Sweet Bay by the Park (plus 3 other locations)3400 Rogers Ave. Ft. Smith, AR 72903 479.785.0685 www.sweetbaycoffee.com
We love Sweet Bay. We really do. If you’re looking for a nice Fort Smith place to sit and chat, or read, or work or people watch, it’s hard to beat the Bay, especially the flagship Creekmore Park location with its cozy fireplace den in one part and its open garage-door-window sunroom area overlooking the park. But one of the few complaints we have about our favorite locally owned full-service café is the prices can really add up.
Individually, paying $5.49 for a sandwich, or $1.25 for a one-time-refillable glass of iced plum tea, or $3.70 for a large frozen peanut butter mocha or $1.99 for a muffin don’t seem like much, perfectly reasonable. Together, though, or when you’re paying for more than one person? We inevitably get a little sticker-shock. We’ve never figured out how it happens that every time it seems like it’s about 30% more than we had expected. (You guys never realized how cheap we are, did you?)
Until now. Sweet Bay this summer started running lunch specials. Here’s what you can get:
- ½ wrap and salad
- ½ wrap and chips with roasted corn & black bean salsa
- Three-cheese melt and cup of soup
- Soup & salad
- Chipotle Beef & Cheese Wrap
- Quiche of the Day and salad
- Sweet Bay Combo
We were mildly excited about the specials until we realized they ALSO came with a 16-oz drink. Holy moly. For Sweet Bay, that’s just an incredible deal.
How’s the food? $4.99 of awesome*.
*Quiche not included in awesomeness. Usually rubbery w/ flavorless moist assembly line crust that falls apart but not in the good way. You’ve been warned.
Being, well, certifiable cheese addicts (Here’s lookin at you, @cheesecar!), we’re especially partial to the Three-Cheese Melt and cup of the soup. It’s simple. Reminds us of a lunch Mom might make for us as we sat at the kitchen table, legs dangling in our chair. Except instead of grilled cheese & Campbell’s, it’s grown-up food: here, a sandwich of subtle shades of cheese complementing a cup (really a bowl) of Chicken Enchilada Soup.
We don’t know if Sweet Bay makes their own soups or if they come out of some bag like most places’ do. We suspect the latter. But frankly, we don’t care. Bagged Soup Company didn’t get where they are by making crap soup. It’s tasty and warm and full of flavors and does right fine by us. The Chicken Enchilada Soup was just spicy enough to make us glad we ordered an ice water as well. And look, it had actual veggies and stuff, hearty.
So kudos, Sweet Bay. You’re doing your part for helping us meet the budget, and we love ya even more for it.
That’s just our opinion, though. Now tell us yours.