Why You Have To Visit Sweet Tomatoes This Fall & Recipes To Create At Home

October 13, 2018

Disclosure:  Thank you Sweet Tomatoes for sponsoring today’s post.   As always, we only work with brands we love and trust.  All opinions expressed are my own.

We a family of people who love to eat, so naturally we were thrilled at the opportunity to partner with a favorite family friend buffet here in the Portland area:  Sweet Tomatoes!  October is such a perfect time to dive into their all you can eat soup, salad, and pasta bars and make special memories with your kids. (Let Me Yell This At You: KIDS CAN EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY OF OCTOBER, ANY TIME OF THE DAY.)

We went there for a relaxed family lunch, and ate to our heart’s content.  The kids were thrilled to have so many delicious options, and as parents we were thrilled to see our kids so gleefully eating salad and fall favorites like Pumpkin Bisque, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup, and my personal favorite: gluten free pumpkin muffins.  It is so apparent the aims they take to provide families with a healthy dining experience.  The farmhouse details found throughout the restaurant really tie in the farm to table ideology.  I was very happy to see they provide nutrition information right above each item on the varying bars.  My husband commented on how small the plates are, which makes it easier to get reasonable portion sizes!
I loved learning that they have partnered with Feeding America and our local Oregon Food Bank to launch the “better neighbor” project.  We could all stand to be better neighbors, and a simple $1.00 donation can help support hungry families here in the PNW. ($1.00= 10 meals for hungry adults and children in your local community, that is incredible.)

How happy was this kid at the ice cream station?  

We loved experiencing their fall menu items,  and wanted to share a favorite you can prepare at home!

Pumpkin Spice Cobbler from sweet tomatoes!

Oat Crumb Topping:

1 stick (1/4 lb) butter or margarine                        In a mixing bowl, beat butter or margarine until smooth.

1 cup white flour                                                        Combine white flour, oat flakes, brown sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.

1 cup walnut or pecan pieces                                  Thoroughly mix these ingredients to combine. Add to the butter or

¾ cup oat flakes                                                          margarine and mix until thoroughly combined.

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda


Pumpkin Cobbler Filling:

1 ½ cups granulated white sugar               Combine ingredients in a bowl and thoroughly mix.

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon table salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves


4 large eggs                                                                                              Beat eggs in a large bowl.


1 can (29 ounce) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin                                   Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture into beaten eggs.

Sugar and spice mixture


2 cans (12 fluid ounce each) Carnation Evaporated Milk                Gradually stir in evaporated milk.


Baking: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees (F). Generously grease a 9” x 13” pan with cooking spray. Add Pumpkin Cobbler Filling and evenly spread. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees (F) and bake for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Evenly spread Oat Crumb Topping on top of baked Pumpkin Pie Filling.  Bake in 325 degree (F) oven for 10 minutes or until Oat Crumb Topping is golden brown. Serve warm with whipped topping.


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    1. I’d go for the broccoli cheese soup. This is one of our favorite places to go with our toddler. Its the only place where we can sit the entire time because he is occupied eith food the entire time!

    1. Creamy broccoli & cheese soup for sure! I am not a pumpkin gal 😘 Thank you so much for the info on kids eating free Tuesdays this month. We LOVE Sweet Tomatoes restaurant; and love them even more knowing they are trying to help fight hunger ❤️

    1. Mmmmm! It’s toddler picky eating season here at my house and I think my daughter would love both the pumpkin bisque and broccoli cheddar soup! She loves broccoli, cheese, and pumpkin…oh, and ice cream, of course. I’d love to treat her out on a Tuesday. Thanks for sharing the recipe, we’ll have to give that a try.

    1. I would love to try their creamy broccoli and cream soup. My hubby and I aren’t big eaters lately and I love the option of going to Sweet Tomatoes for lighter menu choices. I love all the different soup choices and my hubby loves all the salad options. One our favorite places and we visit a couple of times a month.

    1. Girl I love Sweet Tomatoes! I am glad you were able to experience it! My husband and I have been sneaking in lunch dates there since we were in high school. Their blueberry muffins are the BEST! Along with their fall creations. I see a trip for us coming up because now I am craving it! I pick broccoli cheddar 💯❤️

    1. Oooh yum! We would love to try this – the pumpkin bisque sounds delicious 🤤

    1. I’m a big fan of their chili, but I’d try the Creamy broccoli and cheese soup. Love sweet tomatoes! It’s my 4 year old’s favorite restaurant!

    1. Thanks for the post! We have a sweet tomatoes just off the freeway by my house and i always forget about it but the kids LOVE it!! Pumpkin Bisque qould be a hit with my fam. ANYTHING pumpkin is delightful!

    1. I love sweet tomatoes! Their soup bar is definitely my go-to 🙂 I use to go their with my Nana all the time – it’s such a great family place!

    1. The broccoli and cheese sounds amazing! My 4 year old son and I love Sweet Tomatoes, and I love their healthy options!

    1. Ooh, I’d love to try the pumpkin bisque! I’ve only been to Sweet Tomatoes a few times, but I’ve greatly enjoyed those visits.

    1. We absolutely love the chowder there but I would love to try to Brocoli and Cheese. This is a great place to introduce all kinds of yummy food options to our little kiddos.

    1. Oh my gosh we LOVE Sweet Tomatoes in our house! The broccoli cheese soup is our fave but I would love to try the pumpkin bisque, I know it wouldn’t disappointment because everything is so good! Cute pics! Glad you all enjoyed it!

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