Ted’s Bulletin: Summer Stacks

The clump of berries and chocolate tasted like a clump of berries and chocolate.

Ted’s Bulletin in Washington D.C. boasts about their homemade Pop-Tarts, “Ted’s Tarts”, but because I am a rebel I ordered the pancakes. The pancakes come with eggs, hash browns, and a choice of meat. You can add blueberries, strawberries, or chocolate chips. If you’re into decadence like I am, you can choose a combination. I went with both chocolate chips and strawberries.

The pancakes arrived in a solid stack of three. For a moment I was concerned they had forgotten the semi-critical chocolate chip strawberry components. A quick check of the underside revealed they had not. It also revealed a messy clump of berries and chocolate. I did not find it aesthetically pleasing, so there’s no picture of this jumble.

The pancakes were good, but not great. The clump of berries and chocolate tasted like a clump of berries and chocolate. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not outstanding. I have had chocolate chip strawberry pancakes done right. It’s tricky but not THAT tricky. The strawberries could have been cut into smaller pieces and spread out more. The batter could have been a little less chewy and a little more on the melt-in-your-mouth side.

Overall, this is a fun breakfast place. I’d come back, but probably to try “Ted’s Tarts”. I can also recommend following it up with truffle popcorn and frosé at Commissary, but you have to watch out for that one creep who interrupts your afternoon with your friend and nearly reaches his hand into your popcorn bowl.

JUST THE STACKS – 7/10 TASTY STACKS

Overall Taste: A solid “good,” but I didn’t swoon over these.

Mouthfeel: A little on the chewy side. Not the good kind of chewy.

Size: Adequately sized especially since they were served with several other breakfast items.

Presentation: Messy on the underside, pristine on the top.

Price: $10.95 – $13.95

Location: 1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009



King’s Pancakes: Too Much Blueberry?


If you want a pancake that tastes like an over-sweetened piece of cake, go with the blueberry compote option.

I stopped at King’s Pancakes in Garden Grove (just outside Anaheim) on the drive home from a week long work conference. I was exhausted and in desperate need of vegetables but I wasn’t thinking clearly and thought I needed pancakes instead. King’s Pancakes offered several decadent pancake options including Cinnamon, Strawberry Banana, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

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I went with the Blueberry Double Pancakes which are served as a stack of four buttermilk pancakes filled with blueberries and covered with blueberry compote. They are further topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. The pancakes themselves are fluffy and rich tasting. The blueberry compote was unnecessarily sweet and overpowered the great natural buttermilk flavor. If you want a pancake that tastes like an over-sweetened piece of cake, go with the blueberry compote option. I tried to push most of it to the side, but the damage was already done. Also, I don’t know why adding whipped cream to a stack of already sweet pancakes is necessary though it was aesthetically pleasing. Overall, I felt like I was eating a stack of sugar, which made me full but also vaguely nauseous. I think these would have been quite good without the super sweet blueberry pile on top, and my rating reflects this.

Just the Stacks – 7/10 Tasty Stacks

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Overall Taste: The blueberry compote made these too sweet for me but the pancakes themselves were very good.

Mouthfeel: Sugar saturated, and not in a good way.

Presentation: Delightful. There was an instant smile on face when these were set down in front of me.

Size: A medium stack of four pancakes.

Price: $8.59

Location: 9742 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841