Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Turkish dinner cuisine at Tulip Restaurant on East Erie Street.
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 that speaks to local history. Within the restaurant’s cream-city brick walls, diners gather around appetizers such as the cold, mint-infused yogurt spread ($5) or whack at Turkish empanadas ($7) until they burst like piñatas of seasoned ground beef and herbs. Spicy meatball skewers ($14) and flattened lamb shoulders ($19) arrive with edible napkins of fresh-baked pita bread, and a garlic-and-yogurt sauce cascades down the ridges of house-made ravioli ($14) stuffed with ground beef. Chefs pile chicken and lamb kebabs, a meatball skewer, grilled meat patties, and lamb chops onto a plushy Ottoman grilled platter ($38) that seats or serves two.
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.
Historic Third Ward
360 E Erie St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202