I had the pleasure of attending a soft opening earlier this week with a fellow writer from The Hill is Home, and I am already excited to go back. This new restaurant was opened by the folks who brought us Matchbox who have strayed away from pizza and created a place that makes you think of an early 1920’s Prohibition Era coffee and ice cream parlor…but with a very extensive bar that serves up some very creative specialty drinks (the Jesse Clark, with chamomile infused scotch, orange marmalade and chocolate bitters was quite tasty), amazing milkshakes, homemade pastries, and a menu of comfort food that is sure to please. The decor is all salvaged from the old Philadelphia Convention Center, giving the restaurant a retro and grand look that is more than welcoming from the outside and in.
The menu reminded me of an upscale diner, serving things such as meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, sandwiches, chili, and a wide range of breakfast items. Ooh and the milkshakes. Samples of these were available at last week’s Taste of 8th event and were delicious. Along with traditional flavors, there is also an “adult” selection of spiked milkshakes that are dangerously tempting.
On to the important section of the menu: the breakfast menu, which is available all day long. When you first walk in, you first come to a pastry counter where Pastry Chef Erica Chirunomula serves up everything from muffins to snickerdoodles to homemade pop-tarts. If you would rather sit and enjoy your breakfast, you have plenty of options. Along with bottomless cups of coffee, other items that will satisfy that morning appetite include:
- The Big Mark Breakfast – 3 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, hash browns, toast and homemade pop tart
- Mark on an Off Day – 2 eggs, sausage or bacon, hash browns or toast
- The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito – sirloin steak, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cheddar, green chili sauce
- TUBS (Ted’s Ultimate Breakfast Sammy) – Texas toast, fried egg, scrambled egg, sausage, bacon, cheddar
- Fred’s Create Your Own (Smaller) Sammy – choice of bread, egg, meat, cheese and served with hash browns
- Nana’s Beer Biscuits and Gravy – served with your choice of meat and hash browns
- Jon’s Omelet – mushroom, spinach, and swiss cheese served with your choice of meat and hash browns
- Pancake Stack or Thick-Cut French Toast with Two Eggs
- House-Cured Lox and Bagel Platter
- A La Carte options include: sausage patties, thick-cut applewood bacon, country smoked ham, hash browns, cheddar grits, corn bread, toast, 3 eggs cooked your way, biscuits and a cup (or bowl) of gravy, yogurt and granola parfait, bagel and cream cheese, and mixed berries.
- They also advertise that they will bring the toaster to the table so your toast is hot and perfect every time.
I think Ted’s is a great addition to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and a very welcome addition to the breakfast and brunch options. Ted’s will open for breakfast at 7 am every day, and currently plans to stay open until 11 pm.