Fondue acts like a warm, bubbling jacuzzi on stressed-out comestibles, easing the pain of recently cored apples and softening the stiff backs of tense baguettes. Take a dip with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of savory fondue and more at Fondue Stube, located on West Peterson Avenue.
Fondue Stube's multifaceted menu allows diners to skewer unruly bite-size morsels with long-stemmed forks for dips into bowls of delicious, scorching liquid. Soybean-oil fondues expose assorted meats and veggies to four signature sauces ($16.50–$23.95), and cheese fondues cocoon french bread and apple cubes in a metamorphic concoction of swiss, cheddar, or muenster ($9.75–$17.50). Extra-competitive food lancers can quell their medieval hunger with Sinfonia Eroica, a three-course entree that plows through swiss cheese and sirloin-beef fondue before culminating in a traditional pot of hot fudge, resulting in chocolate-armored battalions of fruit, marshmallows, and angel-food cake ($29.95 per person).
Tucked behind an unassuming storefront garnished with a nostalgic fondue-pot sign, Fondue Stube ushers visitors into a cozy dining space that is ideal for romantic dinners and close-knit family gatherings alike. Famished ankle biters age 12 and under can indulge in a children's menu ($19.95) for a delectable dinner and dessert that, unlike most of restrictive mainstream society, encourages wee ones to play with their food.
The owner of Fondue Stube announced an early, voluntary retirement in 2010, but a barrage of encouragement and love notes scribbled onto lightly used napkins stopped the fondue guru from closing the establishment’s doors. Because of this outpouring, Fondue Stube has continued to flood West Rogers Park with its sizzling fondue and house-made dipping sauces for more than 33 years.
Chefs decant piping cheeses, oils, and chocolates into inviting cauldrons that forge the foundation of a sweet and savory dipping menu, which was lauded as the Best Fondue in Town by CBS Chicago. Once a friendly staff member deposits these potions and skewers at each table, guests are free to submerge morsels of crisp veggies, savory meats, and sunken battleships into the piping-hot pot.
2717 W Peterson Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625