A good chicken fried steak (CFS) is hard to get around here. Honestly, after scouring high and low, I think you are better off staying home and making it yourself.
If, however, that doesn't seem like a good option, then Ted's sells what is probably one of the better CFSs in the area. Is it better than your Gam Gam's from back home? Nope, but it is a serviceable and edible version that will get the job done. It is long on salt and low on other flavors. It's better than the Longhorn Steakhouse version and way better than the frozen plastic wrapped bricks that you're going to get at Denny's or some similar place. When I ordered it, it came accompanied by some truly uninspired mashed potatoes and some corn so heavily seasoned that it was suffering an identity crisis. (There's nothing wrong with corn people...enjoy it.) I was happy to see that Ted's uses white peppercorn gravy on it (an improvement from a few years back when I was served some sort of abomination of nature that had --gasp--brown gravy).
Anyway, lest this sound too critical, my wife and I had a good time and a good dinner at Ted's and left happy. You probably will too. It's just hard to find a decent chicken fried steak around here. Time's they be a changin' my friends.
My qualifications: I grew up in Kansas, and traveled extensively in the Midwest, stopping at diners, truck-stops, and mom-and-pop restaurants that have elevated this dish to an art form. My aunt made the best one ever.
P.s. Don't get the mac & cheese.
Nice brunch choices... I had an omelette, but my friend had steak salad. We both enjoyed the yummy bloody Marys
Was fine. Nothing spectacular but solid.
Food is always good and the staff are very friendly. This is a nice casual place to eat.
It was good food at a convenient location. If you are looking for a value or for foodie creative food go elsewhere. Service was good, not outstanding. Food was good, not outstanding. Would I go back. sure!
Awesome food and amazing service. TD in Reston is a great place to eat and relax.
The day shift manager was so incredibly rude when we asked to be moved to stable away from the door. it was less than 20 degrees outside and the staff kept going in and out of the emergency exit door. At one point the staff member laughed and held the door open. We were freezing. Will NEVER eat at TEDS again due to how rude they treated us. And our food was cold and hard... but I was afraid to asked for something else as I did not want to be be-raided again by the manager or waitress...
Great food as always!! Love the feel and look of this restaurant.
Always great comfort food and NPR on tap 😀
The burger I ordered and corn beef hash my wife ordered is nothing to write home about. Local diners like Amphora is better
Great for families. Food is great, kids love it.
One of my favorite places to eat in Reston Town Center when I come down for work.
The Drew Burger is Awsome! Request it with fried banana. We were pleasantly surprised this visit that our server recommended the banana... not usually the case. With the sweet tomato chutney and peanut butter, this is a truly unique burger. This is a comfort food we’ll make a special outing for... yum.
Annoyed that my breakfast as delivered did not match my breakfast as ordered.
Took friends visiting from England to this restaurant on a Friday night. Our waitress was personable and helpful in the beginning. She offered recommendations for what to eat and had knowledge of everthing on the menu. I chose the restuarant because it had a good variety and I thought would offer choices for the vegetarian in our group. In our group of four, we had one order of the hummus salad (declared quite good), the meatloaf (no complaints), a breakfast selection and fried chicken. The fried chicken was OK -- the breading was not all that crunchy, needed seasoning and the meat was not hot when it arrived. It wasn't cold, slightly more than lukewarm but it was cooked all the way through. I ordered the Ted's tarts (which was another reason for selecting the restaurant). I asked for them to be heated but they were heated too much and all the filling leaked out which left the pastry empty and rather glued together. Not bad but a little disappointing. Things were not so bad that I wouldn't go again, but not as impressive as my first visit in the DC location.
Give me the homemade poptarts every day! If you're only in DC for a short time, you've GOT to get the homemade poptart! The brunch menu is small but great options to be had! Thanks for a great morning out!
Decent food,but overpriced for portion served. Missed my opentable check in and had to be contacted to resolve.
Ted’s Bulletin never disappoints. Great for families or small groups.
Small portion for the price paid. $6 to add chicken to a salad and you get one small thin sliced chicken breast.
Great service! Homemade tarts are fantastic. This was only my second visit, but I will continue to return until I am able to try almost everything on the menu.
Lots of fun comfort food. The waiter was attentive but not at all overbearing.
The outdoor patio is great, and there's some shielding from the passersby on the sidewalk, via various plantings.
I loved tge crabcake platter! I was there with my 85 year old father to celebrate Father's Day. He loved it! The wait staff was outstanding.
Nice atmosphere. The waiter placed my order correctly but the chef got it wrong, so I ended up with a side of broccoli I did t order. I really didn't want to be bothered today, but at least 3 people asked me how everything was. It seems like they are really seeking feedback.
The food was really bad.
Anything you order on the menu will be delicious. The Servers are always amicable, knowledgeable and attentive. Bulletins is one of our local favorites!
Great lunch as usual! My mom and I love coming here. Food is delicious every time and service is always great!!
Basic comfort food
I enjoy going here for lunch or breakfast. They have a diner feel and classic American food. The adult milkshakes are always delicious. The reason no have this place 3 stars was the waitress was super annoying. She kept suggesting things for us to order while we were looking at the menu and hovered when we were ready to order yet. I've also had other service before at this location where the wait staff took forever to get us a condiment or water, etc.
Always enjoy the experience here. Food is very hearty and delicious. If portions matter they have large portions so get your stomach ready. The servers are very friendly.
They're homemade pop tarts the best! Not too sweet and perfection! A must have.
Make a reservation or arrive ahead of time as there is always a line. It's worth the wait.
This is great place for a regular meal. Good somewhat unique food items on the menu. The service was great and the restaurant was in great shape and clean. The milkshakes and deserts are one of the hidden treasures is this place.
Ted's always delivers. We were celebrating my daughter's bday and the waitress Stephanie did a nice job helping us enjoy the evening and even brought over a "bday" pop tart! Very fun night - great job.
We are Ted's regulars - love the scrumptious comfort food, great service and fun atmosphere. And of course the homemade pop tarts are beyond delicious. Then there's the alcoholic milkshakes...
Teddy was our server and he was fabulous! Would definitely come back.
As always, fun & food fab!
Always enjoy the food at Ted's. It's not cheap, but it's well-made and delicious no matter what you get! The tater tots are awesome and the short rib sandwich is delicious. The breakfasts are also wonderful. So hard to decide what to eat! Can't beat the location too. Right in the heart of Reston Town Center. The service is also very good.
This is an overall nice place. I have had breakfast and dinner here. Overall the breakfast is 5 Star - cant beat the pop tarts. However, the dinners fall lower in terms of overall quality and value.
Great location for breakfast. Food was wonderful. Loved the giant cinnamon bun. It was definitely as large as my head. Staff was very nice and helpful.
Nice old time feel with solid menu choices. Menu was full of comfort food with an all day breakfast option. I had the reuben sandwich with fries and it was a hit. I felt the portion of meat vs. sauerkraut was perfect. I could have used a little more dressing, but overall a very good sandwich. Fries were to die for. Will be back to sample more on the menu.