Before the discovery of the nacho boson, the existence of fondue was merely unproven theory. Conduct delicious research with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fondue and drinks at The Melting Pot on Gayton Road.
Liquefying dairy and hearts, The Melting Pot serves dunkable delights alongside pots of melted cheese, gooey chocolate, and flavored sauces, allowing specialty meat, bread, fruit, and vegetables. Smother foodstuffs in one of six cheese fondue blends ($16 for 1–2 people, add $8 per additional person). These fondues meant for sharing include the Wisconsin Trio, a bubbling blend of fontina, butterkäse, and blue cheeses; the fiesta cheese fondue, which borders on unorthodoxy with cheddar cheese, Mexican herbs, peppers, and bold spices; and the traditional Swiss fondue, in which Gruyere and emmenthaler cheeses vow absolute neutrality, providing a peaceable, edible experience.
Individual entrees are cooked tableside in one of four cooking styles—court bouillon, bourguignonne, mojo (add $6), and coq au vin (add $6)—including steak and shrimp pairings ($21), cedar-plank salmon ($22), and vegetarian, with edamame, artichoke, portobello mushrooms, and other veggies ($19). For dessert, chocolate-dipped fruits, pound cake, marshmallows, brownies, and more ($15 small; $30 regular) conjure memories of the cauldron-fired chocolates from childhood days spent with Grandma's coven.
The Melting Pot
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.
9704 Gayton Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23233Get Directions