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.
Home to fresh breads and rich stews, French cuisine is served at Brasserie Restaurant, a delightful restaurant tucked away in the Des Plaines pocket of Des Plaines.
Serving the opposite of low-fat fare, Brasserie Restaurant is perfect for people who want to indulge.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
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.
D and J Bistro in Lake Zurich is known for its tasty eats.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Reserve your own room at D and J Bistro so that you can create your own private party.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on D and J Bistro's gorgeous patio.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
For the tastes of D and J Bistro from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to D and J Bistro.
D and J Bistro offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Meals at D and J Bistro are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Bistro Kirkou in Lake Zurich.
The cooks at Bistro Kirkou know how to get creative with gluten-free ingredients.
Reserve the private room at Bistro Kirkou for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Bistro Kirkou knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
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.