Miniature morsels infiltrate the grownup table in today’s deal, mounting a two-pronged assault that will storm your tongue castle. Taste a delicious battering ram with today's Groupon to The Melting Pot, a fondue establishment with locations in northwest and downtown Austin. This Groupon expires July 21, 2011. Choose between two options:
- For $10, you get 16 chocolate-covered strawberries or The Big Dipper dessert-dipping platter (a $20 value each). Either dish must be ordered 48 hours before pick-up.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of fondue fare and nonalcoholic drinks.
Fondue involves dipping morsels of meat, bread, fruit, and vegetables into melted cheese, gooey chocolate, and flavored sauces. With the first option available for take-out only, skip straight to dessert with The Big Dipper, which houses your choice of four dunkable sweets, such as pound cake, strawberries, or brownie bits, as well as four chambers filled with gooey fondue dip imported from intergalactic chocolatiers. Decadence devourers can also order 16 predipped strawberries enrobed in milk, white, or dark chocolate.
Customers choosing the second option can start dining in with a classic cheese fondue ($16, serves two) and a salad ($6/person). Cheese fondues range from the traditional swiss-cheese fondue, made with gruyère and emmental cheeses, to the unorthodox Fiesta cheese fondue, made with cheddar cheese, mexican herbs, jalapeño peppers, and spices. Every cheese fondue is served with perfectly sized pieces of fresh bread, vegetables, and apples for maximum dippage. Entrees range from $18 to $28 and include bountiful meats harvested from the land and sea. Landlubbers can choose from various meatbinations, and seafarers might prefer meats that are acclimated to the chill of the abyss. For conscientious objectors, The Melting Pot also offers a vegetarian entree option. Meanwhile, brunchers can head to the Northwest location on a Saturday or Sunday.
The Melting Pot
Today, hundreds of people gather at The Melting Pot’s more than 140 North American locations to cast romantic spells over one another as they dip breads and vegetables into melted cheese and share meats and seafood prepared in oil. They all wield double-pronged spears—or fondue forks—to suspend the tasty morsels of their choice in the ambrosial selections before them, which are cleverly heated by stovetops built into each and every table in The Melting Pot's restaurants. The chefs prepare most platters in sizes best shared by two, making the venue ideal for date nights or reunions with twins who left 10 years ago to study the art of fondue.
At The Melting Pot, staffers use the restaurant to invest in their community as well. They host charity events, school fundraisers, and even run a program to reward straight-A students with a free fondue dinner.