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Zagat Buzz has a good little blurb about this place ... have been eyeing the progress with every dog-walk down 8th Street and it's looking pretty good. Breakfast all day floats my boat, anyway; we'll see how the rest goes.

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Zagat Buzz has a good little blurb about this place ... have been eyeing the progress with every dog-walk down 8th Street and it's looking pretty good. Breakfast all day floats my boat, anyway; we'll see how the rest goes.

We've been doing the same thing - the sign looks cool, and the interior is extremely nice. Looking forward to both this and the chesapeake room ( think that's what it will be called) in the near future.

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got a quick tour of the interior today. It is a beautiful spot, marble flooring, pressed tin ceilings, distressed brick and big booths in the back.

The front room will be a mini bakery/pastry shop. Hi-lighted by a walk up window to the outside for milk shakes.

They are hoping to open with-in the next two months. Can't wait to see the finished product

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I believe they're about to move into "friends and family"/soft opening phase, with the opening to the public being maybe mid-to-late next week.

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I believe they're about to move into "friends and family"/soft opening phase, with the opening to the public being maybe mid-to-late next week.

There's a sign on the door today saying that they'll be doing an invitation-only soft opening tonight, with a public opening "soon."

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Hi there! I'm the writer from The Hill is Home. I talked to Perry yesterday and he said that they were hoping to be open "the latter part of this week" but weren't yet sure of the day. I opted to just say "this weekend" rather than sending readers over there to be disappointed that it's not open.

I hope that Tom is right and that it opens for breakfast tomorrow morning - the homemade "pop tarts" are calling my name!

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Knowing it would be busy, we wandered down to Ted's Bulletin last night for dinner after reading the menu that's now posted online. Despite arriving around 7:15 on a lovely Friday night, we only waited about 30 min to be seated. Our service was horrible (we waited a good 10 min before our server came to our table, we had our appetizers before we even got water, we waited at least 20-25 min between apps and entrees and we saw our server very infrequently) but the food was good enough and the place cute enough that we'll chalk it up to being new and will certainly go back. I'm a big fan of the decor (especially the ceilings in both rooms) and love the TVs in the bar area.

We ended up ordering way too much food, but there was so much we wanted to try. The +1 had to get a cup of the World’s Best Chicken Noodle Soup ($3.29) which was very tasty, but a bit lacking in the noodles. Plenty of chicken though. I had the Green Green Salad of Home ($6.29 ~ Romaine, egg, cucumbers, tomato, onions, croutons *tossed lovingly with Green Goddess dressing) although I substituted the Creamy Bacon Vidalia Ranch dressing. This is a very generous serving size, and also includes a bunch of kalamata olives which weren't listed on the menu...and I don't like olives. But the salad is set up like a chopped salad (lettuce is dressed then the carrots, cukes, tomato, egg and olives are arranged in little sections around the plate) so I was able to push aside what I didn't want. The croutons were excellent, but I was a little disappointed in the dressing. Not a lot of bacon or onion flavor coming through.

The +1 had the Braised Beef Short Rib Sammy ($14.29 ~ Grilled cheese bread, Vermont white cheddar, arugula, red wine gravy *served with “bowling alley” onion rings and pickle) which was enormous and excellent. He actually ended up taking half of it home because half the sandwich could be a meal to itself. The beef was so tender and all the flavors worked well together. There were only maybe 3-4 onion rings on the plate, but they were also very good (and didn't suffer from the common problem of the onion all pulling out of the breading when you bite in). I went with the Buttermilk Country Fried Steak ($15.29 ~ Crispy fried sirloin steak, black pepper white gravy *choice of two sides) which was also a huge serving. There were a few bites on the edge that ended up being just "fry" with no steak, but that doesn't mean it wasn't tasty :D . They were out of the brussel sprouts with bleu cheese and bacon :lol: that I really wanted, but my sides ended up being good. The Mac and Four Cheese w/ Andouille seemed to be lacking the advertised sausage, but I certainly didn't miss it. It was creamy and delicious and the toasted bread crumbs on top offered some good texture. The Braised green beans w/ bacon were good, if not out of this world.

For dessert we had to split a shake, and went with the Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana ($5.99). A shake for close to $6 is a bit steep, but in addition to the glass they also bring out a half full metal mixer with the leftovers, so one is plenty to split between two people. The banana flavor was a bit overwhelmed by the PB and chocolate, but it was still a great end to a very good meal.

The blueberry pie, carrot and chocolate cake and cookies also looked good up in the display case and the homemade poptarts were too cute! The burger and fries we saw come out also looked worth trying, as did some french toast on a neighbor's plate. Lots of stuff to head back and try!

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Stopped in for lunch today and sat at the counter. It is obvious the place is new. The service has that hyper-actively attentiveness of a just opened restaurant - well meaning if not always well executed. I could hardly get in the door from the exhuberant host trying to shove a menu in my hands and welcome me. I must have had someone cheerfully ask me if everything was ok every 45-60 seconds for the first 10 minutes I was in there. I also got to watch the staff bicker with each other (although fairly good-naturedly) about which duties belonged to the "bartender" (who must be responsible alcoholic drinks and food orders at the bar) and which to the "barristas" (who I take it are responisble for the coffee and milkshake orders.) Apparently neither were responsible for keeping my water glass filled - after the first 10 minutes the initial burst of hospitality must have faded as I seemed to have started blending into the countertop.

I got the Country Fried Steak with white pepper gravy and mashed potatoes and braised green beans with bacon as sides. The green beans were fairly unremarkable - perhaps slightly overcooked but nothing to really recommend them pro or con other than that. The potatoes were also serviceable but nothing to plan a trip around.

The steak itself was probably 4 oz of meat (and I am being generous in that estimation) pounded to about 1/8" thickness then surrounded by about 1 1/2" of breading. The breading wasn't bad, don't get me wrong, but there was just SO DANGED MUCH OF IT. At first I was just cutting off slices that ended up being absolutely nothing but breading until I realized I needed to trim off quite a bit of it if I had any hope of getting some meat flavor out of the dish. It was topped with a rather meager dribble of white pepper gravy (especially when compared with the ginormous portion of fried starch that is was on top of.) I asked for some more gravy on the side and was given about 1/2 oz in a small salad dressing server. Alas. I am sure there are more promising things on the menu, but at least for now I cannot recommend the place for this dish at least.

I got the obligatory shake to go on my way out. It was tasty and thick, but Good Stuff Eatery does a better job a few blocks away (even if I am not a big fan of pretty much anything else there)

All in all, I think I will give this place another 2-3 months to settle before I head back again.

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A trip to Ted's this afternoon for lunch has me eager to return, despite not being wholly satisfied with what I ordered. The Braised Beef Short Rib Sammy grilled cheese bread, Vermont white cheddar, arugula, red wine gravy ($14.29), served with onion rings and pickles, was good, but could have been better, especially for the price charged. The short rib was extremely tender, and sandwiched between two slices of beautifully crisped up bread, grilled cheese style. However, despite all the flavor brought by the red wine gravy, it needed a touch of salt, and besides the arugula, there wasn't quite enough filling: the cheese wasn't prominent enough to hold the sandwich together, or to offer significant flavor, and the (slight) lack of meat meant that the edges of the sandwich were simply semi-dry bread. As for the sides, the 3 slices of pickle were fine, and the 3 small onion rings -- breaded, not battered -- were delicious, but a really skimpy portion, and also in need of salt.

Despite these small misgivings, overall I was happy with the experience. Service was good, and the place has successfully achieved a neighborhood vibe. And I'm looking forward to trying more of the menu (a burger a few seats over looked pretty awesome, as did all of the baked goods in the case by the register). Some of the prices seem a little unjustified, and most could probably be knocked down a buck or two, but that isn't enough to stop me from giving them another shot or two very soon.

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I must have missed Gennaro by a couple hours, because I was also in at Ted's today for a late lunch, and I have largely the same sentiment - I really want to go back, even though I wasn't blown away by everything I ate.

First off, let me say that I absolutely love the space and the whole retro-type theme they're going for. It could've been really easy to go way over the top and make the whole thing come off as kitschy, but they stopped just short of that point.

I opted for the Rachel (turkey, cole slaw, thousand island dressing on grilled marbled rye) ($12.29), and I'm not sure if it's the difference in protein, but I didn't have any issue with a lack of meat or any other fillings. The turkey was flavorful, and their thousand island dressing was about as good a thousand island dressing can be. The bartender remarked that he ordered that all the time, and I can see why - it's a damn good take on a turkey reuben. I got a lot more fries than it sounds like Gennaro got onion rings, but they weren't anything special, and I ended up leaving 1/3 to 1/2 of them on my plate.

I finished with an Oreo milkshake ($5.99) on a recommendation from my bartender, and this was a mistake. At the end of the day, there's not much you can do to make an Oreo shake particularly special. On top of that, it was way too thick (yes, there is such a thing) - I ended up eating pretty much the whole thing with a spoon.

The end result, though, is that there's enough on the menu that's worth exploring for me to want to come back, especially in a space that's warm, inviting, and just damn cool.

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What time does lunch start? I'm having trouble finding that info on the website, and every time I think about it seems like a bad time to be calling them on the phone.

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What time does lunch start? I'm having trouble finding that info on the website, and every time I think about it seems like a bad time to be calling them on the phone.

11, I believe, and I think at that point you can order anything, not just the specific lunch items.

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11, I believe, and I think at that point you can order anything, not just the specific lunch items.

Yes, the "Supper" menu lists that it starts at 11am, so that would include the lunch/sandwiches too. Just a heads up that they are not doing breakfast all day every day at this point. On my first trip on a Friday night they were serving it, but last night (a Wednesday) they were not. The Rachel sandwich was very tasty, and I am a big fan of the brussel sprouts with bacon and blue cheese. The ribs, however, were a little bit dry and my friend and I were not big fans of the baked beans (the sauce was too tomatoey and a bit sweet). I think I'm going to stick to the "lunch" portion of the menu in the future since the two sandwiches I've tasted have been quite good, while the two supper entrees have been more average. I do like that you can sub any of the sides for fries as well. My S'mores milkshake was a great end to a meal, but I've got to remember to split a shake in the future and not drink one myself (too big!). Our waiter, Donald, who is normally a bartender, was fabulous!

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Yes, the "Supper" menu lists that it starts at 11am, so that would include the lunch/sandwiches too.

Thanks for the responses. I guess this means the time is listed on the Supper menu at the restaurant, since I still don't see it on the online menu anywhere. The Lunch menu looks the most appealing to me of the various meals they serve.

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Over the weekend, a friend and I stopped in for breakfast. I loved the hash browns. It's been quite a while since I've found a place that serves them the way I like them. The rest of the food was good enough. My eggs were overcooked, but I think that was an ordering mistake on my part. My friend enjoyed her pancakes, eggs, and hash browns more than I did my meal cobbled together from sides.

The doorway that leads from the front counter area to the dining room and kitchen does not seem wide enough to accommodate all of the people moving between those two areas. Perhaps it was an especially busy time, but the pastry chef was running back and forth with baked goods, while waiters were bringing food to the counter from the kitchen, all while an increasingly long line of people stood at the doorway waiting in line for tables. It seems like they're going to need to do something about the traffic flow as they settle in to their routine.

Since I dislike what they've done with the website (excessive retro kitschiness), I was pleasantly surprised at the looks of the actual space. I hadn't looked in during the late stages of the rebuild. The retro element is much more subtle than on the website, and I think it works pretty well.

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Six words: Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Milkshake. Yum.

(I just wish I hadn't gotten one before work tonight)

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I want to love Ted's Bulletin, but I'm not quite there yet. I've been four times now and overall it's been hit or miss (mostly miss in terms of service).

The Good:

Breakfast - French toast, pancakes, eggs and hash browns were all really good. I especially love shredded hashbrowns that are nice and crispy.

Dessert - The three shakes I've tried (chocolate, PB and banana, Oreo and S'mores) have all been really tasty, and even though they are a bit expensive, you do get that extra mental container along with your normal shake glass. Definitely enough to split with a friend. Last night we also got the chocolate and peanut butter cake and it was very very good. A HUGE slice (easily split between 3-4 people) and rich and tasty without being too overwhelmingly dense.

Brussel sprouts - Having twice had the brussel sprouts with blue cheese and bacon, I consider this side a winner.

Sandwiches - The braised short rib sandwich and The Rachel I liked a lot (others, to be mentioned below, not as much)

Decor - I still love pretty much everything about the decor in the dining room (except maybe how distracting the movies are that are projected on the wall)

The Bad:

Prices - I think that for the vibe that Ted's is going for, everything is overpriced. A breakfast sandwich or burrito for $11-12? Burgers/chicken for $12? Plain grilled cheese with tomato soup for almost $10? Milkshakes for nearly $6? Each of these things should be a good $2-4 cheaper than they are and would be at a much better price point. That being said, it's been crowded every time I've visited, so I guess people don't care.

Chicken sandwiches - In theory I like the fact that you can sub out burgers for chicken in the burger section, and some of the topping combinations sound pretty interesting. However, both my +1 and I ordered chicken last night only to find the breast small and severely overcooked. The toppings on both were fine, but the overall sandwich was pretty "meh."

Service - Only once out of the 4 visits have I had a truly attentive server. The other times we've had to wait a while for attention, flag down a server to ask for things and waited quite a while to get food. Nothing ridiculously egregious, but just enough that we've taken note each time.

Will I go back? Probably. But I'll definitely be pickier about what I order.

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Made a second trip to Ted's for breakfast this time. Had the Biscuits and Gravy and another swing and a miss, I'm afraid. The biscuits, while having a nice crust and buttery flavor, suffered from both an overly baking powder-ish tinge as well as from being a bit overly dense - not quite to the hockey puck stage but definitely skirting the edges. The gravy was also a bit thick - on the edge of being gloppy. The scrambled eggs were rather flat, a bit tough and pretty bland.

The lone redeeming feature was the hash browns - nice and crisp on the outside while still having a nice smooth texture inside to contrast. Perhaps some of the better hash browns I have had in years.

All in all, though, I agree with New Foodie above: I want to love this place but just can't yet.

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The lone redeeming feature was the hash browns - nice and crisp on the outside while still having a nice smooth texture inside to contrast. Perhaps some of the better hash browns I have had in years.

I loved the hash browns the first time I got them, and for this reason. They were the highlight of the meal. The preparation for them must have changed or something, but second time around was disappointing. They were both overcooked and greasy. There was little to none of the soft potato-ey element and they were crunchy...but still greasy. It turns out they pour butter over them after they are cooked. I don't know if they were finished that way last time and turned out better or if this is a new technique.

They have changed and shortened the breakfast menu a little, and the make your own breakfast sandwich (still on the online menu) I'd planned on ordering is no longer available. I ended up with more food than I wanted at a higher (only a little, but still) price point, and it was disappointing. The sausage was decent but more suited to a jambalaya than to a breakfast plate. The scrambled eggs were done omelette-style, which I don't necessarily mind, but they were an unappealing tannish color and just weren't very satisfying. Both the poached and scrambled eggs I've had here have been poorly executed.

I liked the bagel I had, and the service was good, right up until I got my change back, without the 50+ cents in coins it should have included. I wasn't in a good mood to begin with, and I just wanted to leave, so I didn't ask about the missing change. I get annoyed when it's a few cents I don't get back, so for that amount, I was risking losing my temper. Better to cut my losses.

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I stopped into Ted's Bulletin this past week on a weekday for a late lunch, and I had a great meal that contributed to an overall extremely pleasant experience. It was probably good fortune that I didn't go to the restaurant until about 2:00, because it wasn't very crowded and I was able to be seated right away. The decor is very thoughtfully done, but like others have noted, it's not too much. A lot of times having a restaurant with a really strong theme, if not executed properly, can be pretty cheesy. But I would call TB's decor and ambiance delightful, and even a touch whimsical. I also had very good service the entire time--nice, honest, attentive, efficient.

The food really hit the spot. I wasn't sure what to expect because while I really do like Matchbox, I have had one or two experiences there that were a bit off. But no worries--at TB's, I got the short rib sandwich, and I thought it was really delicious. It came with onion rings, and as an onion-ring lover (one of my favorite guilty pleasures) I was impressed. Onion rings are obviously a very greasy food, but bad ones will leave pools of grease on the plate. These didn't though--they seemed really fresh, not overly oily, and had great flavor. The sandwich and the rings made for a really satisfying and indulgent weekday lunch at a fair price.

To finish off the meal I couldn't resist one of the "adult" milkshakes, because I like any excuse to consume ice cream, chocolate, or alcohol, especially together. I know spiked milkshakes might sound silly, or like something packs of sorority girls would fawn over, but I was really surprised by how good mine tasted. It was the perfect ending to my meal. The consistency was spot-on--not too thick or thin, and there was plenty to share with my dining mate. I can't wait to try brunch here sometime. I bet it gets packed if the brunch food is as good as my lunch was.

Now I just wish they would open a second TB next to the Chinatown Matchbox, so I wouldn't have to cross town to get a fix!

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