I fear this will be the most negative post I will ever write. I am sorry for this due to Sweet Tomatoes being my grandmother's favorite restaurant when she is in town. I went to lunch with my parents and grandmother one day to take some photos and to write a post about this giant salad bar because it is all Mawmaw talks about when she goes home to Baton Rouge. I will say that unless she or Mom or Dad ever want to go back, I'm keeping my distance.
The food at this restaurant is acceptable. Just a lot of salad toppings. There is a decent selection of soups--always with at least one vegetarian option--and baked Russet and Sweet Potatoes. There's also some nice breads and muffins. So, the variety is good and you can likely eat well. I suppose because it is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, the price is very reasonable. And quality is different to different people, too.
My sadness came when a manager came and asked me not to take pictures while I was in the line getting my salad. I was quite upset because why would they post their little signs saying what something is and whether or not it was vegetarian if they didn't want people to see it? I simply said "I just wanted a picture of the vegetarian sign." He said don't take pictures of ingredient lists. I said no more in effort to prevent more embarrassment to my family. The funniest thing was while he was talking to me, my dad announced he had my silverware. When I said thank you, the manager said "You're welcome." Like he had done something for me!
Now, this no-picture policy could be his or the policy of the restaurant. If it's the restaurant's policy, I think they are crazy. If it's his policy. . .never mind. Again, the amusing thing is that when most people see Paul with a professional camera taking exceptional photos of our foods, they come over and asked excitedly "Are you taking pictures for your scrapbook or are you writing a review?" Why did this one guy have to be different and make the whole place look bad?