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“Lots of choices and good cost.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes
14080 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33912-1632
(239) 489-1150
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Ranked #30 of 673 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Price range: $1 - $9
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
Description: Sweet Tomatoes features made-from-scratch soups and salads and handcrafted muffins, Focaccia, breads, and desserts. The menu is built around freshly made, great-tasting, wholesome recipes with a 55-foot salad bar full of fresh, seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Sweet Tomatoes provides its guests with an excellent value by offering unlimited access to its entire menu of high quality fresh items at a fixed price.
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Lots of choices and good cost.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

The types of salads and choices of topping were amazing. We loved there baked breads and muffins. Delicious. The soups were okay and the fruit was a small selection. We loved the sundaes for dessert. We would go again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a chain that we found recently in FL and have enjoyed both visits there. You start at the salad bar as soon as you enter and then pay. It is not by weight--just fill your plate and pay. If you are senior there is a discount, so be sure to ask for that. After paying you find a seat and then can help yourself to the pasta bar, the pastries/breads, and at the end there is a "build your own sundae" with soft serve ice cream. All for under $10. It is busy here and for good reason.

Service is hard to mark because there is little. It's primarily a self serve restaurant. Folks did come along and remove dishes as they were emptied.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“excellent buffet, well-cared-for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

lots of fresh veg selections, incl regularly replaced prepared salads, excellent baked goods in nice small portions, lush baked sweet potatoes. Food not over-salted as in so many other places. Particularly enjoy chunky chicken soup, chili, Mex meatball soup, pot pie soup.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Coral, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great for kids and browsing a line of salads”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Good prices, LOTS of tables, very kid-friendly. If you like fresh salads with all the trimmings, give it a try. You make your own selection. They have breads, soups, pizza for the kids, and desserts too. On a budget? Go here.

Visited June 2012
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not what you think”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

First, I like buffets and I like salad. Heck, I am amazed with Ceci's. So, I am not exactly a food snob.

This place will not meet expectations. Their web site leaves the impression it is a high end veg/salad/soup buffet with good pasta. NO WAY. Falls FAR short of the $10.50 plus $2.30 drink fee. If it was $5.50 I'd say it was a good value.

The salad bar is a basic as it gets. Just standard green fare. The most exotic it gets is peas. No whole olives, artichokes, tuna, no cheese, no sliced eggs, etc, etc. Just greens, carrot, pease, an few other standards. Again, it's a good $5 salad bar. Pizza hut salad bar or Wendy's is a bit better. Not as long mind you, but better. Don't let the length fool you, it is a whole length of dissapoinment. A trail of tears, so to speak.

The pasta "bar". Has ANYONE ever seen mac & cheese in a pasta bar? I mean in the place where they "make it fresh" in a fry pan? Baked in a warming tray - yes. But in a pasta bar???

Plus, this mac & cheese was awful. I am not kidding; Kraft is better. If I give you a spoon of their "cheese" - blindfolded - and the word cheese comes out of your mouth I will GIVE you $100. I saw them "make" it. They took macaroni from a pot - not from boiling water, mind you, from a pot. Then they ladled this yellow goo on it. Done. The other two "bar" offerings? One was empty with a "we'll make it for you" sign. Great - one guy came by once and made more mac & cheese. The other pasta was cold. BTW, my 14 year old daugter did not finish her Mac & cheese. Now you don't know my daughter, but this is very damning evidence nonetheless.

They had "chicken teriyake salad". I stood there with the thongs and assumed the chicken must be at the bottom. No. There was literally ZERO chicken. Zero. You needed a Parts Per Million system to detect any. Maybe even PPB. The bread was the small muffins you see at Sam's club. The soup. If you like Progresso - ---go buy some! 'Cause this is not as good. I mean it.

There's more, but you get the picture. No wait, the fruit area had ONE fruit. Some sliced cantelope. I am not making this up. The rest was jello and a bowl of tapioca (Tapioca is made from the root of the casawba plant, so no, you can't count it as fruit.)

I wager the the only repeat male customers are henpecked husbands and guys with serious heart problems.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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