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Melting Pot - and some general gripes

BoDubya Nov 20, 2008 08:06 AM

went to the melting pot in boston. wasn't really planning on it, but there was a parking spot right near the place and it was a perfect night for fondue. the atmosphere was nice, the wait staff was attentive. we ordered the beer fondue, it was fine. no beers on draft though. the veggies they gave us were lame (celery and cauliflower - my two most hated veggies) and the apples were really tart. not local, which is just crazy pathetic. all together, the fondue, two salads and two glasses of wine came to $50. i'm okay with that.

now for the general gripes.

what's the deal with iceberg lettuce? why does this stuff still get served? it's all pale and yellow where ever i go. is it that hard to put something green in my salad? red leaf, mesclun, anything...please!!!

also - top 40 music while dining. for the love of god please stop. most places probably have 5000 sattelite stations to pick from, and they chose the one that plays beyonce and pink. ugh - it makes my food taste evil.

joanie - maybe we can get these people to play all scandinavian hardcore all the time...woop!

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    Blumie RE: BoDubya Nov 20, 2008 08:42 AM

    While there are plenty of contenders, Melting Pot may be my most hated restaurant anywhere. I'd rather eat at Taco Bell.

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      OCAnn RE: Blumie Nov 26, 2008 08:55 AM

      I think PF Changs, Red Lobster and other mid-range chains (Chilis, Red Robin, etc) are far worse.

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        cavandre RE: OCAnn Nov 26, 2008 09:01 AM

        Melting Pot is pretty far from "mid-priced".

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      treb RE: BoDubya Nov 20, 2008 08:47 AM

      It's a pathetic chain of medicore high priced glop. It's a theme place to have fun but, don't expect any quality there.

      1. C. Hamster RE: BoDubya Nov 20, 2008 10:02 AM

        The top 40 seems to go perfectly with their midwestern mall vibe.

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          mwk RE: BoDubya Nov 20, 2008 12:44 PM

          You are really OK paying $50 for some melted cheese and some yellow iceberg lettuce?

          I saw a review of this place in the Herald last week, and it just seemed outrageously overpriced for what it is.

          1. pondrat RE: BoDubya Nov 21, 2008 07:54 AM

            This place is a few notches below melting velveeta over a sterno out on the woods. Don't even think of taking the kids unless you bring your banker.

            1. L_W RE: BoDubya Nov 22, 2008 04:50 PM

              I have never been to one, and after reading all the posts on how lousy it is, I doubt I will for dinner (there was a place on Long Island that had a really great (and affordable) fondue so I am spoiled. BUT, I was wondering how the dessert fondues are? I could see myself stopping by there someday for a chocolate overload. Any opinions on their "vats o' chocolate goo"? :P

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                pondrat RE: L_W Nov 23, 2008 06:15 AM

                There's NOTHING special about their dessert fondues other than the assurance that they're always on the menu if you have a craving and an expense account.

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                bignickpsu RE: BoDubya Nov 23, 2008 12:03 PM

                Apparently, I'm the only one who actually likes the place. Always had great service, the food has been good, and wife and I have been able to enjoy ourselves.

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                  OCAnn RE: bignickpsu Nov 24, 2008 08:40 AM

                  You're not alone. While I've had fondue in Switzerland, MP's Amercanised fondue is quite good. Yes, it's pricey, but service has always been great and the food, solid.

                  We usually skip the salad for two reasons:
                  1. It's not good and
                  2. with the entree & dessert, the salad becomes too much food.

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                    lvanleer RE: bignickpsu Nov 26, 2008 08:15 AM

                    You're not alone.....My DH and I also enjoy the food there.

                  2. sbp RE: BoDubya Nov 25, 2008 04:35 PM

                    I just can't see going based on the prices posted on their web site. I mean, a full meal without drinks will run $50 per person. I can go to some of the nicest restaurants in town for that kind of money.

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                      pondrat RE: sbp Nov 25, 2008 05:39 PM

                      Agree...if I want amercianized fondue for $50 I'll go to the cheese section and buy one of those prepared fondue boxes with the Swiss flag on it for $6....and then go to the wine store and spend the other $40 on a GREAT bottle of wine...still up by $4 for my meal and I can feed 2 more for free.

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