The entrance to Bread and Tulips is just a hostess stand plus a downstairs stairway. I wasn't sure what to expect when we descended, but the seating area was warm and inviting with lots of wood and exposed red bricks. Soul jams pumped throughout the restaurant, and I loved the planter full of baby chili pepper plants.
Out of the six shared plates offered, the Crostini with foie gras, pickled blueberries and toasted almonds piqued my interest most. By itself, the foie gras was kind of boring, but the bright flavor of the pickled blueberries really took it to the next level. I would have liked the bread to be crunchier, but the toasted almonds helped keep the textures playful.
The fried green tomatoes were out of this world. So fresh and crisp, I could have eaten a whole plate of just those. We also found what tasted like fried lemon. It was ridiculously refreshing, especially with the lemon aioli. The chickpea panisse was a little too mushy for my taste. All in all, I liked bits and pieces of it, but the Fritto Misto was just too greasy.
I do think I'll go back to Bread and Tulips, maybe just not for date night.