Miniature morsels infiltrate the grown-up table in today’s deal, mounting a two-pronged assault that will storm your tongue castle. Taste a delicious battering ram with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of food and drinks at The Melting Pot, a storied fondue establishment with locations in northwest Austin and downtown.
Fondue involves dipping morsels of meat, bread, fruit, and vegetables into melted cheese, gooey chocolate, and flavored sauces. Start with a classic cheese fondue ($16, serves two) and a salad ($6 per person). 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, jalapeño peppers, and spices. Every cheese fondue is served with perfectly sized pieces of fresh bread, vegetables, and apples for maximum dippage. Entrees range from $18 to $28 and include bountiful meats harvested from the land and sea. Landlubbers can choose from various meatbinations, whereas seafarers might prefer meats that are acclimated to the chill of the abyss. For conscientious objectors, The Melting Pot also offers a vegetarian entree option.
At The Melting Pot, fondue isn't just a haphazard dunking affair: it's a masterfully engineered dipfest. An entire menu is dedicated to desserts and another to dessert drinks. The dessert dippers include fruits, cheesecake, marshmallows, brownies, and more ($16 small, $32 regular). Choosing the fondue can be an excruciating choice, as the names alone spur on more salivation than a Russian scientist tinkling a bell: cookies 'n’ cream marshmallow dream, bananas foster, and chocolate s'mores, among others. Check out all the menus at the northwest and downtown locations for more details on the gooey goodness; the downtown eatery has a new bar, Melt 305, debuting in the end of October featuring delectable Kobe beef sliders ($10) and Mediterranean flatbread ($8). Most importantly, don't forget to save your seat at the dipping table; call ahead to reserve or use the restaurant’s online system.
This Groupon is valid at the northwest and downtown Austin locations only. Not valid with other offers, including ladies' nights and happy hour. Not valid for alcohol.
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.