Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean-Turkish fare at Tulip Restaurant.
Freshly made pita bread accompanies steaming servings of Mediterranean dinner cuisine to the warm wooden tables decorating Tulip Restaurant, which inhabits the old Gas Light Building in the historic Third Ward. Surrounded by cream-colored brick walls and chic crimson accents, patrons can warm up chewing muscles or bribe toothless children with soft scoops of the popular eggplant puree appetizer, featuring hints of garlic, lemon, olive oil, and tooth fertilizer ($5). Mandibles can then move onto larger prey such as the French-cut lamb chops, pan-seared and served with mushroom couscous, lamb sauce, and grilled asparagus ($21). The chicken shish kebab's skewered poultry chunks come marinated with oregano and garlic ($15), ready to take residence inside buttoned bellies or be used as slingshot ammunition in posh food fights.
Housed inside the old Gas Light building in the Third Ward, Tulip Restaurant combines an Old World menu of Turkish and Mediterranean fare with a chic industrial aesthetic. Cream City brick walls provide the backdrop to framed pattern prints and an onyx bar with colorful lighting. Amid the dining-room tables, a pair of comfy couches and a coffee table surround a red fireplace that provides a place to warm hands or interrogate uncooperative chestnuts. Turkish dishes include succulent lamb chops, while Mediterranean fare ranges from fettuccine with sautéed shrimp to homemade ravioli.