(UPDATED APRIL 2021) My family has been Melting Pot fans for nearly twenty years now. By my count, we have dined at 24 different locations and are adding new ones all of the time. Eating at the Melting Pot for first-timers can be daunting because the menu is extensive and uses a unique portion-based system. Our Melting Pot Dining Guide will help newcomers understand how to order at the Melting Pot and learn what to expect before you get there. Cheese, salad, entree, dessert; Melting Pot covers all the bases, plus has a full bar with creative cocktails and wine.
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 a celebration. The Melting Pot experience is incredibly unique, anywhere else you can dine.
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. There are even gluten-free items. You create your entire dining experience, whether you want one, two, three, or four courses.
There are Melting Pot locations in more than 30 states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Dubai. Every October through December, Melting Pot hosts 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!
How To Order At The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot uses a portion-based menu system; every item you see listed on the menu is based on an individual portion. Thus, the price you see listed next to each option is the price “per person”.
If you want the full Melting Pot experience, you can make your meal four complete courses by choosing a cheese, salad, entrée, and dessert all for one price.
The Melting Pot menu offers a few preset four-course menu options, typically with a combination of beef, pork, and seafood, which allow one less choice to make. We order the Land and Sea, with herb-crusted chicken, sirloin, shrimp, and Atlantic salmon, quite often. Melting Pot also has a seasonal menu available with limited-time offerings.
Cheese fondue selections include both yellow and white cheese combinations. I love the Wisconsin Trio with Butterkäse, Fontina, Gorgonzola, white wine, sherry, shallots, and scallions. Each cheese fondue is gluten-free. Salads range from Caesar and House to Strawberry Spinach and California, my top pick, with candied pecans, gorgonzola, and a delicious raspberry walnut vinaigrette.
Pro Tip: When my husband and I dine at the Melting Pot, we usually order a four-course meal to split and then add a serving of cheese or chocolate, depending on which we are most in the mood for.
Note: Your server will ask which fondue cooking style you prefer. This is the flavor of the broth that will cook your entrées, limited to one per cooktop, meaning you will have to agree with those you are sharing with on this one time.
Melting Pot fondues come with complimentary dippers for the cheese and main courses. If you need more, be sure to ask. There are also mushrooms, potatoes, and sometimes broccoli to cook in the broth along with your selections. Cheese dippers include artisan bread cubes, apples, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots.
Chocolate fondue dippers include Rice Krispies, Blondie bites, Brownie bites, Oreo marshmallows, graham-cracker marshmallows, pound cake, and fruit, typically strawberries and bananas, though often pineapple.
If you order from Melting Pot’s specialty menu, the dippers may be different. The chocolate menu includes an option to “enhance your dippers” with seasonal cheesecake, cream puffs, and berries.
Six complimentary signature sauces come with each entrée course:
- Green Goddess (cream cheese and sour cream)
- Gorgonzola Port
- Ginger Plum
Again, you can ask for more sauce should you need it. I love the teriyaki, but Green Goddess is their most popular.
The Melting Pot has an extensive drink menu full of handcrafted cocktails, wine, and craft beer. Most Melting Pot locations offer Happy Hour specials on both food and drinks (in the bar area) Monday through Friday. From an Old Fashioned to Mai Tais, the enticing bar menu is impressive.
Enjoy Your Meal At The Melting Pot
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 the experience is unique.
Our last piece of advice is to make sure you allot enough time for dinner, as it generally takes at least two hours from start to finish.
I hope that this Melting Pot Dining Guide has prepared you for your dining experience. Have a great meal!
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