes and cappuccinos. There's also a bar in the front room, which is first come first server; in other words, if you see an open seat, snag it quick. The bar offers the full menu, as well as an entertaining view to the mixing of the specialty old school cocktails, milkshakes (both classic and "adult") as well as the coffee and the bakery. Beer selection is limited to Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Light, and cans of 21st Amendment, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life and Schlitz. I've never actually seen anyone order the later, but apparently it's available.

The dining room is loud, but comfortable and features 40's big band and jazz music on the PA, with a constantly changing display of muted black and white movies on the projector at the front of the room. This sets the tone for the menu, which is breakfast all day (the mushroom, spinach and swiss omelet is exceptionally delicious), and a lunch/dinner menu available after 11am. The menu features classics such as burgers, sandwiches and dinner entrées such as herb roasted chicken, meat loaf, country fried steak, fish and chips spaghetti and meatballs, and steak, amongst other classics. It's a bit pricy for a purported diner, but as I said, it only attempts to look like a diner; after all, it is located in high priced DC, on a strip that has very high real estate prices.

If the prices were lower, I'd probably eat here all the time, as the food is actually quite good. But times are tight, so the high prices keep me from going back as often as I like. Still, it's worth checking out if you have a bit of money to spend on classic diner dishes and a damn good milkshake.
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