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The Conversant Critic: Melt into the Melting Pot

Sitting along the Riverfront District, the Melting Pot is the perfect place for fondue, dates and even a laid- back gathering of a small group of friends.  Servers present professional service with a friendly aura.
Each table has a small stovetop where customers melt their cheeses and chocolates and even cook meat. Servers bring out ingredients to be poured into and cooked right in the pot at the table, providing a unique experience for customers.
A pot of melted cheese could easily be anyone’s comfort food. Try the spinach and artichoke dip to spice it up. This dip is made with Butterkase and Fontina cheeses, along with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic and a pinch of Tabasco sauce. The combination of these ingredients make a tangy yet surprisingly satisfying cheese blend melted beautifully in the pot. Don’t be scared of the Tabasco sauce. The sauce adds more flavor to the dip. Along with the cheese dip comes artisan breads, veggies, tortilla chips and a side of green apples.
The Melting Pot features about eight different chocolate blends including pure chocolate and white chocolate crème brulee.  A good choice for first-timers is the Original, a signature menu item blended with milk chocolate and crunchy peanut butter. The rich chocolate fondue is served with several sweet dipping treats such as sliced strawberries, fresh banana chunks, pineapple, marshmallow treats, brownies and pound cake.
Dim lighting, mellow music and granite tables give this restaurant a distinct high-end feel, but a person doesn’t have to have a wad of cash to enjoy a visit.
One portion of cheese or chocolate fondue, costing under $20, is a fairly decent amount, making it easy to share.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, grab a special someone, take a trip to the Melting Pot and enjoy some of the finest fondues in town.