Looking for a healthy alternative to everyday fast casual eating? Sweet Tomatoes has 7 locations in the Phoenix valley that are conveniently located.
In Total, Sweet Tomatoes/Soul Plantation has over 97 restaurants. With a HUGE salad bar, soft drinks, pasta bar, potato bar, pizza bar, fresh made from scratch soups, bakery, fresh fruit and soft serve ice cream, Sweet Tomatoes is sure to be a hit from a casual business meeting to a family meal.
We visited the Sweet Tomatoes location in Desert Ridge. Sweet Tomatoes is located in the west part of the complex and has parking right in front. Inside, you’ll find an industrial look with a flair of fun. The dishes, bowls are all naturally brightly hued-green, reds and oranges. The salad bar has designer specialty made salads to choose from, or you can make your own salad with tons of different fresh ingredients. Two lines of the salad bar made the line flow smoothly. I had “eater decision shock” as there were just so many delicious fresh ingredients to try.
I settled on a salad with spinach and garbanzo beans. My kids picked up croutons from the salad bar. HA! Well, that’s kids for you. We knew they had pizza, and that was what they were craving. We also picked up a few cups for drinks too. Pepsi products are available, as well as Iced teas, coffee and hot tea, and lemonade. There were also some bottled beverages at the salad bar.
Dressing options with Calorie counts.
My kids loved the pizza and potato bar. My kids of course choose “Cheese Pizza”. They are my kids, after all! The Pizzas were a medium thickness crust plus and had three different options. Next to it was the potato bard. There were baked potatoes and sweet potatoes with toppings like sour cream, chives, bacon bits, cheese and butter. The potatoes were split in half!
Next to the potato bar was a pasta bar with different types of pastas-and of course a kid favorite, mac and cheese!
The soup bar was my favorite.
I really enjoyed the corn chowder and ham. Oh my goodness. I went back about three times for that and the Asian Broth with crispy noodles. You can find a yummy soup recipe at the bottom of this post!
My kids really enjoyed the dessert bar! Bakery fresh muffins, fresh fruit, brownies, soft serve ice cream and toppings were available to satisfy the sweet tooth.
There were many different seating options at Sweet Tomatoes, from tables to booths and long benches as well. The seating was very farm friendly, with lovely greens, oranges and splashes of reds with a more woody but industrial look. The staff was very friendly and helped clean up plates as you filled up more delicious food.
I was very impressed with Sweet Tomatoes an their offerings. Family friendly, fresh food made from scratch is the types of foods that our family’s bodies crave. My husband and I really enjoy our salads during the hot weather, so this was the perfect destination for this week’s hot, hot, hot days. The menu does change so the soup and salad offerings aren’t always the same. You can check out their menu for their latest offerings. Everything is buffet style as well, so it is all you can eat, even the salad bar!
Plus, during the summer (2018) Sweet Tomatoes is offering “Kids Eat Free” every Tuesday! Kids 10 and under can enjoy Sweet Tomatoes for free with each paying adult. Senior citizens can also eat for 8.29 each day from 2-5 all summer long.
Sweet Tomatoes has also partnered with Pepsi to give away a cruise for four to Hawaii. Guests can purchase a beverage to receive a scratch off for entry for a limited time (2018)
If you are looking for a fast casual, fresh dining experience good for the family, business meeting or a casual meal with friends, I suggest you check out Sweet Tomatoes in Desert Ridge (Phoenix), Arrowhead (Peoria), Scottsdale, Gilbert and Tempe!
Chesapeake Corn Chowder w/ Bacon
Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.
February 4, 2008
3 cups ½” diced russet potatoes Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender but not mushy.
8 cups water Drain potatoes and flash cool in ice water. Save for later.
2 ¼ cups ¼” sliced celery In a pot, sauté the ingredients for 5 minutes.
1 ½ cups ¼” diced brown onion
¼ lb margarine or butter
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup white flour Add flour and stir. Continue to cook for 5 minutes on medium
heat. Stir often to prevent burning.
5 1/3 cups water Add ingredients to pot. Blend with a hand held blender until
4 tablespoons chicken base smooth.
1 tablespoon ham base
4 cups corn Add ingredients to pot and bring temperature to 200 degrees.
3 ½ cups whole milk Simmer for 10 minutes.
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup creamed corn
½ cup ¼” diced red bell peppers
¼ cup real bacon bits
2/3 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon dry rosemary* *Crush the rosemary before adding to the soup.
¼ teaspoon dry thyme
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley Add ingredients to pot. Simmer 2 minutes. Season to taste
Cooked russet potatoes from above with salt and pepper.
Yields approximately 1 gallon