The wife and I ate at Sweet Tomatoes (twice) for the first time during our trip to Orlando. This Sweet Tomatoes is located in the Crossroads strip mall location just north of the Radisson Hotel we were staying at. We found it by just querying top rated places to eat in and around Orlando. The initial appeal was that we wanted to find a somewhat healthier option to the fried & greasy food we were expecting to eat a lot of during our WDW trip and stay within budget. ST fit this criteria easily.
Both times we went, it was past the dinner rush (>8pm).
This ST is located somewhat deep in the strip mall and we circled a bit (at night) before finding it. There was plenty of parking though.
ST has a casual atmosphere. It's buffet style dining with multiple stations where you can grab different types of food and go back for 2nds if you want. You have to wander to find your own seating. We never had a problem finding a seat as it's a fairly large place (tho, we did eat late). There were booths and tables you could stack together for larger groups. All the plates were plastic.
You enter ST in the salad bar area (two aisles, same on both sides). They have both premixed salads and items to make your own. I found the some of the premixed kind of limpy. The item selection to make your own was excellent IMO. At the end of the salad bar, you then encounter the cashier; which I kind of thought was a bit of an odd location.
Beyond the salad bar were a number of other stations. There was baked/jacket potato section that had all the fixings: butter, sour cream, real bacon bits, green onions, cheese, etc. They also had a choice of regular potatoes and sweet potatoes.
The was a bakery section with a handful of topped foccacia breads.
A "Kitchen Favorites" section had a couple of pasta options (eg. mac & cheese and cajun penne) to choose from as well as steamed veggies and white rice.
My favourite section was probably the soup section which had a selection of four soups (which I think rotated daily) and toppings to boot.
The dessert section had a frozen yogurt machine with toppings and a handful of other items like brownies, puddings, etc.
Lastly, there's a drink station where you self serve water or other types of drinks that you can opt to pay more for.
All the food was very solid in the confort/homey variety.
As you can see by the food options, this place probably isn't ideal for a carnivore. ST is not void of meat as there are bits and chunks in the salads, soups, and toppings; meat is just never a main dish. Vegetarians can also easily avoid the meat.
Service was fine. I only gave it three stars because IMO, it's kind of difficult to wow CS in a buffet style place. The stations seemed to be stocked consistently. Some things did run out but were restocked relatively quickly. The stations were kept fairly clean (again, keeping in mind it's a buffet). Empty plates were taken away from our table relatively quickly. Interactions with staff were cordial.
We paid <$10pp for ST which we thought was great value since we were able to stuff ourselves with enough variety to keep the mouthfuls interesting. You can probably find some cheaper buffets and salad bars but they'd probably wouldn't compare as well in terms of quality and selection.
ST isn't a drive out of your way place to eat but if it's along the way, it's an excellent healthier option that's good value.
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