Neighborhood: Two locations: Capitol Hill and 14th Street/U Street
With a need for dinner up around 14th and U in hand, and a brand-new, sparkling Ted's Bulletin waving its hand at us within eyesight of the intersection, Official Co-Writer/Fiancee of DCWD Texas and I headed over to the brand new edition of the Capitol Hill restaurant.
Admission: I haven't yet been to the original version. In fact my basis of comparison here, much like my general standard for the entire restaurant explosion of the 14th Street Corridor, is from being a resident. Over the last nine years of the city, and the last three+ as a resident of the general neighborhood, seeing older run-down shops turn themselves into big-block, mixed-use anchors is altogether startling, exciting, and interesting.
Ted's Bulletin is one of these. For the life of me, I can't remember what used to sit on that block, only that now the ground-level restaurant occupies an incredibly large space a block from its sister restaurant Matchbox. The space itself is apparently larger than the original, the product of a full-service bakery and bar as you enter. The interior decor is like a high speed collision between a diner and a 1920s bar (a la across-the-street Bar Pilar): vintage paneling meets deli letterboards, mustard yellow button-tufted upholstery meets swivel pedestal bar stools and refurbished schoolchairs, a metal tiled ceiling and art deco light fixtures meets painted exposed brick and several projections showing The Wizard of Oz. Beige, the aforementioned yellow, chocolate brown, and black is the palette of choice throughout the restaurant, from the simple bar and bakery upfront, to the main dining area in the back, which consists of a row of counter and kitchen seating, a ring of half-booths, and three rows of booth-style table seating.
The menu at Ted's Bulletin is large and varied, and hews more to the diner side of the things. To wit, breakfast is served all day, lunch and dinner start at 11am, and the pickings (in most ways, thankfully) hedges its bet by being bigger and greasy-spoonier. Texas and I split an Apple Pie milkshake, loaded with a mix of actual apple pie filling and Bailey's. As noted above, our first shake arrives with what appears to be an incredible load of coconut, and our second corrected shake seems bereft of the promised crushed graham cracker, which acts as the crust. Still, the shake is admirably thin, unlike the sludgy, hard-to-slurp milkshakes at other more speed-oriented places.
A fun and friendly restaurant that caters to the family-style, and delivers good refined diner-type food. Once it settles in, definitely worth repeat visits, whether for the hangover breakfast or the group dinner.
Food Rating: **** (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Suits Scene
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)