Pittsburgh, PA Edition: The Melting Pot

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is a chain restaurant that specializes in fondue and has multiple locations across the country.

The Melting PotIt's a fun concept because it's an engaging dinner - where, yes, you do have to cook your own food - but its interactive and lots of fun for a group.

The Melting PotRecently, I finally tried this restaurant with one of my best friends and her group of bridesmaids. We made a reservation at the Pittsburgh location and made our way back through the huge restaurant to our table.

The Melting PotThe general concept is this: pick a cheese course, pick a salad, pick an entree and pick a chocolate course.

The Melting PotThis all evens out to one standard price around $50. You can do a la carte, but it seemed easier for a group to just do the full experience.

The Melting PotSo, first step is to choose the cheese course. We had two burners so we got to choose two different cheeses: Buffalo Wisconsin Trio - butterkase, fontina, gorgonzola melted with white whine, sherry, shallots, Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce and Classic Alpine - gruyee, raclette, fontina, melted with white wine, garlic and nutmeg.

The Melting Pot

The cheese course was served with bread, tortilla chips and green apples.

The Melting PotThen, we each got to choose one of the salads. I went with a house salad - romaine, iceberg, chedder, tomatoes, croutons, cucumber and sweet/tangy dressing.

The Melting PotFor the main course, we choose two kinds of cooking oil: Mojo - Caribbean-inspired, garlic, citrus and Season Court Bouillon - seasoned vegetable broth.

The Melting PotI created my own combo with: Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin, Shrimp, Wild Mushroom Sacchetti.

The Melting PotThe entrees all come with additions of mushrooms, potatoes and broccoli. And, there are like 8 different dipping sauces for all the different options. They all cook for a little bit different time, but I honestly think it's tough to mess it up. It was all so, so good.

The Melting PotThen, it's time for dessert!

The Melting PotWe picked the chocolate s'mores (with dark chocolate) - marshmallow cream and graham cracker. And we got the flaming turtle (with milk chocolate) - caramel and candied pecans.

The Melting PotBoth were flambeed!

The Melting PotAnd, it was served with a number of delicious goodies - rice krispies, fruit, brownies, waffle.

The Melting PotIt's not cheap, but it was a fun experience and interactive - without the cleanup!

The Melting Pot

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