Salad Days Revisited

In pursuit of a good salad bar I thought I would take PAgent‘s advice and try out Sweet Tomatoes. Being without a car for the day I start my journey by visiting Tri-Met’s website, where I discover I’m 102 minutes from the three nearest Sweet Tomatoes restaurants. I opt to head for the Beaverton location. It’s the area I know the least and I can ride the MAX for most of the trip. I skipped breakfast, put on my loose pants and headed for the bus stop.

A bus ride, a MAX ride, one more bus and 102 minutes later I’m standing on the corner of SW 158th and Cornell. It’s the middle of nowhere. There’s a freeway exit and entrance ramp and the only businesses I see are a Texaco and the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Oh well, I didn’t come here for the view; I came for the salad.

The place is big and clean but seems a little generic. The first thing you see when you walk through the door is the salad bar. It goes on forever and just around the corner are fruit, soup, pasta and dessert bars, everything is all you can eat. I stick to the salad bar.

I have my fill, it was satisfying and I like the place, even if it is a buffet; but as I waddle back toward the bus stop and my 102 minute ride home, I think to my self, “Was it really worth the trip? Am I gonna be hungry again by the time I get home?”

For now I think I’ll stick with Old Wives’ Tales. It’s closer to home and has a better atmosphere. I tell you what though, if they built a Sweet Tomatoes on Hayden Island, it would get me there a lot more often than a Wal-Mart.

4 Comments so far

  1. shane (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

    i love sweet tomatoes.. but yeah, i wouldn’t like it as much if it took me 102 minutes to get there.

  2. Oswego (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

    Cornell. Not Cornwall.

  3. dieselboi (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    oswego needs a beer.

    wow, you are dedicated sir! I’m impressed. I was thinking about salad bars today when I walked by Salad World in downtown. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but it is an option. What about the other buffets in town, not necessarily salad centric. buffets like North’s Chuck Wagon, Old Country Kitchen, etc.

  4. PAgent (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Man, you must REALLY like salad. I wouldn’t take a 102 minute bus trip for free prime rib with all the fixins’.

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