My Favorite Florida Eatery
On my recent trip to Florida, one restaurant chain stood out for both taste and value – Sweet Tomatoes (also known as Souplantation in some areas). We happened into it one afternoon after rejecting the nearby Italian restaurant we’d been considering.
When we walked in we were greeted by a salad bar several feet long, and this on its own would have been enough to keep us happy. Not only did it have a huge selection of fresh individual salad items (including a couple of things I’d never heard of), but it included three lettuce based salads, two pasta salads and potato salad. You could put as much on your plate as you wanted, though we discovered that if you were too full of salad you would miss out on the other items on offer. To accompany your salad you could choose from water, iced tea, lemonade, strawberry lemonade and soda.
At the back of the room was a section where you could choose from three hot pasta dishes, get a jacket potato, pick up some Italian bread (two varieties), select one of six soups and pick one of three desserts. You could get unlimited refills on all of these – and the drinks – for just under $10. What a great deal! We didn’t even have to worry about losing our table while getting refills, as there are cards on the table which say ‘I’ll be ripe back’ to let staff and others know that the table is occupied.
Even my normally finicky six year old enjoyed the novelty of being able to choose what went on her plate, and we enjoyed the delicious, healthy food.
Top picks from my family include:
- Cheese focaccia (my daughter loved it)
- Black bean soup
- Cornbread muffins
- And of course, the salad
We liked it so much that we went back three times while we were in Dania Beach and will definitely be going back on our next trip to Florida.