Sweet Tomatoes

Don't be put off by all the kids and seniors eating here. This popular Spring Branch location of the modest restaurant chain is the ne plus ultra of salad-and-soup buffets. Nothing in the salad line ever looks the least bit wilted or desiccated, and the soups taste like a fantasy mom's finest, with at least one vegetarian selection always available. The made-to-order pasta bar is only passable, but the bakery offers a delightful variety of bread, rolls and muffins. Baked potatoes of a manageable size and even baked sweet potatoes are available for those fearless of carbohydrates.