What You'll Get
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 Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 9, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid at DC-Dupont Circle location Only. Reservation required. Not valid with other offers or days with set menu including 12/31 and 2/14. No cash back. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About The Melting Pot
Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for more than 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 120 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A leading polished casual dining franchise, The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 2 casual dining restaurant in the Nation's Restaurant News 2016 Consumer Picks report. Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées, The Melting Pot's menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. Fondue fans can join The Melting Pot's Club Fondue for exclusive promotions, special events and advance holiday reservation privileges. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.meltingpot.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit here.