Last month when N was visiting from San Francisco, we decided to have a happy hour + dinner at Reston Town Center. Sachin works nearby and I'm not too far off, so that location worked perfectly. Plus, it gave us all an opportunity to go back to Il Fornaio (a staple!) and check out Ted's Bulletin (finally!).
Il Fornaio is hands down our mom's favorite Italian restaurant, at least locally. She loves that they make handmade pasta and we've gone there for quite a few birthday dinners. But, this time since we went for happy hour, we didn't quite take on any large pasta dishes, but instead shared this delicious thin crust pizza. The Fradiavola Pizza is topped with sausage, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella, with peperoncino oil drizzled over the top. The dish is the perfect amount of spicy and full of flavor. And, of course, since it was a hot night out, we washed it down with a few glasses of a sweet Italian white wine.
Rating: A The only reason it doesn't get an A+ is because that honor goes to the best local Italian restaurant, Filomena Ristorante (forever in our hearts!).
Once we were done with happy hour, we figured lets keep the food tour rolling. None of us had been to Ted's Bulletin before, and while I was more intrigued by their breakfast menu, I figured checking out their dinner couldn't hurt. On arrival though I was happy to find that you had access to breakfast, lunch and supper all day long. Unfortunately we were all disappointed by our entrees. N and I shared the Meatloaf with Mingo County Ketchup Glaze - not good. Honestly, I didn't even bother to take a picture of it, it was that disappointing. I think I'll stick to my mom's meatloaf!
Sachin ordered the Popeye Chicken Burger, which is topped with spinach, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and a Boursin cheese spread. It tasted better than the meatloaf, but I wasn't exactly impressed.
A bit of a disappointment as far as their Lunch + Supper menus go, but I think I would still go back to try their Breakfast dishes - I mean they had biscuits and gravy, I'm sold. We didn't leave too upset though, because the highlight of the meal was definitely the Homemade Pop Tarts (we got Strawberry - classic!) and the Adult Milkshakes (the coconut one is fabulous).
Rating: C for Lunch + Dinner / B for Pop Tarts + Milkshakes