Bite-sized morsels infiltrate the grown-up table in today’s deal, mounting a two-pronged assault that will storm your taste buds with deliciousness. Get to dippin' and sippin' with this Groupon: $25 for $50 worth of food and drinks at The Melting Pot, a storied fondue establishment located in Dupont Circle.
Fondue is a game-changing way to feast, letting you dip morsels of meat, bread, fruit, and vegetables into melted cheese, gooey chocolate, and flavored sauces. At The Melting Pot, fondue isn't just a haphazard dunking affair: it's masterfully pairing dip and dippee, while washing it all down with a selection from its award-winning wine list.
Start with a classic cheese fondue ($16, serves two) and a salad ($6). Cheese fondues range from the traditional swiss cheese fondue, made with Gruyère and Emmenthaler cheeses, to the unorthodox fiesta cheese fondue, made with cheddar cheese, Mexican herbs, peppers, adventure, and spice. Every cheese fondue is served with perfectly sized pieces of fresh bread, vegetables, and apples for maximum dippage. Salads include the California salad, mushroom salad, and Caesar salad.
Entrees range from $19 to $29 and include bountiful meats harvested from the land and sea. Each entree is cooked tableside in your choice of four cooking styles and comes with multiple dipping sauces, ensuring each bite is different than the last, like channel surfing among four different tasty programs. Landlubbers can choose from chicken, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, and duck in various combinations. Seafarers might prefer meats that are acclimated to the chill of the abyss, choosing white shrimp, scallops, cedar plank salmon, or lobster tail (add to any entree for $15). For the conscientious objectors, The Melting Pot offers a munificent vegetarian entree, which includes edamame, artichoke hearts, asparagus, portobello mushrooms, and more ($19).
If that weren't enough, there's an entire menu dedicated to desserts and another to dessert drinks. The dessert dippers include fruits, cakes, marshmallows, and brownies ($15 small, $30 regular). Choosing the fondue can be an excruciating choice, as even their names are mouth-watering: cookies 'n’ cream marshmallow dream, bananas foster, and chocolate s'mores, among others. Check out all the menus at the Dupont Circle location for more details on the gooey goodness.
Most importantly, don't forget to save your seat at the dipping table; call ahead to reserve. The Melting Pot is open for dinner seven days a week.
This Groupon is valid at the Dupont Circle location only. Not valid with other offers, including days with set menus, such as New Year's Eve and Valentines Day.
- I love this place! It's so much fun to go to with a big group of friends. I thought the service was very friendly and prompt and I would definitely return! – EmilyF, Kudzu
- The ambience is so romantic, the vibe is so sweet, and the food is amazing. In my experience at this particular location, the waiter/waitresses were all very professional and knew their stuff... – UrbanFlwrChild G., Yelp
- If you like cheese, chocalate [sic], fundue [sic] or all of the above this is a place that you must visit. It is a great place to go in a cold winter night. – Carolina V., Yelp
Fondue Faux Pas for First-Timers
Those unfamiliar with fondue-style dining may find themselves up against a number of uncertainties when it comes to the process and etiquette of dipping solid—or “proper”—food into delicious flame-warmed dip. Print out this list of fondue etiquette tips and keep it handy in your wallet to avoid becoming the topic of some egghead’s fondue blog:
- First-timers may be tempted to fold a tiny paper boat and set it afloat upon the liquid fondue. This is permitted.
- Items such as cubed meats, individual fruits, and pastries may be dipped into the fondue using a provided utensil, and not while held in teeth.
- Fondue can be very, very hot and must never be hurled in the face of a loved one, unless they have said or done something to inconvenience you.
- Did you know you can make your own fondue at home using crayons, sunlight, and patience? It’s true!
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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.
1220 19th St Nw
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