When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
Diners gasp as fiery flames spring up from the tableside hibachi grills, but chefs remain calm and collected. Nimbly, they sizzle up tender cuts of steak, chicken, and lobster tail, their faces illuminated in the dancing flames. As hibachi chefs labor over grills before their captivated audiences, sushi chefs slice up fresh eel, spicy tuna, and salmon, and then fold the fish into a variety of traditional and specialty rolls. Servers bustle about the dark hardwood floors of the airy space, balancing trays of wine.
A Wrightsville Beach staple, David's Deli & Restaurant has been comforting customers’ bellies with hearty, country-style food for more than 30 years. For breakfast, the kitchen churns out omelets, warm waffles, and fluffy pancakes until 11 a.m. For lunch and dinner, the cooks whip up sandwiches—such as pizza cheesesteaks—pastas, and seafood, including creamy blackened-shrimp alfredo.
All of Times Square Pizza's New York–style pies begin with freshly made dough. Then, a homemade pizza sauce rides to smother any blanks of the bready canvas, followed by toppings of pepperoni, bacon, green peppers, or olives. Aside from pastas and subs, customers can also pair up with drinks such as draft beers from a full bar.
Might as Well Bar & Grill keeps customers satisfied with casual American eats and cold beer. Massive 2/3-pound burgers come topped in fixings such as chili and cheddar or bacon, egg, and cheese. Grab a buffalo chicken wrap, a new york strip steak, or opt for a whole pizza covered in veggies and meat.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.