And make sure to read all the way to the bottom. There may be something in it for you ;-).
Looking for a yummy meal for your next Date Night?
There is a place of pure heaven right here on earth. It's made up of cheese, meat and chocolate. That might not be your idea of heaven, but it sure makes me want to slap on a pair of angel wings.
This place is known as The Melting Pot. A deliciously wonderful fondue restaurant that started in Maitland, FL in 1975 and has pleased its customers in 38 states ever since (US only, I'm afraid).
Mook and I are fortunate to live 20 minutes away from a franchise, and with the approach of any special occasion (my birthday, anniversary, etc.) I put in a request for a night of fondue! Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
And when I say night, I really do mean a whole night...when dining at The Melting Pot, you will need to dedicate at least 2 to 3 hours for the full experience. Your waiter or waitress will ask you if you have ever dined with The Melting Pot, and if you haven't, they will walk you through the menu -- it can be overwhelming. Let me share with you how the meal works:
1st Course: CHEESE, my personal favorite. There are quite a few varieties to choose from: swiss, cheddar, nacho, plus more. My choice is always cheddar -- it is a perfect match for all sorts of bread, apples and veggies, all which are bottomless. Get as much as your tummy can hold--but save room because there's more to come.
2nd Course: Salad. This helps to cleanse your palate before the next course comes. You can choose a house salad or the specialty salad which changes from time to time.
3rd Course: The Entrée. Here's where it can get overwhelming. You choose a cooking style, the medium in which you want your meats cooked. Choices include a bullion base and other fancy bases with wine and other flavors. The bullion base is quite tasty and really draws out the flavor of your meat.
And what are your meat choices? Filet mignon pieces (my favorite), teriyaki chicken, lobster, shrimp, and more. You can get a combination or you can get just one kind. The price goes up based on how many meats you order.
Along with the meats, you are served numerous dipping sauces. All complement the meats and veggies you cook in the pot. The most famous sauce is the Green Goddess, a mix of sour cream, cream cheese and spices (I usually ask for 2 ahead of time, since I know I'll go through it).
Cooking time for the meats is at least 2 minutes in the bullion. The veggies and sauces are bottomless, but unfortunately the meat is a one serve only--but trust me, it's enough.
4th Course: Oohhh, the chocolate. Make sure you save room because you cannot leave without this course. Choose from dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate, with yummy accompaniments like Oreo bits, nuts and caramel.
A few of the signature pots of chocolate are s'mores or yin and yang, a mix of white and milk chocolate. Mook likes the specialty order, adding peanut butter. For dipping, you get marshmallows, bananas, strawberries, cheese cake, brownie bits, and pound cake.
There's no way to go wrong with any of these. This sweet treat really tops off the meal.
For a full course meal, alcoholic drinks and tip, be prepared to pay around $50-$100 a person, but remember you can customize this according to your appetite and your budget.
My thumbs are up, wanting to go back again and again.
Have fun dipping and eating!
The generous folks at the Melting Pot are providing a yummy giveaway. The lucky winner will receive a Melting Pot Gift Pack which includes chocolate bars and salad dressings and has an approximate value of $25. The Gift Pack will be mailed directly from The Melting Pot.
To enter, comment below (on this post) by leaving the names of three items previously reviewed on All Thumbs (the Melting Pot can be one of them).
Enter (one per person) by 9:12 am on September 12. One of my children will draw a number, and the commenter associated with that number wins. Winner will be notified by email, so make sure I can find it.
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