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Favorite Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes Memory Contest

by admin on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 · 778 comments

in Company News,Events,Fun Stuff,Promotions

We’re still busy celebrating the 35th birthday of Souplantation and wanted to share some of our past with of you! In1978 the first Souplantation opened in San Diego and was credited as being the first casual eatery brand to serve fresh, wholesome menu options. Thinking about our history brought up some fun facts we remember about 1978:

One of our first coupons issued in 1978! (Note: We no longer accept this coupon!).

  • “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” was filmed in San Diego
  • Dan Fouts, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, finished the season with a rating of 83.0
  • The San Diego Padres won their season opener against the San Francisco Giants
  • The national average price of a dozen eggs was 48 cents
  • The movie “Grease” was released
  • Space Invaders, the arcade game, was released
  • Album of the year was Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors
  • Jane Fonda won Best Actress for “Coming Home”

Moving forward, we opened our first restaurant outside of San Diego in 1986 and in 1990 the first Sweet Tomatoes was established in Florida. Since then we’ve just continued to grow! Now with over 125 restaurants in 15 states we have had the opportunity to serve millions of customers, and we want to hear about your memories!

Share your favorite Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes memory in the Comments area by 11:59pm PST on 3/31/13 to be entered to win - 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random and receive a pair of free meal passes! 

 *Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear immediately below, our staff is reading and approving them as quickly as we can! This will not affect your entry into the contest, all responses received prior to the end of the contest period will be entered to win.Winners will be notified via their email address entered to comment.

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Josh Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

After moving across the country to a new state, new job and new everything, a friend helped me discover Sweet Tomatoes. We began to frequent one in Orlando so often, we became regulars… the first time I felt like I was part of a community since being down here. Thanks to the kind staff at Sweet Tomatoes, Crossroads :-)


Kevin Cash Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I not only proposed to my long term boyfriend over a bowl of your delicious chicken soup we actually got married at a sweet tomatoes in Altamonte, Florida just like my parents. It without a doubt is the most cherished moment of my life. The first time I tried your asian chicken salad I immediately left and got a tattoo of it in my knee pit. I love you guys. Thank you.


kim kenney Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

The week before christmas, my dad decided to take us out shopping an hour away from our house, We ended up getting lost down a back road and we were all starving. We somehow found our way back to the main road, and our first site was Sweet Tomatoes. It was the first time i’ve ever heard of a sweet tomatoes. We went inside and ate our hearts out! and had and amazing time! Our server kept taking our plates without asking as soon as we were finished, it was incredible! We ended up staying there for 2 hours completely enjoying the fresh salads and soups and that delicious frozen yogurt :)


cynthia Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

About a decade ago, my dear grandfather got up from our Souplantation booth to get himself some soft serve ice cream.

He thought that the ice cream would come out from the front of the machine, so he held down the handle patiently waiting for the ice cream to come out. He pressed the handle again and again but nothing happened.

Eventually, he gave up and backed away from the machine, only to notice that the ice cream had actually been coming out of the machine the whole time, just lower than he expected.

He called my entire family over to the machine, which now had an approximately 10-foot long strand of ice cream coming out of it onto the floor and snaking all the way to the pizza station.

We started laughing and couldn’t stop; to this day that is the hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life. Even the staff had a good laugh about it.


D Russell Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

Always love coming here with the family – creating great salads and desserts with the softserve!


Oliver Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Many years ago, I moved to Fremont, CA. My roommate introduced me to Sweet Tomatoes. Through the years of being a loyal customer, I have become friends with many of the staff working at the Fremont branch. Every time, I go there I am always greeted like family. That’s an added incentive aside from the healthy menu offered.


Tom Miller Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Wow, my favorite Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes memory is when my wife and I came and ate many times at your great selection, friendly employees, and new experience restaurants.
It was a great date. We just celebrated our 50th birthday and what a great reason to come back, an excuse to travel to the other side of town for a great date and celebrate your 35th birthday. thanks Tom


Donna Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm

As a single mom, I started taking my son to the Souplantation in Irvine, Ca when he was 5 years old. My son loved to go to the Souplantation,because he knew at the end of his meal the manager would come around with warm chocolate chip cookies! Now at 28 years old we still have dinner at least once a month at our local Souplantation in Laguna Niguel, Ca. We love it and best of all as a then young mother your restaurant helped me to stay in my budget AND give my young son a variety of healthy food to choose from and as a mom I was always happy with that! So Happy 35th Birthday Souplantation!!


Lisa Huang Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Sweet Tomatoes is the place of SO many memories! I come here almost every weekend with my family, and we really eat our hearts out. From the warm blueberry muffins to the chicken noodle soup and frozen yogurt, we can literally eat for hours! My favorite memory has got to be when I came here with a group of friends on a weekday night, and we just had a really relaxing dinner with lots of laughter. With the friendly staff and delicious food, we enjoyed ourselves for so long we didn’t notice the time. It was already past 9:30, and the staff even let us stay after closing time! Talk about hospitality. Best restaurant in the area!


Mark Fisher Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

Happy Birthday! I’ve been a fan of yours for 13 years now. I’ve dined at most of the SoCal locations. Staff is always friendly. Thanks for the good food and value!


Crystal Kwan Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Our family would visit Sweet Tomatoes on a weekly basis! I remember each family member had their own style, and typically stuck with getting the same item every time. Dad loved his creamy blue cheese dressing, mom with her heaping mound of Chinese Chicken Salad, little bro’ with his random concoction of salad toppings, and me with my simple Ceasar salad. Now that the kids are all grown up, we don’t see each other as often. But when our family does get back together, our favorite plates of salad bring me back to such sweet memories!


Noemi R Albulario Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I had surgery in October of 2012. My kids (who live in NYC) came to visit me several times and we always ended up at Souplantation, bonding over delicious and healthy food. Guess what? My son, David is here again for Easter celebration … it’s Friday today … during Lent … no meat … perfect day to eat with family and friends, so we are all about to leave for lunch at Soupy and make some nice family memories. Yay!


Alice S Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

My favorite memory was in 2005 when I had to meet my now husband’s parents. I was so nervous about how the introduction would go but thanks to those yummy cheesy foccassia breads and the yummy tomato soup, we had something to talk about! :-) They focused so much on the yumminess that I felt comfortable. Great save Sweet T! :)


Rickelle Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I love Sweet Tomatoes, granted I can’t think of anything eventful that has ever happened there. However, one time I went and you guys were out of tomatoes. :)


Laura D. Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

Nothing like little league memories. Traveling for baseball with a hungry team and their parents and finding a Sweet Tomatoes was perfect. We filled everyone’s bellies with great food and great company.


tina buell Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I tried clam chowder with a splash of Tabasco for the first time at Sweet Tomatoes in 2012. The combo was so heavenly that I’ll never forgot it.


Ed Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

My favorite memory is the my very first time eating a muffin-top ONLY. I hate wasting the bottom portion (will try to get family members to eat it), but there’s something special about pulling the top 5mm off then devouring it in one bite.


Austin Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thans for the wholesome healthy foods you provide.

” THE HEALTY WAY IS THE BEST WAY!! ” (Doctor’s Order!!)

Also tanks a bunch for making Anthony Arnold’s Birthday Celebration a “FUN-FILLED
BLESSED DAY”. Your crew helped to uplift a young man who ha been depressed, discouraged, and despondent, not knowing at times how to TRUST and BELIEVE.
He left Sweet Tomatoes Resturant at the Largo Mall with an uplifting spirit and
a bountiful joy in his heart, appreciating “God’s magnificent blessing” of a wonderful
birthday celebration he had not had with his family of friends away from home.

“Thanks Again!!”


Ms. Willis Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hello United States and International Food Fans,
Sweet Tomatoes, without a doubt, has an exotic aroma tat trickles to the taste bud of enjoying scrumptious, healthy foods. The variety of soups, salads, breads, deserts, fruits, and added entres make up a delightful, wholesome meal.

A visit to Sweet Tomatoes should give you that joyfull desire to return again, again, and again for continuous support.

Thank God for Sweet Tomatoes! May God continue to bless Creation Health!!!


Ralph Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hello, I actually have (2) great memories from my experience dining at Sweet Tomatoes, I first learned about the restaurant from my ex-girlfriend who lived in the Bay Area in California and she took me to the restaurant in Pleasanton in ’96, after things ended with us in ’98 I moved back to Illinois so I had to wait three whole years for a Sweet Tomatoes to open up here in Chicagoland, I was so excited to hear that a location was opening up in Glenview so I took a friend there in the summer of ’01 and I was so impressed (and she also) at the quality of the food, I tell folks about Sweet Tomatoes that you will find fresh food all the time but if you expect to get big pieces of meat similar to other buffet restaurants, forget about it, in fact I have a friend that is Catholic that likes to go there during the Lenten season. My other memory was three years ago when I took my Mom to the Lombard, IL location for Father’s Day, my dad (her husband) passed away earlier in the year and she needed to go somewhere to help ease the pain of her loss, so I surprised her by taking her to Sweet Tomatoes and she enjoyed herself. Maybe one day there will be a location out here in the south suburbs rather than driving 35 miles to the closest location in Lombard but at least there are locations here in Illinois.


Katelyn McWilliams Friday, March 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

My little brother ate his first ice cream cone at Sweet Tomatoes. He had always been an ice cream fan, but he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the cone. After watching all of us thoroughly enjoy dessert, he decided to give the mini-cone a try. He spent a good thirty minutes rubbing his nose in the ice cream and laughing his head off. The pictures are perfect, and now he makes sure to grab one each time we go back!


Starlet Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

My husband and I used to go out to breakfast from time to time at a local IHop. Every time we went, we ran into a city worker (named James) and became friends. He eventually retired and we didn’t see him again.
Some time later, we started going to Soup Plantation because we had a coupon. Guess what, there was James (now retired). Now we see him every time we go to Soup Plantation which is often because we love it there.


Ann Martinez Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

For senior citizens, we need more “buy one get one free” coupons. We love Sweet Tomatoes and go there every Saturday before Mass.


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