In the spirit of playfully, fonduelly prepared portions, today’s Groupon gets you $50 worth of hot grub and cool drinks at The Melting Pot for $25. Fondue is the American standard of sizzling food preparation, culinary empowerment, and the merriment of dipping.
The Melting Pot has created an impressive menu with a variety of cheese fondues ideal for dipping breads, veggies, and apples. A two-person serving of cheddar-cheese fondue, traditional swiss fondue, Wisconsin trio fondue, or fiesta cheese fondue makes an adventurous and highly melty appetizer ($16). The Desert Nights spread fills up two filet mignon, chicken breast, oriental potstickers, black tiger shrimp, teriyaki marinated sirloin, and an overflowing vegetable medley ($87 for a couple, $44 per individual).
Those lucky enough to have an indulgent sweet tooth will blissfully melt themselves for the tastes of chocolate fondues. Fresh fruit alongside cheesecake, marshmallows, pound cake, and brownies make the perfect aerial crafts for descending into a sea of Amaretto Meltdown, Bailey’s Irish Cream Dream, or any of the other six chocolate options.
Satisfy your thirst for non-fondue. The Melting Pot serves up a variety of pours including the chocolate fontini for sippable fondueness ($10) or a glass of wine (starting at $6).
Quality ingredients make The Melting Pot a curious blend of high-culture and recreational fare. It’s difficult to have more fun when DIY-dining, and there’s no better way to impress others than by exhibiting the expert hand-eye-basketball coordination dipping food requires. With two Austin locations, fondue enjoyment can be enjoyed that much more conveniently. Make your reservation in advance.
- The fondue here is excellent. Where else can you go to enjoy 2 hours plus and take your time to really enjoy the food you're eating. – kevin88900, Citysearch.
- This is a "must do" experience! The waiter was VERY courteous, the food outstanding and the ambience exceptional for dates. It is quiet, romantic and the food is seasoned perfectly. – hlsmith, Citysearch.
- The meats are always fresh, the restaurant is very nice and clean, and everything about it is just fun. The signature cocktails are quite tasty and they don't skimp on the servings. – Stephen 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
Today, hundreds of people gather at The Melting Pot’s more than 140 North American locations to cast romantic spells over one another as they dip breads and vegetables into melted cheese and share meats and seafood prepared in oil. They all wield double-pronged spears—or fondue forks—to suspend the tasty morsels of their choice in the ambrosial selections before them, which are cleverly heated by stovetops built into each and every table in The Melting Pot's restaurants. The chefs prepare most platters in sizes best shared by two, making the venue ideal for date nights or reunions with twins who left 10 years ago to study the art of fondue.
At The Melting Pot, staffers use the restaurant to invest in their community as well. They host charity events, school fundraisers, and even run a program to reward straight-A students with a free fondue dinner.