My daughters and I have a secret indulgence that I am ready to share with you. We love going to the Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant, a unique chain of fondue restaurants throughout the country. Personally, I like going to new in different cities and sizing up how they compare to others I have been to, like a mystery guest. So far, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Seattle, Washington, have been my favorite locations and Birmingham, Alabama, being the least.
The Melting Pot is always a good choice for dates, girls night, or special occasions!
The Melting Pot is a place for a romantic date, girl’s night out, or celebration of any kind. Something important to know ahead of time is that it is expensive. Look online for discounts and take advantage of their exclusive email offers. Another thing is that it takes a bit of time as you will ultimately cook all your food. Melting Pot offers a huge selection of cocktails, dessert drinks, and wine for you to enjoy with your meal.
The Melting Pot Fondue restaurant experience starts with your group being seated around an induction burner in the midst of a table. For the sake of this article, I will talk about having an entire meal at the restaurant, though you can order only an appetizer or dessert, or as many courses as you would like. The full meal includes a cheese fondue, a salad, an entree with vegetables, and a dessert fondue.
The Ooey Gooey Delicious Cheese & Salads
Your server at the Melting Pot will bring you the cheese fondue of your choice. Keep in mind everyone at the table must agree on one kind only. I prefer the Wisconsin Trio or Classic Alpine as I like fondues with white cheeses. He, or she, brings your fondue pot to your table and mixes all of the ingredients for you. You will be given hunks of bread, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and apple chunks for dipping. If you run out of something, you can always ask for more.
Next up is your choice of salad, and each person may choose a different kind. I like the California salad. Be sure to add the Garlic & Wine seasoning that they leave on the table. It is delicious and available for purchase; of course I own it.
The Fun Part…Cooking the Entrees
Then comes the main course, your selection of entree, which is served with potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli. You will select your Melting Pot entree which is themed and usually contains some chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork. Keep in mind, if you choose something like “French Quarter”, it will taste delicious, but also flake off in your broth and then most of your food tastes the same after cooking in it. Your server will bring the cooking style broth you’ve selected, again everybody has to agree, and will explain cook times to you. I recommend ordering “The Classic” as it contains a bit of everything, and putting the potatoes in the pot first as they take the longest to cook.
You are typically given 3 kabob sticks, so load up your food (already in bite sizes) and place them in the broth to start the cooking process. They should also give you a slotted spoon to rescue the bigger things, such as potatoes, as well as things that have fallen off your skewers. Melting Pot gives you different sides & sauces for your meal including a curry sauce, gorgonzola port, cocktail sauce (caution, it is hot!), green goddess sauce (delicious on potatoes), and ginger plum sauce. Again, if you need extra, be sure to ask for it. Note: Make sure not to cross-contaminate your dishes by placing raw meats on the plate you will be eating from.
Deliciousness Dessert at the Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant
Once you have finished this course, I am sure you will be stuffed; but there is no stopping, as the best part is on its way. You will have one last decision, and that is what kind of chocolate fondue you want to share. There are so many mouth-watering choices, it will be hard. If I am with my daughters, we usually end up with plain milk or dark chocolate, but if you want to venture out a bit, I love the Chocolate Smore’s and Flaming Turtle fondues. The wait staff will bring the chocolate in the fondue pot and you will be given side plates that include strawberries, banana slices, brownies, Rice Krispies, original and chocolate marshmallows, and pineapples for dipping. They used to include cheesecake but it is now an additional charge. The chocolate will not last long, but be careful as it gets very hot the more you eat, you may need to gently scoot (with a napkin) the pot from the burner a bit or ask the server to turn down the temperature.
You will most likely leave the Melting Pot Fondue restaurant fully stuffed and miserable, but will have enjoyed your time and the delicious food. It is worth every penny and if you are like us, cannot wait to start planning your next special visit. Enjoy!
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