Sure, the name is kinda girlie, but there's a guy, Steven Jarrett, manning the stove at this pint-sized, dinner-only place, and he's cooking the kind of food that pleases adventurous women as well as meat-and-potatoes men. Perfect for date night, Tulips has ample
space between the dozen or so tables distributed among several dining areas. The noise level is low and the service is unobtrusive, ideal for spending quality time with somebody you really like. Do try the green chile and lobster spring roll with passionfruit dipping sauce, one constant on the frequently changing menu. It's light and bright and full of unusual flavors. And get the buffalo chile relleno if it's offered-delicious. Organic, local ingredients are often showcased here, especially in summertime salads and appetizers. Dinner entrées sound simpler than they are, taking the intimidation out of ordering and putting a few surprises on the plate. There's almost always a beef tenderloin and maybe an elk steak among the entrées, but the vegetarian choices-like quinoa- and feta-filled Swiss chard pockets-are among the most adventurous choices. The homey, fruit-centric desserts are not to be missed.
222 N. Guadalupe St., 989-7340,
. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. $$$