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Tulip - what do you order?

orangewasabi Nov 28, 2007 01:42 PM

I'm always surprised when Tulip gets lumped in with the "steak houses" of the city. I mean, I eat there regularly so I see that people do order the steak there but still, never think of it as a steakhouse.

Personally, I love it there, but very rarely order the steak - order the Porterhouse maybe once every year or two. Once in a while, when I am seriously protein deprived I'll get the Steak & Eggs. My favs are the chopped steak and gravy, the spaghetti, the lemon cream pie, the ceasar salad, and the jumbo burger -- I think of Tulip as 'down home' cooking.

What are your favs at the Tulip?

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    pearlD Dec 2, 2007 06:47 AM

    My husband's faves are the Chopped Sirloin and he swears by their Burger....I always have the Tenderloin Steak (8 times out of 10 it's as rare as I like it but sometimes it's been more medium which I hate!) I love the cole slaw!
    I think the Pies are not as good as they used to be, normally have the Banana Cream/Coconut Cream...they seem to be gelatinous (almost like 'hard' jello....YUCK!!)
    Hate to say but I think they are 'slipping' somewhat.

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    1. re: pearlD
      koknia Dec 2, 2007 07:38 AM

      I'm also a breakfast and burger guy there, but my gf loved the chopped sirloin.
      Ask for fried onions on the burg.

      1. re: koknia
        orangewasabi Dec 2, 2007 08:12 AM

        koknia, that's such a great tip! I always get them to grill the onion and tomato that come with the burger, it makes it just that much better.

        1. re: orangewasabi
          5andman Dec 2, 2007 06:28 PM

          Sure, the steak is a good value, but, I wasn't too impressed with the steaks.
          Tulip's a good place for breakfast or burgers.

          1. re: 5andman
            deelicious Dec 2, 2007 07:18 PM

            Tulip serves a great, inexpensive steak if quality and preparation (taste) are not priorities. In terms of atmosphere, don't expect a steak house - it is a diner. If it were a steak house it would be equivalent to Ponderosa in my opinion.

            1. re: deelicious
              EarlyDrive Jan 12, 2008 09:16 AM

              I have to agree with dee. I've been hearing about this place for ages and finally went last weekend. I had the burger which was very good -- nice soft bun and good beef. I'd have it again and it knocks places like Hero outof the park. My other half had the steak -- it was cooked well (rare, as requested) but the meat was almost entirely tasteless.

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      gadgetsue Dec 1, 2007 03:07 PM

      Fish and chips, Steak and eggs. (yum)

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        ascendance Dec 1, 2007 10:49 AM

        I'm a big fan of the steak and eggs. Probably the best dollar-to-protein ratio you can get, short of ordering three double cheeseburgers from McDonalds.

        1. rayrayray Nov 30, 2007 09:04 AM

          their homemade burger is also pretty delicious i have to say......but for me the tulip has always been a breakfast place.

          1. jayt90 Nov 30, 2007 08:08 AM

            Has anyone tried halibut and chips? Price is good for a sit down place.

            1. Finnegan Nov 30, 2007 05:24 AM

              Growing up we used to go their corned beef and cabbage special...I think they still have it on tuesdays(?)

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              1. re: Finnegan
                orangewasabi Nov 30, 2007 09:35 AM

                oh yeah, that's a good one -- I get that sometimes when it's the daily special.

                I miss the stuffed peppers too -- used to be Wed, I think.
                And if I'm there on Lasagna day we get that too

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                  Googs Dec 1, 2007 11:34 AM

                  Right you both are, Finnegan & Orangewasabi.

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                  snackboy Nov 29, 2007 06:25 PM

                  Hey Wasabi,

                  I too think of Tulip as a place for comfort food . . . I always get their steak sandwich with the homefries . . .and I always get an extra order of coleslaw (it's always very fresh) . . . I have also ordered the shepherd's pie which was quite good . . . For the money you really can't go wrong there


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                  1. re: snackboy
                    Connoisseur Nov 30, 2007 05:19 AM

                    Porterhouse or pork chops and finish with Banana or coconut crream. Always one of my fav's

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                    julesrules Nov 29, 2007 11:32 AM

                    Growing up the Tulip was where you might go if you couldn't get in a seat at the Diamond... am I showing my age?
                    Just curious since so many hounds seem to like the place - are the ingredients for things like the cesar and pies "real" and/or "homemade" - like real whipped cream, decent non-Renee's cesar dressing, etc? I am not aiming to criticize - just curious about the place.

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                    1. re: julesrules
                      orangewasabi Nov 29, 2007 11:39 AM

                      the cream on the pies is real, I dunno about the ceasar salad dressing (it's not renee's but I don't think it's real). It's not anywhere near fine dining to me but I like it's non-chain 'normal food' charm

                    2. Finnegan Nov 29, 2007 11:25 AM

                      24 oz. porterhouse...bets value for money in the GTA

                      1. JamieK Nov 28, 2007 04:57 PM


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                        1. Full tummy Nov 28, 2007 03:12 PM

                          The lamb shank special on Fridays and Saturdays. At around $10.00, it's probably the best-priced, tastiest, heartiest piece of lamb to be had in the city.

                          1. spades Nov 28, 2007 02:26 PM

                            I too have gone there dozens of times and only had steak once. I usually get the clubhouse or the spaghetti and meat sauce. The chopped sirloin is also surprisingly satisfying. To be honest, I can't put my finger on what the appeal is of this place, but I love it.

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