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Feb 14, 2008 03:11 PM

Reasonable fondue in/around Boston??

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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  1. 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. 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

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

        1. re: 9lives

          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

          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

        3. 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

            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. 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

              That fontina fondue at Grotto is sinful.

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