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.
At Hache Moderne Brasserie, they blend traditional French influences with local, farm-to-table ingredients. The dishes pay tribute to Parisian brasserie fare, starting with shared creations like buffalo frog legs and chicken liver pate. Entrees, meanwhile, include citrus-glazed salmon and champagne-braised beef short rib served with potato puree.
Inside, soft lighting sweeps across dark wood trim and various eclectic accents, like clocks and mirrors. After a meal in this elegant setting, the onsite marketplace beckons diners to check out its take-home treats and floral bouquets designed exclusively for Hache.
Guest can also mosey down the street to Glacé, Hache's gelato parlor.
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.
If you're craving a little coq au vin, head over to L'Anne in Wheaton's Wheaton neighborhood.
L'Anne knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from L'Anne to create the perfect night.
L'Anne's patrons can find places to park in the area.
The menu at L'Anne features affordable prices to help you save money on dining out.
Head on over to L'Anne first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — L'Anne is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you're looking for some French cuisine to help you travel to France, no place's food evokes the spirit of Paris quite like L'Anne.
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.