Fondue is a ubiquitous staple of Swiss culture, matched only by neutrality, fold-out fish scalers, and the world's most easily cartoonified cheese. Dip in to a mouthwatering melting pot with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fondue and American fare at The Melting Pot's locations in northwest and downtown Austin.
Taking a dip in The Melting Pot means greeting a dinner menu of American cuisine and bite-size treats awaiting the warm embrace of cheese and dessert fondues. Diners can spear a bit of bread or apple to send it scuba diving through the garlicky depths of the spinach-artichoke fondue's fontina and butterkäse ($16 for cheese fondues for one to two people; $8 for each additional person). When not bobbing for melted cargo, guests can munch fresh salads or cook entrees right at the table.
Customers can stroll into The French Quarter, a Cajun-spice-speckled get-together of filet mignon, shrimp, andouille sausage, and chicken breast ($22), and then continue the evening’s do-it-yourself theme by perusing the dessert menu. Fruits and cakes plummet into fondues such as bananas foster—which is flambéed at the table—and The Original’s milk chocolate and peanut butter (all dessert fondues $16 for a small; $32 for a regular). A gluten-free menu, alternatively, sates diners with allergies to gluten or g-words.
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.