The Melting Pot was the original fondue restaurant, opening in 1975. It is perfect for any occasion: every day dinner, a get together with friends, romantic meal, or even a celebration. The Melting Pot experience is incredibly unique and unlike anywhere else. My favorite thing about The Melting Pot is that you get to create your own meal from a selection of cheeses, salads, entrées, and chocolates (they even have gluten-free items). You create your entire dining experience.
There is a Melting Pot location in 35 states plus Canada, Mexico, and Dubai. Every October thru December they host an in store Saint Jude promotion and online all year by purchasing chocolate fondue wafers to use at home. Fondue for a good cause tastes even better!
Your Melting Pot Dining Guide
My family has been a fan of Melting Pot for almost ten years now. By my count we have dined at fifteen different Melting Pot locations and are adding new ones all of the time. Dining at the Melting Pot for the first time can be overwhelming because their menu is extensive and uses a unique system. I decided to write a Melting Pot Dining Guide in an attempt to make it a little easier for newcomers. If you have the chance to dining at a Melting Pot restaurant, run do not walk!
Portion Based System
The Melting Pot uses a portion based menu system; every item that you see listed is based on an individual portion. Thus, the price that you see listed next to each option is the price per person. It is often a good idea to split a portion with someone in your party since there is so much to choose from. If you want the full Melting Pot experience, you can make your meal four full courses and choose a cheese, salad, entrée, and dessert all for one price. When my fiancé and I dine at the Melting Pot, we usually order one four course meal to split and then add an additional serving of cheese or chocolate, depending on which we are most in the mood for.
The Melting Pot will provide you with some preset four course menu options, should you be interested in making one less decision. These typically include a combination of pork, beef, and seafood, but they vary by location. The Melting Pot also has a seasonal menu available with limited time offerings.
Each course comes with complimentary dippers. You can always get more of these items, you just have to ask. Artisan breads, fruit (apples), and vegetables (cauliflower and carrots) are the cheese dippers. Potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli come with all entrées. Chocolate dippers include fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple), pound cake, marshmallows covered in graham crackers and Oreos, brownies, blondies, and rice Krispies.
If you order from the specialty menu, your dippers may be different. The chocolate menu includes an option to “enhance your dippers” with seasonal cheesecake, cream puffs, and berries.
Complimentary signature sauces come with each entrée course: Teriyaki, Green Goddess (cream cheese and sour cream), Gorgonzola Port, Ginger Plum, Curry, and Horseradish. Again, since each sauce is complimentary, you can ask for more of any of the six. A lot of people make their own combinations by mixing different sauces. I love the teriyaki but Green Goddess is by far the most popular.
The Melting Pot has a large drink menu full of hand crafted cocktails, wine, and craft beer. All of the cocktails sound wonderful! The drinks that really grab my attention are the Love Martini, Deep South Tea, Sunshine Sangria, and Tipsy Turtle. Most Melting Pot locations offer Happy Hour specials on both food and drinks (in the bar area) Monday thru Friday. Check with your local Melting Pot for details.
It seems as if most of the Melting Pot’s customers are regulars. Guests keep coming back because the food is great, atmosphere is fun, and experience is unique. Although your dinner can take longer than expected since you are cooking your food and eating four courses, it is worth it. I hope that this Melting Pot Dining Guide has prepared your for your dining experience. Have a great meal!
Taylor Pittman wrote this article.
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