Bruce & I discovered The Melting Pot over 15 years ago. We were driving home to Cleveland after visiting friends in southern Ohio, & had made it about as far as Columbus before the pouring rain became too heavy to see through. We pulled off & started looking for a restaurant, figuring we'd have dinner while waiting out the rain. The first likely place we saw was The Melting Pot - if you're going to wait out a storm, a fondue restaurant is the place to do it! Dinner takes like 2 hours!
Seriously, though, it is fantastically yummy & lots of fun & we have been hooked ever since. Our Kalamazoo group ate there during our 10th Annual New Years Bash. Bruce & I have eaten at two of the NC locations since moving here & even introduced one of my K interns to The Melting Pot. I'm in their Club Fondue, so I also get special offers via email...like when it's my birthday!
So, we marked my 45th with a fabulous dinner at The Melting Pot! A couple of my choir chums noted that one of the early prayers in our church service did say to "delight in rich foods," so this was obviously the right restaurant. We opted for the traditional swiss cheese fondue for our first course, salads, the steak lovers selection cooked coq au vin style for our entree, & pure dark chocolate fondue for dessert. Really, when you get to dip fresh bread & apples into melted cheese & garlic, cook excellent cuts of steak in hot wine & herbs, & dip strawberries & rice krispie treats into melted dark chocolate - all accompanied by a glass of wine - what is not to like?! Mmmm....
Plus, as always, the wait staff was super. Our waitress was great fun - & told us that they actually do all-you-can-eat once a year, gonna have to keep an eye out for that special! The hostess who booked our reservation also went out of her way to make sure I could use my Birthday Coupon that got me a box of chocolate-covered strawberries to take home - yum! Plus, the couple at the table next to us popped in & gave us an extra coupon they had which brought down the cost of dinner - too nice!
If you thought fondue was just a kitschy 70's trend, think again. The Melting Pot is classy, but casual, fun & friendly, & too tasty for words! It's worth half an hour per course, & you go home happily full. Happy birthday to me!