Marina Del Ray, CA


Souplantation; From the moment of entry, Souplantation has motion, excitement, and newness, along with spaciousness. It’s an amazing place with healthy tasty food. Each time you leave the booth or table to get another dessert, soup, coffee, or something you haven’t tasted yet, your table can be saved.

For some, the Souplantation” is akin to a “blast from the past.” It’s where diners represent a melting pot of polka-dots and all sections of life meet to get high on generous portions of non-complicated born-again nostalgic foods. Think of it as Americana in a mini-series of choices with classic foundations modernly expressed. It’s old and new worlds harmoniously blended into a cafeteria-café-diner type of restaurant, and a great place for families. The only difference between this and the old-fashioned cafeteria are the portions. Cafeteria’s dole the food out on plates; but at the Souplantation, you take as much as you want, and sometimes more than you can ever eat.

Sunday breakfast at Souplantation offers an array of tasty items, including fresh-made Belgian waffles, French toast topped with fruit, Potatoes O’Brien (country potatoes with peppers, onions and a pinch of spice), Zucchini Egg Frittata; Egg Scramble Focaccia (includes bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese), Tom’s Country Gravy with biscuits, homemade oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins, fresh fruit and yogurt, made-from-scratch Cinnamon Chip Biscuits with a butter cream glaze and the ever-popular, “Make-Your-Own Breakfast Burritos”. Sunday breakfast options, in addition to the restaurant’s regular selections, are served every Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon at all of their locations.

Celebrating 30 years, they were founded in 1978 in San Diego and currently operate over 109 salad buffet-style restaurants across the western, southern, and eastern portions of the United States. They feature  a daily selection of made-from-scratch soups, (about 20 varieties) and salads along with hand-crafted muffins, focaccia, breads, and tasty desserts. The concept is built around freshly made, great-tasting, recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. If it says chicken soup on the label, it will be full of chicken and noodles. The restaurants are open daily for lunch, dinner and special Sunday Breakfast featuring a variety of wholesome morning favorites in addition to regular selections. For more information, visit them at .

Basically, they are a national chain of salad buffet-style restaurants with low-er sodium versions of some of its most popular and flavorful soups. that include Chicken Dijon Soup, Bombay Lentil w/ Basmati Rice, Smoky Brunswick Stew and Buffalo Chick Soup. With these low-er sodium soups, the restaurants continue to be proactive about monitoring upcoming food trends and providing their customers with healthy eating options.

Souplantation restaurants all feature a very long and thorough salad bars (typically over 55-feet) with three tossed salads as well as seasonal vegetables; also three other salad types including  Broccoli, and pasta. Their pasta station features three hot pastas as well as focaccia breads and muffins such as its low-fat corn bread muffins. There is also a jell-o and fruit station as well as a frozen yogurt station that offers vanilla and chocolate (or swirl) complete with toppings, plus creamy puddings, fruit, cobblers, and homemade cookies.

The entire menu is available “to go” and can be purchased as a combination or by individual food items. Soups are available in a cup, bowl or “souper” bowl, and bakery items are available for purchase by two or by the dozen.

I personally enjoy all the various selections, and one can go back as many times to get more of any item on any buffet. It’s a great place for parties!  And kids love this place.

15% off dinner after 4PM expires after 11/15/2010, valid up to 4 adults off the price of dinner. It’s not a meal until you’re to create it. You will enjoy the expansive salad bar, freshly baked breads and muffins, baked potatoes , toppings and all unlimited & included!

PS They claim never to use a ready-mix from a box, carton or can; moreover, the breads are baked fresh throughout the day, served warm from the oven; and they only use real egg-whites, (not substitutes in their recipes). The motto is “Eat Well – Live Better. Check out the closest Souplantation from the phone book! Or Google. It’s a great outing for someone new in town that you want to entertain. I love this place!

Souplantation in Marina Del Ray is located at Marina Market Place; 13455 Maxella Ave. (310) 305-7669.