Certain kinds of dining necessitate the invention of new utensils: Asian cooking begat chopsticks, clam chowder brought about the crazy straw, and now there are forks long enough to keep scalding cheese away from hands. Skinny dip with today's Groupon to The Melting Pot Restaurant in Troy. Choose from the following options:
• For $20, you get $40 worth of American cuisine and drinks.
• For $49, you get a four-course classic dinner for two and two glasses of house wine (up to a $107 value).
• For $89, you get a four-course classic dinner for four and four glasses of house wine (up to a $214 value).
The Melting Pot's cooks serve up a menu of fondue cheese and dessert pots and American cuisine. Parties of two or four revel in warm, gooey glory with the four-course classic dinner, which includes:
• Any cheese fondue
• Any salad
• Sesame-crusted ahi tuna, tender shrimp, seasoned Angus sirloin, herb-crusted chicken breast, and teriyaki-marinated sirloin
• Any chocolate fondue dessert
Diners clink glasses of house wine before embarking on a voyage across the steamy sea of mouthwatering melts with a selection from the cheese fondues. Each fondue is escorted with an entourage of fresh bread, vegetables, and apples, which are captured by spears for convenient dipping or fencing matches across the table. Morsels dive into fontina and butterkäse cheese to mingle with spinach, artichoke hearts, and garlic in the spinach-artichoke cheese fondue ($14+), or plunge into the Fiesta cheese fondue ($14+), in which lager beer, jalapeño peppers, and salsa latch onto tidbits for a safe ride into mouths. An array of surf 'n' turf tempts tongues with dishes such as the Seafood Trio entree ($21), in which juicy shrimp, sesame-crusted ahi tuna, and cedar-plank salmon sonorously harmonize renditions of inspirational power ballads. Diners can cap off meals with a dessert fondue such as the Yin & Yang, in which fruit or sweet treats are enveloped by creamy white and dark chocolate ($14–$28). The Melting Pot has won numerous awards, including the Taste of Troy People's Choice Award for 2006, 2007, and 2010, and the Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction for 2008 and 2009.
The Melting Pot
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter at the initial location opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, the company—now owned by that original waiter, Mark Johnston, and his brothers Mike and Bob—stretches across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese, paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.