Not sure why, because it's a lot more work than dining at other restaurants, but there's just something about the fondue experience that makes it more fun than the other places.
We save The Melting Pot for our special occasions. Our most recent visit was to celebrate my son's high school graduation.
It was a very spur-of-the-moment decision ... We called just as we were leaving the graduation ceremony to see if they had openings. They did, so we told them we'd be there in about 15 minutes. We arrived to find that in the time between, they'd written a card to our son and put it on the table -- a very nice touch!
The food is always excellent. We've been there several times, and have tried a variety of options. We like both the broth (Court Bouillon) and the hot oil (Bourguignonne) for cooking our entree, often choosing one pot of each since we usually have a larger table with two burners.
This time we started with two cheese fondue appetizers (one cheddar, one swiss), and they were both great, although I prefer the cheddar.
The salads are, to me, unnecessary. With all the other good stuff, why bother? So I've learned to skip mine and save the room, even though it's included with the meal.
Cooking and eating the main course is just plain fun, especially with a big group. Keeping all the fondue forks straight gets a little manic (yes, even with color coding, somebody grabs the wrong one at least once during the meal and hears about it!).
Some items we like especially well are the French Quarter entree, the Green Goddess sauce, and the batter that comes with the Bourguignonne option.
The cost is high, so we don't go there often, but when we do it's always been excellent. Another thing to note is that if you have school-aged children who earn all As on the report card, they can get a free meal when accompanied by a paid adult.
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