Certain kinds of dining necessitate the invention of new utensils: Asian cooking begat chopsticks, clam chowder brought about the crazy straw, and now there are forks long enough to keep scalding cheese away from hands. Skinny dip with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fondue at Fondue Stube.
For 33 years, Fondue Stube has delivered a menu of bubbling pots to tabletops for dipping delight. Cubes of french bread and apples delve into cauldrons of swiss, cheddar, or muenster blends ($9.75–$17.50), while soybean-oil fondue sears chicken, seafood, or veggies ($16–$23.95) into mouth-bound obedience. Three-course meals provide a guided fondue adventure, such as the Sinfonia Eroica ($29.95/person), which begins with swiss cheese fondue before a second course of sirloin swims laps in soybean oil, emerging sizzling hot and glancing at the time clock. Sweet teeth succumb to the dessert fondue in the third course, which draws fruit, angel food cake, and marshmallows into its fudge-filled belly. Children 12 and younger can double dip freely with a kids' meal, offering both dinner and dessert fondue ($19.95/child).
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.
West Rogers Park
2717 W Peterson Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60659