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 cheese away from hands. Skinny dip with today's Groupon to The Melting Pot of New Orleans. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get a three-course meal for two (up to an $86 value) Sunday–Thursday.
- For $35, you get a three-course meal for two (up to an $86 value) Friday or Saturday.
The meal for two includes:
- One cheese fondue to share (up to a $16 value)
- Two salads (up to a $6 value each)
- Two sampler entrees with a variety of meats and vegetables (a $21 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine (up to an $8 value each)
- For $69, you get a three-course meal for four (up to a $172 value) Sunday–Thursday.
- For $69, you get a three-course meal for four (up to a $172 value) Friday or Saturday.
The meal for four includes:
- Two cheese fondues to share (up to a $16 value each)
- Four salads (up to a $6 value each)
- Four sampler entrees with a variety of meats and vegetables (a $21 value each)
- Four glasses of wine (up to an $8 value each)
The Melting Pot's cooks serve up a menu of fondue cheese and Swiss-French cuisine, enabling parties of two or four to revel in the warm, gooey glory of a three-course dinner. Diners choose between two house pours—a chardonnay and a merlot—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, or plunge into the Fiesta cheese fondue, in which lager beer, jalapeño peppers, and salsa latch onto tidbits for a safe ride into mouths. Servers then whisk out a tasting platter loaded with uncooked morsels of shrimp, chicken, pork tenderloin, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, and fresh vegetables. Diners skewer meats and veggies, dip them into a miniature cauldron of broth, and dunk freshly cooked bites into an array of dipping sauces.
While the platter is meant to provide a chance to sample some of the menu's most popular items, vegetarians may sub out meat for more veggies, shrimp-averse eaters can ask for more chicken, and obstinate vending machines can feast on a bowl of quarters.
The Melting Pot
Built in 1929, the Packard Motor Sales Building used to be filled with the racket of hundreds of clacking typewriters. Today, the St. Charles St. landmark is home to a different sound: dozens of bubbling cauldrons. That's par for the course at fondue hot spot The Melting Pot, where couples gather to cast romantic spells over one another as they dip breads and vegetables into melted cheese and share meats and seafoods 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. Guests can also augment their multi-course fondue feasts with one of the restaurant's 1,200 bottles of wine; sourced from around the world, they're now on display in a massive 14-foot wine room just inside the front door.
Despite its reputation for hosting intimate rendezvous, The Melting Pot of New Orleans is also equipped for larger gatherings, including business lunches, wedding receptions, or simple night out with friends. In addition to overseeing these gatherings, 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.
1820 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130