Post # 1
So this friday night the hubs and I have our first date night alone in almost a year! No toddler, and no pregnancy talk are our rules. yay! (our last date night ended with me passed out at 6pm due to having a cold and headach and mixing wayyy to much of the wrong medicines. Its time for a re-do!)
So of course if I want this night to go perfect then I need to plan. We are from the Grand Rapids area in Michigan (so if anyone else is familar with this area and has an idea let me know!). I want a cool, unique and fun restaraunt to go to. So I came acrossed ‘The Melting Pot’. It looks super cool but from the sounds of it SUPER expensive! I don’t mind spending alot but not a whole heck of alot. ($60ish dollar range?) Anyone else experienced this place? How much did it cost?
Also, does anyone know of any cool/unique chain restaruants? Something that we might have here in Michigan?
Post # 3
I’ve been to the one in Cleveland 3 times. I absolutely love the food and atmosphere…..FI is silly and always complains that he does’t like to wait while the food cooks in the fondu pots. I really enjoy it and you HAVE to try the dessert platter 🙂 It’s the best part!
Post # 4
I’ve been to three different locations and always thought it was “okay”. The apps and desserts are great, but I didn’t enjoy having to cook my own entree. If I’m paying that much money I want the steak or chicken cooked for me! It has a cool atmosphere and the drinks are good though 🙂
Post # 5
The Melting Pot is sooo yummy but it will definitely cost you more than $60 for two people. I think last time we went there we ordered wine and it came to like $120 or so.
Post # 6
Melting Pot is delicious!! DH and I went there on Sunday night. You’d be able to eat there in your price range if you just do a single fondue course (like only cheese, only meat, or only chocolate) but I don’t think I’d ever go to a fondue restaurant and not do all three!
For a couple to eat cheese, meat, and chocolate fondue plus non-alcoholic drinks will run you about $100 total at Melting Pot (they have a special that includes all three types plus salad that starts at like $40 a person plus drinks and tip). But it’s sooo delicious and sooo worth it if you can swing a bit more into the date night budget.
Post # 7
I’ve never been but I know people who have gone and love it (because it is unique) or hate it (because of the food). My husband is European and a bit of a cheese snob, I mean not really but he was appalled at the price you pay for the quality of cheese, but he went years and years ago so the quality might have gotten better since then.
Post # 8
It’s okay…it’s very expensive. It’s a LOT of food, but I’d rather just have a big delicious, well seasoned steak from a steakhouse for $60 a pop. The food is a little bland (you’re cooking in flavored broth, it can only get so exciting, you know?) and it takes hours to eat, i swear. It’s an interesting experience, but I’ve enjoyed FAR better meals elsewhere. I also hate being that uncomfortably full..it is a ridiculous amount of food.
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Post # 9
Yum – I love their “Big Night Out” but yeah, it’s not cheap. But you also won’t leave hungry. So, it’s a trade off. If you go, ask for one of their private booths – totally romantic because there’s a curtain shielding you from the rest of the world.
Post # 10
I’ve been to the Melting Pot. The cheese fondue is the best. Some of the people I went with thought it was overpriced for basically having to cook your own food. haha. And it is really hard to get a piece of meat cooked right, because you just have to keep guessing on the cooking times. So most of our stuff came out overdone. The dessert is obviously good (who doesn’t love chocolate), but it isn’t that hard to make your own chocolate fondue and stick marshmallows and cakes in it, so I think that part is overpriced.
I’d say just go to Melting Pot for drinks and cheese fondue, but not a full dinner.
Post # 11
LOVE IT!! We go every year with DH’s family on Xmas eve.
If you sign up for club fondue you get a free chocolate fondue I think. It is expensive but SO worth it. I recommend getting the three course. You get a salad and then pick your cheese fondue, then they bring out dinner, and then you pick your chocolate fondue. It is a pretty lengthy dinner though. I think for our first dinner it was about $150 for just the two of us. But DH had also done a special package. Honestly, I have never looked at the rest of the menu because we all agree to go all out there. I am pretty sure we do the “Big Night out.” Melting Pot = food coma for me haha.
Post # 12
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The one I’ve been to around LA is about $120 (if I remember correctly) for two people without drinks, after tax and tip, if you get the full four-course meal.
The food isn’t as great as you could hope for the price, but it’s a fun night out if you have money to blow. I used to like going to their happy hour for half-off cheese/chocolate fondue. 😉
Post # 13
Obviously I get really excited about Melting Pot cause all my sentences are messed up in my previous post and almost don’t make much sense lol
Post # 14
I love the cheese and the chocolate but can do without the meat course. Personally, if I’m going to be spending that much money on a good piece of steak and/or lobster, the last thing I want to do is boil it in broth or fry it in oil. But that’s just me. When I go, I usually go with my girlfriends. The one by us has a special for the cheese, salad and dessert. It’s perfect!
Post # 15
I love melting pot!! My FH takes me every year for my birthday. It is on the expensive side, though. And you do have to cook your own food. But my experiences have always been really yummy, and you’ll definitely be full. Plus it’s fun! I love the atmosphere..it’s really cozy!
Post # 16
I like the Melting Pot, it’s definitely something fun and unique to do for the experience. You can often get a deal or a special, so I’d go online and do a search for that. We have done the Big Night Out which includes cheese fondue, salad, the entree, and dessert. It is SO much food though. I think the cheese is super yummy and the dessert is so fun too (I love the bananas in chocolate) so depending on what you guys liked, you could do only two courses and still have plenty of food.
Date night sounds fun though! Have a good time!