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Reasonable fondue in/around Boston??

mrc011 Feb 14, 2008 03:11 PM

I'm looking for a fondue restaurant within an hour of boston...I don't want to spend my savings on the meal, but I'm willing to splurge. I know there's a Melting Pot on the south shore, but is it any good? I'm open for suggestions...thanks!

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    joebelt Feb 14, 2008 03:25 PM

    Well, I don't know what kind of fondue you are looking for (bourguigonne, chinese, cheese, chocolate, etc.) but the Melting Pot is definitely not the answer to any fondue craving. Very overpriced and poor poor quality.

    1. MC Slim JB Feb 14, 2008 04:36 PM

      Very limited options. I personally don't care for the Wine Cellar, I think it's very expensive for what it is. Interesting wine list, also very expensive for what it is.

      A few places offer fondue-like items: Avenue One, in the downtown Hyatt Regency, and Eastern Standard Kitchen both do a raclette. The B-Side does a baked gouda in a skillet with grilled bread for dipping (a great bar snack) and a chocolate dessert fondue.

      Small Plates has a blue cheese raclette on their menu, but I haven't tried the place yet. It's gotten some nice early reports here.

      I too have heard that the Melting Pot chain is awful.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        9lives Feb 14, 2008 04:39 PM

        Does #9 Park still do a fondue at the bar? That was very good.

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          lissy Feb 15, 2008 07:38 AM

          I think #9 does a lamb/blue cheese fondue that's quite tasty. Also on a recent visit to the Butcher Shop they had a raclatte though I had preferred Eastern Standard's version with the cornichons and potatoes (but they've changed it to apples which I'm just not a fan of).

        2. re: MC Slim JB
          marilees Feb 14, 2008 04:49 PM

          I second the blue cheese raclette at Small Plates. It's not a huge amount, but it's enough to satisfy that warm strong cheese craving

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          cambridgeMike Feb 14, 2008 05:28 PM

          grendel's den in harvard square has fondue on their menu. temple bar used to, i'm not sure if they still do. Oten Les Zygomates has a dessert fondue. Like MC Slim I am not a big fan of the Wine Cellar though if you really want a fondue restaurant and don't want to go to the melting pot it is an option. i've never been to the Melting Pot so I can't comment on it.

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          1. re: cambridgeMike
            finlero Feb 14, 2008 06:20 PM

            Temple Bar still does indeed, both a savory "aged mountain gorgonzola fondue" and a chocolate for dessert:


            Not the best ever, but a reliable crowd pleaser.

          2. Food4Thought Feb 14, 2008 07:10 PM

            I haven't been to the South Shore Melting Pot outpost, put I have been to other locations. It is a fun experience, but not really great food or a good value. There are some great suggestions on this post, but I think you will be hard pressed to find a soup to nuts fondue meal.

            Grotto also has a fantastic fondue app with cheese fondue and tenderloin. It usually as a special appetizer, and not on the current regular menu

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            1. re: Food4Thought
              gini Feb 15, 2008 05:51 AM

              That fontina fondue at Grotto is sinful.

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              mr mangia Feb 15, 2008 06:39 AM

              The only one I have had in ages is the chocolate fondue at B-Sides. It comes with sugar dusted fruit, pound cake, & some kind a toffee chunk. I wish I knew of others though.

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              1. re: mr mangia
                RichardA Feb 15, 2008 06:50 AM

                Call me crazy, but I actually very much enjoy the Melting Pot in Bedford. I don't really find it overpriced for what you get. You can get a 4 course meal for about $35-50 per person. And I have always enjoyed the food I got there. I was last there for New Year's Eve dinner and we all had a great time.

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                  joebelt Feb 15, 2008 07:25 AM

                  Where else have you had fondue?

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                    RichardA Feb 15, 2008 09:47 AM

                    Over the years, I have had a few fondue dishes at different restaurants. Most often chocolate fondues. Fondue is certainly not too common. I have not been to the Wine Cellar.

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                    mr mangia Feb 15, 2008 07:50 AM

                    i guess there are mutitudes of shabu shabu places now too which is sort of like fondue.

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                  jogo7375 Feb 15, 2008 07:16 AM

                  had the fondue at No. 9 in the bar - it was great... bread and a bunch of grilled lamb. I'm pretty sure I dipped whatever I could find into the fondue. it was gorgonzola city!

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