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Sweet Tomatoes Orlando Dining Review

During a recent trip to Orlando, Fl we were given the opportunity to check out a dining experience that is nothing like anything in New Jersey.  We went to Sweet Tomatoes on International Drive.

When you first walk in you are at the salad line.  A vast selection of salads, and fixings for the salads await you.  At the end of the salad bar you come to the register to pay for your dining.  You also get your drinks at this location.

Once you pay for your meal you take a seat and enjoy the food.  After you are done with the salad you can go back up to the rest of the food.  This consists of fresh breads, soups, and more.  Also in this area you will find the dessert section which has ice cream, puddings, and more.

If we had one of these in New Jersey I know I would be there more often than I would want.  I know that the food is much better than a fast food chain, or some of the other sit down restaurants.  The prices were not bad either.  For 3 people I spent far more than I would have almost anywhere else.

If you are in the Disney area / Orlando, Fl. then make sure to definitely check out Sweet Tomatoes because it is an experience you won’t want to leave.  Go on their website and sign up for coupons.

Orlando Has Some Good Eating

We were in Orlando last month touring a lot of various sites.  While we were there we went to quite a few restaurants, and just as many dinner shows.  Being weight conscious what we didn’t realize was that all the restaurants, and dinner shows weren’t exactly on the list of diets that work.  One of our meals was at Solaris in the Marriot World Center Resort.  That meal alone was fit for 2 kings.  Bad part was that we did nothing to work off any of the weight.  Our little one even ate more than she should have, but we didn’t let her get to carried away.

When we go on another media trip we will definitelly watch our weight, and not go overboard with the eating.  That being said I have to start working out with the wife for the next few months because we both want to enjoy ourselves on the Disney Cruise that we are going on in April.  If we eat too much now we will have to be rolled off the boat.

Have you ever eaten way too much, and not done anything about it?

Solaris Orlando Dining Review

We stayed in a area hotel, but after seeing the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort I wouldn’t mind staying there.  The resort seems to have something for everyone.  Located in the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is a restaurant called Solaris.  During our media tour of Orlando we had the opportunity to dine at Solaris.  The Solaris is @20 years old.  Currently some of the Marriott resort is undergoing construction, but navigating the property isn’t hard at all.

If you are just visiting the resort for a dining experience, then you will need to park in the garage, and take the shuttle to the main building.

Our server Chong was very pleasant, and very informed on the food.

First we were served fresh onsite made organic breads. (Sunflower, Sourdough, and Raisin)  These were very tasty.

For lunch I had Thai Chili Shrimp as an appetizer, Spicy Shrimp salad, and Steak and Fries as my entree.  The food was so filling that I couldn’t fit a dessert.  The Spicy Shrimp Salad was not extremely spicy, but just right.  The Steak and Fries were superb.  The steak probably could have been cut with a butter knife.

My wife had Florida Rock Shrimp & Clam Chowder as her appetizer, a “Fit For You” Vietnamese Summer Rolls, and Rigatoni w/ Shrimp for her entree.  She also couldn’t fit a dessert due to the lack of room in the stomach.

Our little one had Chicken Nachos for a appetizer, and a Roast Turkey BLT for her entree.  She had the Warm Chocolate Chip Brownie as her dessert.  The Chicken Nachos was large enough for 2-3 people to eat as an appetizer.  Little one decided to eat half, and take the rest back with her.  The potato “chips” were excellent.

The food was served in such a manner that a new course came out as another was finished.  The food delivery was very prompt, and the food was hot each time.  The pricing for appetizers starts at $8.  Entree pricing runs from $20 to $28.  Sandwiches go from $13 to $16.  The “Fit For You Salads” are priced from $12 to $22.

I was told that on Sundays the Solaris has one of the biggest  breakfast buffets.  With each breakfast buffet sold Solaris donates $1 to the Childrens Miracle Network.

If you are in the Orlando area, then I suggest stopping by the Marriott for some very good food.  I don’t think you will regret it.  Next time we are in Orlando we plan on stopping in for the breakfast buffet, so I will let you know how that is.

Our review was not influenced by receiving a complimentary meal.  We were asked to come in and review the facility, service, food, and operations.