The Melting Pot | River North | European | Restaurant

The Melting Pot Menu

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Every night till midnight

Price: $$$

Fondue restaurant that's part of a national chain.

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When I think of fondue I imagine unpleasant 70s rec-room scenes involving halter tops and platform shoes, so I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to the Melting Pot, an underground grotto with sleek decor, high-backed booths, and Chet Baker on the sound system. As for the food at this local outpost of a national chain, well, it’s fondue. Take some raw meat--in our case very nice chunks of lobster, marinated pork, beef fillet, and ahi tuna--stick it on a skewer, boil it in oil or one of three broths, then dip it in a sauce. It’s fun and all, but for the money (about $80 per person with drinks and tip) I’d prefer to have someone else cook my dinner for me. Dessert was great, though--you can choose from 11 variations on indulgence in chocolate, and what’s not to like about melted chocolate and peanut butter? The wine list is extensive, though there could be more by-the-glass offerings, and our server was refreshingly unaffected and instructive.

Chip Dudley

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa