A tender touch of the toe into the ocean, a chip scraped across a ranch-scented surface—nothing tempts the senses like a nice, quick dip. Tease your taste buds with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of dunkable delights at Simply Fondue. From fresh cuts to exotic cheeses and chocolates, the interactive eatery sets the mood for romance with its extensive and intimate menu. Redeem your Groupon at the Greenville Avenue location for a night of molten magic.
Served with a smattering of fresh breads, veggies, and fruits, Simply Fondue's standout communal cheese bowls take center stage. Try the beer-and-garlic blended Wisconsin sharp cheddar ($18), or food-woo your lover with the sexy traditional swiss chalet ($18)—both of which serve two. You can also dismiss fondue in favor of a lush salad, including a classic caesar—romaine, parmesan shavings, and herby croutons, all tossed in a creamy dressing ($8)—or fresh spinach and strawberry ($8). Simply Fondue also offers à la carte entrées such as beef tenderloin ($26), a seafood dinner ($29), and a meat-free option upon request.
End the meal on a sweet note with an original chocolate blend, flambéed tableside and served with a collection of delicious confections, including cheese-cake bits, marshmallows, berries, rice krispie squares, rolled cookies, and cinnamon-sugar balls. Recreate cabin fever with the campfire chocolate, a nostalgic mix of rich milk chocolate, jumbo marshmallows, and smashed graham-cracker bites ($9 / person).
With fondue, as with many things, there is an etiquette to be followed. Let the long, slender fork linger over the pot so that drops of blended gourmet cheese fall gently back in the fondue, rather than dotting the top of an intimate, two-person booth. Dip each piece of fresh, local produce only once, covering it fully in gruyére, beer-tinged cheddar, or dark chocolate laced with cabernet. Place the sumptuous cuts of meat and seafood on a plate after dipping using a traditional fork to then cover them with accompanying sauces, made fresh daily in the kitchen. While generosity never begs enforcement, it is traditional for the person who first loses a morsel in the pot to buy the next round, and basic courtesy dictates that you not finger-paint on the pressed-tin paneling with your cheese.
The masterminds behind Simply Fondue don't make the rules, they just provide them to customers, along with five blends of cheese and 15 chocolate creations, with gourmet ingredients that are imported weekly. They engage minds with tradition and taste buds with sweet and savory pots, but they don't neglect the eye, lining the walls with sculptures from artist Barrett DeBusk and vibrantly colored abstract paintings that brighten the room.