I fell in love with this restaurant chains style & food while visiting 2 of their restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. I've never eaten in the same place 3 days in a row, but the Sarasota Sweet Tomatos were that good. I went online to learn more about them and to see if they had a franchise program available, because I noticed they were always packed with folks while their surrounding restaurants were empty. Well, they don't offer franchises yet, so I'll have to settle for being a patron for now.
When I returned to my homebase, Miami, I looked them up locally and found 1 of their restaurants in Kendall, in the Town & Country Mall. It is located in a very populated area and is somewhat close to the student-based population of Miami-Dade Community College South Campus where there should be lots of healthy eaters. The T&C Mall is not the closest to the college, nor the most convenient with it's heavy traffic. The Mall, since it's creation, has seen a lot of businesses come and go. It has only recently pulled in national hotel chains and restaurants on its property to stay afloat. The location is a badly researched decision and such a good restaurant deserves a better site.
After dining, we decided to walk around and found ourselves alone in this open air mall with the exception of a security guard. Pretty depressing local.
Now, about the restaurant... unlike their Sarasota counterparts, they informed me that they serve the Clam Chowder soup on Fridays only. In Sarasota, the most popular soup of the 6 or 8 that they served, the Clam Chowder soup, was available all week.
The Kendall/Miami Tomato instead serves 2 varieties of Chili based soups.
The Cream Of Broccoli and a Potatoe-based soups were not impressive either.
Now, inorder for me to savor my favorite soup at this restaurant, the Clam Chowder, I'd have to ask for a Friday off at work. Does that sound right?
The rest of our experience with the friendly staff, cleanliness and food was GREAT.
The only problem that I saw was the SOUP selections that did not attract many "takers" and in that respect, the management failed to enrich our dining experience.
In my Sarasota Tomato reviews, I could not find a single thing wrong with their restaurants. Those should be used as a measuring stick to judge your "Sweet Tomatoes".
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