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Ted’s Bulletin owner Perry Smith and chef Eric Brannon sit down with Eater DC for a little Q&A, in which they address, among other things, the Barracks Row restaurant’s unexpected signature item: homemade pop tarts (City Paper‘s 2011 pick for “D.C.’s Best Childhood Favorite Turned Modern Day Comfort Food“). Says Brannon:

Originally, we didn’t know that was going to be such an item. The first couple of days we made 20 or 30 Pop Tarts and they were gone in 20 or 30 minutes. Now our production of Pop Tarts is thousands a week, to the point of people buying by the dozen, wholesale, a hundred for a party. On any given Sunday we sell about 500.

Not everyone finds Ted’s version of the classic Kellogg’s pastry so irresistible: President Obama, for instance, who recently paid a visit to the diner on 8th Street SE*. Says Smith:

He had already checked the menu out and he ordered his cheeseburger medium with fries and a side salad. We had Pop Tarts on the table. He commented on them and said, “Wow, these look pretty awesome,” but he didn’t eat one of those.

Photo by Scott Ehardt

*EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this post erroneously identified the address of the restaurant in Northwest D.C. Of course, the Capitol Hill eatery is located in Southeast D.C. The author regrets the error.