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“Not what you think”
Review of Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes
Ranked #50 of 857 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $9
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not what you think”
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
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Love this Place”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Been to Sweet Tomatoes many times. Always terrific for lunch or dinner. Food is always fresh with a large variety of salad fixin's with additional pre-made salads (like caesar, pasta, broccoli & chicken wonton), 'homemade' soups, fresh made pastas, baked white & sweet potatoes, bread, muffins, pizza, ice cream & toppings, fruit and sugar-free chocolate mousse (delicious). Buffet style with excellent, quick service for pick up of trays and used plates, bowls, etc.

  • Visited April 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very poor”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

To go to a salad bar in the state of Florida and to be severed the vegetables that I was severed is terrible. Tomatoes soft and mushy, bitter lettuce, barely any cold salads like potatoe salad or coleslaw etc. when I got to the pasta there was none, none empty bowls and some goober standing behind them. The bread was fresh and deserts were good. I'll pass next time. Use to be a great place to eat.

  • Visited April 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love the food. Strange entrance.”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

You start by walking in and picking up a plate, you do not pay until the end of the salad bar. Strange if you have never done this before. It's a great take on soup, salad and potato. The three basic light fair things for people who are diet conscious. Loved the variety, organic and fresh food option.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Yvonne G
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Rotonda West, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Visited here many times for lunch and the food is consistently good. I love the freshly made salads and the range of 8 soups available are always tasty. Together with the pastas, breads and ice cream sundaes you cannot go wrong for the price. Give them a visit next time you are in town, they deserve it and it will be a nice treat for you!

  • Visited April 2013
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