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The Melting Pot?

Has anybody ever been to the Melting Pot? It's a new chain of fondue restaurants I've noticed cropping up. There are a few in NJ, haven't been yet and thinking of going. NOT cheap either.

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  1. The Melting Pot is a fun/event kind of place to go. I have been to them in several states. It will take a few hours to cook/eat your food. Burners are a little dangerous for small kids. We often think we could survive on just getting the cheese fondue. If you want to try, it is a good way to keep cost down. The typical salad, cheese fondue, meat fondue, and then chocolate fondue to top-it-off - - for two - - is not cheap - - but not outrageous either. One of my daughter's favorite places (18).

    1. I went once, years ago. I thought the concept was fun, although I don't recall being terribly impressed with the food. The reviews here seem to concur: http://www.chowhound.com/search?item_...

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      1. re: Chris VR

        Thanks for the link. I read these boards religously, and don't remember seeing that many posts for this chain. Probably because it never passed into my radar before.

      2. I've been to the one in Somerville and also to one in Newport News, VA. We had the "Big Night Out" in Somerville...salad, cheese fondue, entree (lots of meat with a broth fondue) and chocolate fondue for dessert. It was way too much food. In VA, we had two different cheese fondues and a chocolate fondue. That was still a lot, but more along the lines of the fondue experience we were looking for.

        All in all, I really like the Melting Pot because, really, where else can you get fondue (although there's a place in Mountainside that apparently has fondue on Thursday nights). It's a fun experience, if a bit expensive.

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        1. re: maryelizabeth

          Hi Maryelizabeth. I know about that place in Mountainside. Nobody here on the board has been there yet, nor anyone else I know. It always looks dead when we pass by.

          That's why I was thinking about the Melting Pot, because like you said, where else can you get fondue these days? Glad to hear someone who's opinion I trust has been thee, so maybe we'll give it a try.

          1. re: sivyaleah

            There's another thread right now. It's entitled "Melting Pot: bad exxpensive food." You might want to check it out before spending your money there.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/352842

            1. re: mojoeater

              I know I'm in the minority, but, I like The Melting Pot. It isn't cutting edge, but it can be a fun experiance with friends. I have never experianced the bad vegetables other mentioned in the ealier thread, but I wonder.... why didn't they complain about it at the time? mho

        2. I went once. I thought it was decent, but not worth nearly what they charged for it. You'll be better off buying a fondue set and having fondue dinner at home. Or go to a local beautiful place and do Moonlight Fondue. Fondue is ridiculously easy to make, and if you're trying to make a romantic impression you'll do soooooooo much better with Moonlight Fondue than you will with the Melting Pot.

          1. i strongly recommend looking at the other thread that mojoeater mentions. aside from the terrible food, the prices are out of hand. we could have had a meal at babbo for what we spent there.