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Jul 19, 2008 11:26 AM

melting pot in raleigh nc

has anyone been to the melting pot in raleigh? the outside is kind of run down, but was wondering if it was clean and the if the food was good.

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  1. My wife and I went in January. It does look like a hole, but the inside is perfectly fine. The food is good, but I thought it was overpriced. Dinner for both of us ran $80+ if I'm not mistaken.

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    1. re: Naco

      It's chain fondue. I went to a Melting Pot in Chicago. It was fine when you factor in the novelty.

    2. A co-worker in his late 20's went for his anniversary and was extremely happy.
      The place is supposed to be getting a face-lift along with the entire shopping center as part of the deal to bring Trader Joe's in for 2009.

      BTW, IIRC the Melting Pot website give coupons if you sign up.

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      1. re: meatn3

        Can't say I've ever been or even want to, but as far as the strip center where it's located (Holly Park, IIRC) is concerned it was sold to new owners a while ago and they've set about redoing the whole center. The Taco Bell outparcel was torn down and, as the center had already lost so many other tenants, it wasn't a big deal to start a rehab of the whole place. There's new construction going on at the far end, too. I'm sure TJ insisted on being in a center that didn't look like a dump. By the time it's finished the entire center will look just like every other rehabbed strip center in N. Raleigh, no doubt.

        1. re: rockycat

          I'm really looking forward to the center revamp. It will be interesting to see what other shops end up going in there.

          That reminds me - there's also that new place on Oberlin Road (part of the Coker Towers project). I saw that they have a Rita's Ice. I take it that it's a chain, though, from the ads I've heard on the radio.

          1. re: cackalackie

            Pretty big in New Jersey but I've never been to one.

            1. re: cackalackie

              There was a Rita's Italian Ice in Fl. years ago - it was really good. Not sure if it is part of a chain or not.

              1. re: meatn3

                Looks like they're on a big expansion kick. Never too good a sign for a franchisor.

                1. re: rockycat

                  Thanks for the link - not the same company! I'm not familiar with this one. Agree, looks like they are expanding fast...

        2. Yes, it is pricey but it is something different for a special occassion. We signed up for the coupons but we can never seem to use them since we don't order the full boat 4 course meal. I recommend a salad, cheese fondue and dessert. It has always been plenty for my husband and I. It is on the romantic side. I recommend a reservation too!

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          1. re: km4874

            I agree with this. Sometimes the Raleigh location has "ladies night out" coupons which is a salad, cheese, and chocolate fondue for $25 plus $5 martinis. Not a bad deal. The full-out deal (with the meats and stuff) is fun but I agree that it's pricey. You could probably go with the cheese, chocolate, and salad and be plenty full. Plus, those are the best parts.

          2. Melting Pot is a niche / experience restaurant. Within that context it's fine, and at least once every 2-3 years I find it more entertaining to go there and eat Fondue than to fuss with the all the fondue hardware at home, down to setting the table or the countertop on fire...

            Mongolian BBQ, Ethiopian Restaurants, Fondue, and other niche restaurants can be fun and definitely have their place. I prefer to take 4-6 people; enough to be able to have a party, not so many I can't hear the conversation.

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            1. re: fussycouple

              I don't know that I'd call Ethiopian a niche, as you describe it, fussycouple. I'm really missing the old Blue Nile and considered that a regular stop on our Durham restaurant rotation.