by Maria Kim
Living on campus can hold you back from exploring new dining options, especially since swiping your student ID card is so convenient. But, if you’re getting tired of diner meals, the not-so-fast food at Stamp or the same old carryout options on Route 1, there are countless affordable restaurants that are metro accessible in D.C. One of your new favorites will be Ted’s Bulletin 14th Street.
If you hop on the metro, you can take the green/yellow line straight to U Street Station, which is only seven stops away from College Park. From the station, it’s a mere five-minute walk to the best down-home cooking in the area.
Ted’s Bulletin is the perfect contemporary American diner. Whether you want to start your day with something light, satisfy your guilty pleasures, meet someone for a casual lunch, or go out with a group of friends, Ted’s is enjoyable for every occasion.
If you’re in the mood for breakfast, there’s the Greek Parfait that’s filled with layers of thick, creamy Greek yogurt, sweet fresh-cut berries and crunchy homemade granola—and it’s not even $6.
If you had a rough Friday night playing, then drag yourself out of bed on Saturday morning and get The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito: chunks of sirloin steak, crispy hash browns and scrambled eggs are stuffed into the tortilla as a spicy green chile sauce smothers the top, leaving you feeling shamefully satisfied.
In all honesty, though, the Corned Beef Hash and the Bone-in Grilled Ham Steak with red eye gravy are the perfectly balanced breakfast meals full of original flavor.
Lunch and dinner options are introduced at 11 a.m., four hours after opening, and served all day long. Hearty soups ($4-$7), refreshing salads ($7-$14), gourmet sandwiches ($10-$15) and unique burgers ($11-$13) make up the majority of the lunch menu, but every item is created with such careful precision that it’s impossible to choose one.
Ted’s offers the usual suspects, such as chicken noodle soup, cobb salad, the reuben, sloppy joe, club sandwich and burgers, but all with a deliciously homemade twist. And for the burgers, guests are welcome to choose beef, chicken, turkey, or even veggie burgers, so there’s something for everyone. If you’re feeling nostalgic, try their award-winning homemade tomato soup and famous grilled cheese sandwich.
Dinner entrees get a bit fancier, but are still extremely affordable (starting at $15) and comforting. The Skippers Platter Combo (beer-battered cod, fried shrimp and the best old bay hush puppies I’ve ever had mixed with real lump crab) could easily fill you and offer leftovers for only $19, and the cajun-style gumbo with shrimp, chicken and a spicy andouille sausage with delicious cornbread is definitely worth its $15 price.
Meatloaf was never my favorite, but the one at Ted’s with the tangy, original ketchup glaze is absolutely divine, along with the perfectly crispy gorgonzola brussel sprouts and creamy mashed potatoes that are served alongside. If you’re eating with a close friend, opt for the whole rack of apple and hickory-smoked pork ribs to split for $29.
We’ve covered breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I have to spare a few words for their amazing bakery and innovative milkshakes. Ted’s makes an array of homemade pop tarts that blows Kellogg’s out the park, with unique flavors like peanut butter bacon and blueberry cheesecake, along with huge glazed doughnuts that barely fit on the plate.
The milkshakes are to die for. They get even better in the adult versions too, complete with a dash of coconut rum, Bailey’s, raspberry schnapps, or good ol’ Kahlua (but only if you’re 21 and older, of course).