Fondue is a ubiquitous staple of Swiss culture, matched only by neutrality, foldout fish scalers, and the world’s most easily cartoonified cheese. Dip in to a mouthwatering melting pot with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a cheese and chocolate fondue experience for up to four at Simply Fondue Queens in Glendale (a $58 value). The fondue experience includes:
- Any full pot of cheese fondue (an $18 value)
- Chocolate fondue for four (a $40 value)<p><p>
Furnished with leather seating, marble-top tables, and scads of heavy drapery, Simply Fondue Queens oozes elegance even before its pots of gooey gourmand fodder enter the picture. Rich and decadent cheese pots headline the menu, with each accompanied by an entourage of fresh bread, vegetables, and fruit to carry the sumptuous substance to the lips without the need for industrial-strength krazy straws. The delectable dips hail from all over the world, from the Mediterranean sharp cheddar’s beer, basil pesto, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes to the Traditional Swiss Chalet’s blend of imported gruyère and emmental cheeses stirred together by the head chef’s left ski. Bid dinner a sweet adieu with chocolate fondue, as flambéed flames subside to reveal molten cocoa ready to coat sweet treats including fluffy pound cake, juicy strawberries, and chocolate-chip cookie dough.
Simply Fondue Queens
Under the mellow glow of Simply Fondue's chandeliers, small groups sit at marble-top tables, immersing fresh bread, vegetables, and fruit in bubbling pots of gourmet cheeses. Heavy drapery and metallic walls surround each semiprivate dining station, allowing diners to sink skewers into gooey cauldrons without having to worry about secret techniques, such as eating slowly, being revealed to those surrounding them. The menu showcases regional blends such as the traditional swiss chalet, as well as the italian fontina, infused with romano cheeses and a base of garlic, basil pesto, and marinara. More than 100 martinis supplement dessert fondues include the Rocky Road pot—marshmallow cream, nuts, and rich chocolate.