When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.
Bistro Monet in Glen Ellyn offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Easily avoid animal products, gluten and high-fat items when you dine at Bistro Monet, where dietary needs are always considered.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Enjoy a meal with all your loved ones. Bistro Monet makes it easy for big groups.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Bistro Monet's low-key style is the perfect match.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Bistro Monet also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Bistro Monet.
Deep pockets not required! Bistro Monet takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
La France Cafe & Crepes: A User’s Guide
Charming French Cafe | Sweet and Savory Crepes | Gluten- and Egg-Free Options
Savory crepe: chicken breast with red onions, capers, tomatoes, and crème fraîche
Sweet crepe: Nutella with strawberry or banana
Appetizer: small salad with vinaigrette
Drink: salted-caramel latte
Don’t let the location fool you. The unassuming storefront in a suburban strip mall actually houses a charming French cafe that earned a favorable nod from WBEZ's Steve Dolinsky.
There are gluten- and egg-free options available on request.
Croque-monsieur: originated in French cafes, this pressed sandwich is filled with ham, gruyère, and béchamel. (A fried egg turns it into a croque-madame.)
Ratatouille: a vegetable stew from Provence that’s typically made of eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato, garlic, and seasonings.
"Bonjour!" That's what you'll hear when you walk through the doors at La France Cafe & Crepes new larger location with additional seating, parking, and expanded hours, where energized chefs have churned out authentic French crepes since 2009. Once seated and glancing over the menu, visitors can choose from a variety of sweet and savory crepes and customize to their own individual taste. Though it's not incredibly long, the menu is divided down the middle between those two sides. Sweet crepes include fresh fruits, Nutella, and a variety of home made sauces. On the savory side, crepes are filled with everything from roasted eggplant and zucchini to sautéed sea scallops, chicken, and braised beef. No matter which type a diner chooses, chefs will make it fresh-to-order instead of rubbing a magic lamp and waiting for a genie to appear with it. This includes their fresh beignets that are served during all hours. The new location boasts additional seating and parking, extended hours, and an upcoming beer and wine menu.
Treat yourself to a local tour of France and indulge in traditional French cuisine and fine wine at L'Anne.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
L'Anne is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at L'Anne.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
L'Anne goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from L'Anne.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at L'Anne.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
When your stomach starts growling, head on over to L'Anne and indulge in some French fare.
So get ready for some inventive Asian cooking at L'Anne where every dish blends together a number of cultures.
On a summer trip to Paris, Suzette's Creperie's owner, Suzette, fell in love with the local street vendors' delicate, ultra-thin crepes. When she got back to the States, she decided to give Chicagoans a taste of the fancy fast-food eats she adored and started selling them herself out of a crepe cart.
Since those authentically French beginnings, Suzette's cart has blossomed into a full-fledged French bistro in Downtown Wheaton, though sweet and savory crepes remain the focus of the menu. One arrives stuffed with sautéed salmon; another ensconces hot fudge and banana slices. Duck confit, wine, and other French staples complement the crepes.
The service at Suzette's is European-style, which means that the staff allows meals to unfold at a leisurely pace, rather than leaving a running stopwatch on each table. Live jazz often enhances the European atmosphere.