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Melting Pot vs. Hungry Mother

I know that the Melting Pot was discussed briefly a few months ago, and didn't get very good reviews. Has anyone been recently? What did you think?

I have reservations at Hungry Mother for NYE, and was thinking of switching to the Melting Pot (b/c I live downtown, and have always wanted to try it), but am thinking that I have made the right decision in sticking w/ Hungry Mother.

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    1. Fondue vs. rootsy quality chow unique to the area?

      I guess it depends on how you like to celebrate your New Years - would you more enjoy a Times Square experience or a Cambridge house party?

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Yes, a Times Sq experience made even more complete with a meal at a chain restaurant :)

        1. re: twentyoystahs

          A Times Square experience as viewed via a big screen from a strip mall restaurant in Des Moines.

          That plays bad music.

      2. Yeah, I would stick w/ Hungry Mother. While I can see having a good time @ TMP it is a pretty cookie cutter chain kind of experience.

        1. My two friends who tried Melting Pot on separate occasions were not impressed. One said - blah, food wasn't great. The other said food tasted fine, but thought it was overpriced for what it was and did not leave full.

          1. Stick with HM. I have been to Melting Pot once- very unimpressive fondue (with the exception of the bananas foster dessert fondue- that was yummy) and terribly overpriced for the quality. Like I said, I have been only once, but won't be going back.

            1. HM would be a wonderfully cozy, festive place for NYE with its mellow, candle lit atmosphere, IMHO.

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              1. re: Taralli

                I'm slightly appalled at the mention of the two in the same post! MP is overpriced and bland. Go to the Hungry Mother, finish the evening off with a nice bottle of champagne at home with the money you save not going to the Melting Pot.

              2. I was thinking the same thing! These two places aren't even in the same league!

                (I actually went to MP for my pre-prom dinner, many years ago in FL. Any place that I would have eaten at in high school is automatically disqualified. I mean, it was ok, it was a novelty, but jeez chain food cookie cutter heaven as well.)