Walking into Ted’s Bulletin 14th Street in Washington, D.C. is like every little fat kid’s dream. As soon as you walk in, you see home style cakes and homemade pop tarts (aptly called Ted’s Tarts) being assembled. Then you look at the milkshake list on the wall and you realize that you’ve literally walked into heaven on earth.
The decor is very chic, with an almost art deco vibe when you walk in the bar area. Then you walk back to a beautiful dining area that’s well lit by a large open skylight. It’s as if you took a diner and made it trendy.
Ted’s Bulletin was started by Ted’s two sons, Mark and Ty, who wanted to honor their father, Ted, who loved bringing people together with food.
We came for dessert and milkshakes and we left wishing we had come there to eat our other meal. The menu has diner comfort food staples on it and from the looks of it, the food looked incredible.
The desserts were fun and well executed. I like to think of this place as a high-end diner. The Ted Tarts were house made tarts that had a buttery flaky crust. When you bit into the tart you were met with a fresh fruity jam filling that varied from mixed berry to strawberry. The strawberry tart was outstanding, the fresh strawberry jam immediately hits your palate. You’re left with that great taste in your mouth of buttery crust and strawberry filling.
We tried the brown sugar tart, this was somewhat of a letdown. Not because of the flavor, but rather it needed more filling. It felt too much like I was eating a shortbread cookie than eating a filled tart. That was the trend with a few of their other tarts we tried, delicious, but not quite enough filling.
If you get the tarts, get the strawberry one.
The milkshakes were what you envision a perfect milkshake to taste like. We ordered a peanut butter milkshake, which is an underrated flavor by the way, the shake had a creamy rich consistency without being so thick that you couldn’t drink the shake. The peanut flavor was strong but not overpowering, it left a pleasant peanut flavor in your mouth akin to eating a PB & J sandwich.
Overall, I’m glad Ted’s Bulletin 14th street isn’t close by.
Why? Because I’d weigh 400 pounds because I’d go there all the time. They have a few locations, 2 in D.C. , 1 in Maryland, and 2 in Virginia. I would definitely recommend going here to try out their menu, if anything at least get a dessert.