Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Melting Pot - More Than Cheese

Wisconsin Cheese Trio, in other words, yum.
Some days being a blogger is a darn fine hobby. Because of my blog, I (along with several other bloggers) was invited by the good folks at The Melting Pot to give them a try.  I must say, I was impressed.

I had never been to a Melting Pot before, because I always thought it was some secret restaurant that only allowed couples and the fondue was server in mustard yellow or lime green containers. Crazy, I know, so I was very excited to try them out.

The Melting Pot pulled no punches by sitting us in a great room and the first course of a Wisconsin Cheese Trio, Spinach and Artichoke and Swiss cheese. The Swiss fondue was not as tasty as we would have liked (I ignored it completely) and they brought out a Fiesta Cheddar Cheese. The cheeses were accompanied by tortilla chips, granny smith apples, artisan breads and fresh veggies. If I could have, I would have injected the Fiesta Cheddar Cheese into my veins. It was *that* good. So if you had to pick one, that is it kids.

If you go, tell your server you want the flash and dazzle. They will go over everything with you and make recommendations along the way.  

The second course was a salad, which while tasty (I went with the California salad), it was salad and I would have rather had more cheese. I should point out that they offered us wine or beer pairings with each course. I went with the beer, and I must add, I ordered a Vanilla Porter by Breckenridge on my own and it was incredibly delicious. Not too heavy, a perfect addition to the meal.  

I'm not a foodie (although I love to watch the food network and *think* I know how to cook squash blossoms), so I go by what tastes good. 

Amazingly amazing main course.
And friends, the main course tasted good. They brought out a plate for two people to share that included shrimp (oh my), angus steak, lobster, bbq pork tenderloin and buffalo chicken. There were also bowls of fresh veggies and potatoes to drop in the pots of oil. The best part about this course was you couldn't ruin anything. Everyone had their own color coded fondue forks and we chatted as our selections cooked. This would be great for a girls night or any other occasion. I particularly enjoyed the steak, lobster and shrimp. Not a super fan of the chicken, but the shrimp made up for it. 

During our evening, I asked the manager what about single people that want to have a tasty meal. You can order smaller portions during happy hour (at happy hour prices) of cheese or chocolate. That made me happy. 

mmmm...chocolate.
The final course was the chocolate course and while I'm not a huge chocolate fan, this certainly swayed me. There were three, yes, three chocolate options - the Ying Yang with white and dark chocolate, Snickers with milk chocolate and caramel and peanut butter and Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Dream which was dark chocolate with marshmallows, topped with cookie crumbs and flambeed at the table. I was a huge fan of the Snickers and all of the tasty things to dunk in it. Choices were strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, poundcake, graham cracker coated marshmallows, oreo coated marshmallows and rice krispie treats. If you try nothing else, go for the oreo coated marshmallows.

They have some fun upcoming events that you can check out here.
All in all, I was impressed. Our server was amazing and the food (with the exception of the Swiss fondue) was terrific. I would certainly go again, especially on another spa night. On Spa Night, Aveda brings in their students to give out massages and such. Sure they want to hawk their products, but I'm an Aveda fan, so it was well worth it. The Melting Pot was not what I thought, and that is a good thing.

The Melting Pot provided us with gift bags and a $25 gift certificate to the Melting Pot. I want to give my gift certificate away to a lucky Pierogi reader!

OMG! Cleveland Chick I'm hungry after reading this, how do I win?
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Disclosure: The Melting Pot provided me with the meal for free and gift certificate in hopes I would comment on it. My thoughts and opinions are my own, so I thank them for taking the risk. 

30 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, but I've got to disagree. My husband and I went with his sister and brother-in-law last night (6/30) to take advantage of the "two can dine for $69" though we opted out of the wine. After our cheddar cheese appetizer (served with mediocre store-bought bread, pre-fab vegetables, and a chopped-up granny apple), we ate our salads and debated whether or not the meat would be served raw. I couldn't fathom a restaurant doing such a thing.

    My husband got the wedge salad (he said it was terrible), I got the house salad with house dressing (should be the best salad since it's the "house" specialty - also terrible), my brother-in-law's caesar salad was average and my sister-in-law's California salad was average.

    We were eventually brought a bowl of broth to cook our meals in...along with raw meat and vegetables. I couldn't believe they actually served us raw chicken. I almost walked out right then. But we stayed and tried to make the best of it. My sister-in-law & her husband are both vegetarians & as such were appalled that they would have to use the same cooking bowl that my husband & I would use for our meat. We agreed that they should cook their vegetables first so we loaded up the pot and let the veggies boil. After all the veggies were safely retrieved from the bowl, my husband and I put in all the meat - we just wanted to get out of there. What worse way to cook a steak than by boiling it?? After everything was cooked in the salty water, we attempted to eat what we could. But it was so bad we loaded most of the veggies back into the pot like children trying to scoot away from the table. Even the vegetarians said the boiled vegetables tasted terrible. We did take the rest of the meat home to our pets though. The only decent items were the small green spinach ravioli.

    Then came the "original" chocolate dessert. We joked as to whether or not they would dump the Hershey's syrup and Jif peanut butter into the bowl in front of us, or do it in the kitchen. Needless to say, the chocolate tasted as expected - no better than if I'd melted chocolate & peanut butter together at home. The best part of the entire dessert were the 2 measly brownie bites.

    Finally, after 2.5 hours, we paid the $66 bill (excluding tip) and walked across the street to the Cheesecake Factory for proper food. The Melting Pot was so bad we were all hungry afterward. A terrible dining experience saved only by good company. We expected well cooked food that we would dip in fancy, specially-made dipping sauces. We did NOT expect to boil our own raw meats in salty water! Of course, everyone we have since talked to (via Facebook) has shared their same experiences and said they can't understand how the Melting Pot is still open, as are we. I expected high-grade food for the price paid. Very disappointed.

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    1. The concept of a fondue restaurant includes cooking your own food. That is the fun of it! If you prefer to have your food served cooked on a plate, then the Melting Pot certainly is not for you.

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    2. I have to agree on the boiled meat part. Yuck! I went to Melting Pot once, definitely dont get what all the hype is. Its decent for dessert, which is about all I would go for. I dont mind cooking my own food but definitely dont want it boiled!!

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    3. Hi there, my name is Sandro and I'm with the Melting Pot here in NEOhio. We appreciate all forms of feedback whether it's in person, on the phone or through a wonderful blog like Happiness is a Hot Pierogi.

      If possible, we'd like to reach out to you and try to make this right. You can respond with an email address where we can contact you or you can reach me at sandro@shorewaymedia.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

      - Sandro Galindo

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  2. Umm.... Yay! Melting Pot? I love an apple dipped in the Fiesta Cheddar Cheese.

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  3. I follow MetingPotCleve on Twitter.

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  4. I follow you on twitter and tomorrow Is my bday!

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  5. It's taking a lot to not call the anonymous person and idiot. Whoops, I think I just did.

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  6. I first had Melting Pot in college in 1995 and have loved it ever since. Your first commenter seems a little...clueless is the nicest word I can think of.

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  7. I follow Melting Pot on Twitter

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  8. Jill (@mrssobek)July 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I love the melting pot! My husband and I actually got engaged there. Everytime we've gone we had a great experience, including the last time we went, our service was less than stellar do they comped a round of drinks and gave us a box of chocolate covered strawberries.

    For those of you complaining about the meat being served raw and boiling to cook, ummmm, do you know what a fondue restaurant is? Hello. Expand your horizons. It's just as much of an experience as it is a great meal.

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  9. You know, I go to the Melting pot every year for my birthday for the last two years. I have had nothing less than exceptional service and experience! We had a blast and the food is excellent. It's the most fun to go as a group because you get to try a little of everything!!!

    I follow both you and the melting pot on twitter. :)

    Glad you enjoyed - they are a great place!

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  10. I love the melting pot..especially dessert!

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  11. Christy/@ohionewbieJuly 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I introduced my 8-year-old daughter to the Melting Pot a few months ago. We came in for salads and dessert. A nice lunch for the two of us. Next time, we'll add cheese!

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  12. Christy/@ohionewbieJuly 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I follow @ClevelandChick on Twitter!

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  13. Christy/@ohionewbieJuly 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I follow @MeltingPotCleve on Twitter!

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  14. Christy/@ohionewbieJuly 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I tweeted: Mmm... I want to win the @meltingpotcleve #giveaway from @clevelandchick! http://www.happinessisahotpierogi.com.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  15. the cheese is my fav. i literally want to box out everyone else at the table.

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  16. i follow melting pot on twitter

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  17. OMG! Cleveland Chick I'm hungry after reading this, how do I win?

    My favorite is the cheese. I have never tried the Fiesta Cheddar ...but would LOVE To.

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  18. I love the cheese fondue the best! It's harder to keep the cheese at a the perfect temp at home so I love getting this.

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  19. I follow the Melting Pot on Twitter.

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  20. Hey everyone thanks for commenting, this contest is now closed. The winner was selected using a random number generator...and the winner is...MalininGrl! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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