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“won't be going back here--ever”
Review of Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes
Ranked #17 of 233 Restaurants in Westminster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $9
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast
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.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

the service was poor and so was the selection--they discontinued cottage cheese and the manager or whatever she was wiping up the spills was rude-NOBODY took away the used plates--had to ask for it

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Thank Judy G
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This can be an OK option. But every visit to this place makes me "homesick" for the former greats that used to provide much better salad-based buffets in this area.

I've now been here three times – twice alone and once with the spouse. If one signs up on their Website for “Club Veg” and watches other promotions, one can beat the not-so-good-value “walk-in price” of ~$10 at lunch and ~$12 for dinner (base price plus tax, but not including drinks or other extras). Indeed, I can't really recommend Sweet Tomatoes as being competitive value at that walk-in price. But some of the promotions can make for rather better value...

The location of this particular unit is a bit out-of-the-way, and may be challenging for visitors to the area to find. It's one of those building sites that's tucked in (via a somewhat obscure suburban byway and another couple of roads) behind freeway exit ramps and frontage roads. So get the exact location, and plot it out on a good mapping tool. I hope you give yourself enough time for the journey if you're planning to arrive toward the end of lunch-time pricing – or you might get lost and arrive a few minutes into higher dinner-time pricing...

Compared to the heyday for salad buffets 2-3 decades ago, the salad line here is relatively short and bare-bones:
1. A small selection (4, to be exact) of premade salads (like Caesar),
2. The basic raw makings for your own custom salad (lacking any niceties like shrimp, ham, or chicken – perhaps as some of the more basic such things are sold as “extras”),
3. A few other premade things like macaroni and/or potato salad,
4. A complete lack of things that characterize more upmarket salad bars (like deviled eggs or pickled herring), and
5. Then you're at the cash register. Here you pay for your meal, and get cups for any drinks and other extras that you might purchase.

=> BTW, by studiously blending the premade salads with additional ingredients from the “create your own salad” raw materials – then adding a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar – I wind up with a pretty pleasant-tasting salad concoction. Ingredients were generally fresh looking, and tasting. (Indeed, to us, the best thing about this place is that they stock a somewhat greater variety of fresh veggies and other salad fixins than a typical family might want to keep in their home.)

You then segue to the dining area and choose your table. Here's where one regrets the lost opportunity presented by the location of the restaurant building - which is at the top of a small hill overlooking the Colorado Front Range. Views to the west are largely obscured by thoughtless building design – but you can sneak views of the Front Range from one table on the western side of the dining room - and in good weather can go outside to one of the 3-4 tables there (which have always been - very strangely for this area - unoccupied. Why is this? Coloradans will crowd outdoor tables in summer - even if they are located in quasi-drudge locations like median strips of freeways..). Partially obstructed views to the north could have been rather better, also, with more careful consideration to such views in the design of the building. Yeah, I know. Many of us are here to “pig out” on “healthy food.” But the location could have offered really pleasant views, with a bit of thought by the building's designers. Definitely a missed opportunity – perhaps brought about by “cookie cutter” corporate building designs.

You're then free to wander into the other part of the resto – where soups, breads, muffins, one simple "pizza" (which was salty and heat-lamp dry), one simple "focaccia" (ditto), three simple pasta choices (all made rather cheaply IMHO), fresh fruit, and sweet deserts (like soft ice cream with sugar sprinkles and heat-lamp-warm double chocolate baked concoctions) are available. Some of these are overly sweet, some of the soups (e.g. chili, and "French onion") are overly salty. But careful sampling might find some choices that are freer from salt, sugar, and fat than competing mid-market (or slightly below mid-market) area competitors like Country Buffet, Golden Coral, or Wishbone. Definitely below levels of lost-and-lamented former local choices from the past (e.g. Healthy Habits, or the fondly remembered Boulder Broker). Shucks, even Bonanza steakhouses of 15-30 years ago had more choice in their salad bars though I certainly don't miss their jello with “Reddi/Cool-Whip-like topping”...

One oddity here is the small selection of fresh fruit and possible accompaniments. This section seems to get very little attention – other than a bin containing jello and another bin containing something resembling that Reddi/Cool-Whip-like topping which has been nearly empty on each of my visits so far. On the most recent visit the selection included cantaloupe and honeydew melons (both a bit unripe), cut strawberries (a tad over-ripe), and tapioca pudding. The pudding was pleasantly not over-sweetened – and which went very nicely with the strawberries – perhaps comprising the most tasty concoction the place. My spouse and I seemed to be the only people in the place taking any of the fruit. Is this poorly patronized section retained so that Sweet Tomatoes can demonstrate that it has healthy options beyond its basic salad line?

The plates in the salad bar area are about the size you might expect. But those in the soup-pizza-pasta-desert section are tiny. Presumably, these help the restaurant to minimize losses from people piling larger plates sky-high with “stuff”, then eating only part of such “stuff” to leave the rest as wastage. So: (1) 1st thought is that those plates are inconveniently small, but (2) 2nd thought is that the reason behind the size of those plates is sensible.

1. If you have a craving for a salad bar with at least minimal very basic choice available,
2. Plus hope for a couple of other things (soups, very basic pastas, sides, and desert options) and don't mind the variable quality of those other things,
3. And have a coupon for a promotion that gets you acceptable value,

This place could do the job. But 10-30 years ago, you would have had much better choices in this area.

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1  Thank EarthlingOnline
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

My family of four ate lunch at this location on April 5. We only go to this buffet once or twice a year during lemon month. The rest of the year it's really just a salad bar to me but lemon month has so many wonderful things.

First let's start with the salad. Summer Lemon Tossed Salad with Spiced Pecans. This salad is so good. It has cranberries and bleu cheese and a tangy dressing. I don't even like bleu cheese but it's fantastic in this salad. I had 3 plates of it! Second they have Lemon Cream pasta with capers. Wow...really good although I wish the pasta was a bit more al dente. It needs more chew; not so soft. For dessert they have an ice cream machine. I got swirl chocolate and vanilla with chocolate sauce. So good.

My husband goes for the soups and pasta usually but this time he made a traditional salad. The kids like the pizza and mac and cheese. Dessert is ice cream for everyone.

The restaurant is clean. It never fails that the girls at the check out are never friendly. They don't greet you with a smile. It's all business to them. For my family of four, with 2 kids under 12 and a 1/2 off entree coupon I got for being in the Veg Club, the lunch was $33 before tip to the dining room person. I find that to be a bit much for lunch with kids. They eat very little.

We'll go back but only in April for Lemon Month.

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Thank MileHighGirl
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

I went there with my Family for lunch on a Saturday since it was near my hotel. The place was packed, as expected, but we were able to get in and seated quickly. The main feature is the huge salad bar, but there were a variety of home-made soups and fresh breads to choose from. Pasta and a baked potato bar was also available, but who had room for these. There was fruit, Jello, pudding, and dessert as well. All for a great price. Very enjoyable if you want to eat healthy. The staff was very helpful.

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Thank ltorgy
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

A large variety of salads, and salad toppings are available at their 40ft long salad bar. Items are all very fresh and have bright colors. Drinks are also available. Then you can enjoy 6 choices of hot soups, also chili,pizza, fresh breads, as well as several pasta dishes. It is mostly vegetrain food, but the children can find plenty of choices. They also offer fresh fruits and soft serve ice cream with several toppings. Sunday brunch is another option. A favorite of ours is the hot baked potato bar with all the toppings available.

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Thank Wayne M
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