Your Melting Pot Dining Guide
My family has been a fan of Melting Pot for almost fifteen years now. By my count, we have dined at twenty-two 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!
About the Melting Pot
The Melting Pot was the original fondue restaurant, opening in 1975. It is perfect for any occasion: everyday dinner, a get-together with friends, a 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 31 states plus Canada, Mexico, and Dubai. Every October through December, they host an in-store St. Jude promotion and online all year by purchasing chocolate fondue wafers to use at home. Fondue for a good cause tastes even better!
Portion Based System
The Melting Pot uses a portion based menu system; every item that you see listed is based on an individual share. Thus, the price that you see listed next to each option is the price per person. You may want to consider sharing an entrée with someone in your party since the meals are big enough.
If you want the full Melting Pot experience, you can make your meal four complete courses and choose a cheese, salad, entrée, and dessert all for one price. When my husband and I dine at the Melting Pot, we usually order one four-course meal to split and then add a 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 for your fondue. You can always get more of these items; you ask. Artisan bread, 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:
- Green Goddess (cream cheese and sour cream)
- Gorgonzola Port
- Ginger Plum
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 an extensive drink menu full of handcrafted cocktails, wine, and craft beer. All of the cocktails sound wonderful! The drinks that 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 through 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 delicious, the 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 you for your dining experience.
Have a great meal!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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