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Jan 6, 2008 04:12 PM

Fondue in Philadelphia

My daughter and I would like to find a restaurant that serves fondue. The only one I know of is The Melting Pot, which I have always assumed, perhaps unfairly, is a tourist trap for Convention Center visitors. Any suggestions?

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  1. My fiance and I have been to The Melting Pot several times. Last year it was our gift card spot for my sisters. They all loved it. If you don't want to go to the center city one, next to Maggiano's [which is pretty nice, too], there is a Melting Pot in Chestnut Hill. If you're going for the full course: cheese, entree, and dessert your bill will be about $80.
    It is definately not something you would do more than a couple times a year...but yu can go in just for the cheese or dessert if you wish.

    There is a new fondue place in south Jersey, I just can't remember the name. If anyone else knows what I am talking about, plese list the name...we'd like to try it.
    P.S. If you want, The Melting Pot has a ncie birthday paskage where they have a balloon, pint glass w/ logo, and t-shirt also w/ logo waiting at the table before you get there...for a nominal fee, of course.

    1. If you're looking to have fondue at a restaurant, then Melting Pot is a great option. A lot of people feel that it is too much money for food that you cook yourself and it's a chain (heaven forbid), but I've always enjoyed myself when I've gone. They do a great job on all types of fondue, will bring extra dippers if you desire one thing more than another, and it's a really nice meal experience.
      They have a 4 course meal available over Restaurant Week, which is about a $10 per person savings from the regular full course. Might be a nice time for you to try it out.
      The only other option that I know of is Swanky Bubbles has a chocolate fondue. I've never tried it, but can you really go wrong with melted chocolate?

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      1. re: jessicheese

        I think they have a fondue available at the Naked Chocolate Cafe. But it's just dessert! I never liked the Melting Pot near us (in DE). Very overpriced, stale food for the most part but the desserts were passable.

      2. Agree with others here. Don't consider MP a tourist trap. It's not an everyday go-to restaurant and, yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's well done, the food is pretty nice and the atmosphere is pleasant. I think you will enjoy the experience.

        1. Whenever I went there, I left stinking of hot oil. I found the food sub par and incredibly overpriced.

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          1. re: saturninus

            ah, any place you fondue, you will reek of whatever you're simmering with. i make a nice and easy cheddar + heineken + other stuffs fondue whenever i run out of food for a full meal here at home... dip green apples, onions and bread pieces in... i always smell like a brewery once i'm through. same with small restaurants. at a place in queens, 3 tables, i smelled like middle eastern spices for the rest of the weekend.

            i can't really comment on the melting pot. last time i went there, i think it was for my 15th birthday, i enjoyed it plenty, but then again at that point in my life i really dug buca di beppo too... so my opinion wouldn't be entirely fair. for what it's worth, they are the ones who turned me on to the whole apples + cheese thing. i've been eating the two together, in varying forms, ever since. i recently discovered you can make a fabulous green-apple-based mexican burrito. who knew?

          2. My companion and I did find the Melting Pot to be a tourist trap. The service was bad, items were highly overpriced for the value, and the quality of the food was poor. With so many better options,in gerneral, for good food in the area, we both decided to not go there again. In fact it has become a running joke "let's go the m.p. tonight becasue everything is so good there".... not. Perhaps the center city location is better than the Chestnut hill pne that we experienced. That is how it appears in online ratings that I just viewed.

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            1. re: 18465

              I've always heard that the Chestnut Hill location is not very good, I used to go to the Wilmington location once in a long while but haven't been in years. If you do go to the Melting Pot, I'd recommend just getting a cheese fondue and a chocolate one, skip the 'entree' fondues, they're way overpriced.

              1. re: 18465

                Had a similarly bad experience at the CH MP several years ago and never wanted to go back.