Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sweet Tomatoes

Today's post comes from our newest resident blogger, Katie.  If you missed our Facebook announcement, we've entered into a partnership with Discovering The Southern Part of Heaven, and we're pretty excited.  Here's a great place to eat with kids (the description kind of reminds me of Souper!Salad, which my family loves!):

Last weekend, we headed over to Lake Crabtree County Park with H to check out the tot lot.  After all that playing and exploring, we were all ready for lunch.  With no picnic packed, we started trying to decide on lunch options.  And in our family, this is a big deal.  Gone are the days of going into any restaurant with our peacefully sleeping baby in a carrier.  We are fully into the days of needing a restaurant with tables and seats that are easily wiped off, and an atmosphere where a little noise doesn’t matter, but we didn’t really want to go straight for fast food.  Veggies would be great!   So, we headed for Sweet Tomatoes in Cary. 

Sweet Tomatoes was just what the doctor ordered for our post-park lunch.  While it might not top my list of  exquisite date night choices (really, they bill themselves as family-friendly, so I don’t think there will be any hurt feelings there), it certainly tops my list for a family friendly restaurant with plenty of veggie options! My husband and I both got huge salads (the premise of the restaurant is soup and salad, with some extras, like pasta, bread, baked potatoes and dessert thrown in), and H had some fruit, veggies, and his favorite, mac and cheese!

Here’s what to expect:  You serve yourself—the main part of the restaurant is one gigantic, and well stocked, salad bar.  After you’ve loaded up on salad, you pay at the end of the line.  There is a set price for adults (see details below), and children 2 and under eat free (yet another reason it would top my family friendly list).   Once you have paid, you serve yourself drinks and can pay a visit to the hot bar (pastas, soups , breads).  There is also a limited dessert bar—usually ice cream, pudding, jello, etc.   It isn’t exactly cheap, but honestly, you might just pay the same about for fast food, and if you are a big eater, it is all you can eat.

Seating is booths and tables, and there are plenty of high chairs and booster seats.  H had lots of fun making eyes at the little girls sitting in the booth behind us.   

Sweet Tomatoes
www.souplantation.com
2310 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27518

Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm
Adult Prices:  lunch (11-4, $8.89 per person)
               Dinner (4-close, $9.89 per person)
Children’s Prices (remain the same regardless of time)
                         2 years old and under:  Free
                         3-5 years old $2.99
                         6-12 years old $4.89

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