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i need some feedback...<br><br><br><br>
im meeting some friends at the melting pot tomorrow for dinner. its a chain so im sure many of you are familiar with it (a fondue restaurant).<br><br><br><br>
im confused about what i should order. any tips on whats safe and what isnt safe to eat there? (im lacto ovo)<br><br><br><br>
thanks!
 

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From their menu....<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The Vegetarian $15<br><br>
An array of fresh seasonal vegetables, tofu, artichoke hearts,<br><br>
portobello mushrooms, and our own Spinach and<br><br>
Gorgonzola Ravioli.<br><br>
Sauces: Basil Pesto, Buttermilk Bleu Cheese, Garlic Dijon Butter.<br><br><br><br>
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Cheese Fondue<br><br><br><br>
At The Melting Pot, great fondue begins with the finest quality cheeses, carefully aged to our demanding<br><br>
specifications. Our cheese fondues are rich in flavor, with a creamy smooth texture. Your server prepares each<br><br>
fondue tableside and seasons it to your taste. Fresh breads, vegetables, and apples are served for dipping.<br><br><br><br>
$12 (serves 1-2)<br><br><br><br>
Each Additional Person $6<br><br><br><br><b>Cheddar Cheese Fondue</b><br><br>
Aged medium sharp Cheddar and Emmenthaler cheeses, lager<br><br>
beer, garlic, and seasonings.<br><br><br><br><b>Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue</b><br><br>
Gruyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, white wine, a touch of<br><br>
garlic, nutmeg, fresh lemon, and Kirschwasser.<br><br><br><br><b>Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue</b><br><br>
Creamy Fontina and Butterkäse, as well as Buttermilk Bleu Cheese<br><br>
with white wine, fresh scallions and a hint of sherry.<br><br><br><br><b>Fiesta Cheese Fondue</b><br><br>
Cheddar cheese with the flavor of Mexican herbs, spices, jalapeño<br><br>
peppers, and salsa. Served with crisp tortilla chips... and we’ll<br><br>
make it as spicy as you like.</div>
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You better call ahead and ask if the cheese is made with rennet. I've never eaten there.
 

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I have eaten there and the vegetarian plate is good. However, I don't recommend doing it in the Court Bouiliion broth. Unless you find cubes of boiled tofu appetizing. Also be aware that you will be sticking your food into cooking liquid with your dining companion's food (and into the same sauce, too), so if that bothers you, you're going to have a big problem.
 

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im not so much concerned about the rennet. i didnt mention, but im also pregnant... and most of those cheese ones have lager beer or wine in them. ay yi yi, am i going to be stuck just eating bread and dessert??
 

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it looks like i will probably go the cheese fondue route with the breads, apples, and veggies (i will skip the broth entirely). im just concerned about the alcohol in the cheese.
 

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They make all the cheese fondues at the table, so if you want them to leave the alcohol out, that's easily done. Just tell them when you order, and they won't bring out the glass of wine/beer/kirsch they normally put in it.<br><br><br><br>
I should also point out, just so you know, that it's going to be rather awkward, socially speaking, for you to just have cheese fondue and then have nothing while your companions are having their entree. It will not be possible for you to have cheese fondue WHILE the rest of the party is having meat fondue. Every table has exactly one built-in burner, and the cheese is served on it first, followed by the salad, followed by the main course. I think the best option if you don't want to eat the entree might be to have them serve you two salads, one with the salad course, and one with the main course. PS: They have several different salads that are quite good, so that's not as much a hardship as it may sound.
 

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I had the vegetarian plate when I went with my family and it was wonderful. There are also tables with multiple pots, so you can avoid sticking your veggies in with someone else's dead animal.
 

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I had the vegetarian plate when I went with my family and it was wonderful. There are also tables with multiple pots, so you can avoid sticking your veggies in with someone else's dead animal.</div>
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Really? The location I've been to didn't have them. It was basically one pot per four seats. Plus some tables for two.
 

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So any vegan options. I do love the concept of fondue.</div>
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Again, you would have to be pretty relaxed about the concept of your vegetables going in broth/oil that your friends are using to cook their meat, but most of the vegetarian entree is vegan. It's just tofu cubes and fresh vegetables. Have them leave off the gorgonzola ravioli. I imagine their salads are probably vegan if you have them omit the cheese. Skip the cheese fondue, obviously. They have a lot of chocolate fondues for dessert, including a dark chocolate, but you'd have to do some research on that. Ask them to sub extra fruit for the marshmallows and brownies on the dessert.<br><br><br><br>
If you're into the concept of fondue, you could also consider getting your own fondue pot and doing it at home. It's easy and fun! My only problem has been finding a good egg-free batter recipe for the veggies.
 
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