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A Tale of two buffets.
In this article we are going to look at two buffet restaurants, both offering slightly similar choices. Cici Pizza and Sweet Tomatoes both offer (amongst other things) pizzas and salads, so there is some similarity.
There are some immediate differences, however, principally in cost. Cici’s is the less expensive of the two. In fairness, it is also perhaps the less grand of the two offerings. Perhaps a little basic, however, the food is still fresh and plentiful. There are several different locations for both of these chains, so this may also guide your choice, so you will have to research this on your own!
On going to Cici’s you are immediately greeted, and asked to pay, however most of the staff will shout out a hello. You can then find your table and work from there. There are perhaps a couple of salads and one choice of soup for you to choose from. There will be a plentiful supply of garlic bread and then the main selection … a choice of perhaps 10 different pizzas to choose between. A frustrating thing about Cici’s is that there are no markers to show what each of the different pizzas are. There are staff available, though, who are pleasant and happy to answer questions and assist. In fact, we have also found that if you can not find a pizza to suit, they have also even prepared pizzas to order for our family … now that is what we call service for a buffet.
Walk in to Sweet Tomatoes and the immediate choice is salad based! When you walk in you choose a tray and a plate and start to work along an enormous salad bar. Plenty of healthy selections, with seasonal variations and some regular salads as well. Once you have made your selection from the vast array, you then pay and find a table. From there, though, your selection is only half made. There is still a selection of three or four different soups/chills to choose between, some different warm breads, a pizza, several pasta dishes, fresh fruit and the choice goes on!
Overall, between the two, Sweet Tomatoes offers greater choice, perhaps a healthier choice and a slightly nicer environment. You pay for this, though, and while Cici’s is not fancy, by any means, it is still great value and pleasant and with staff that are motivated to ensure their customers enjoy a pleasant experience. I guess it is win-win all round and neither choice would be a bad one.
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Page added on: 11 January 2010
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