The Melting Pot kitchen does no cooking other than a little prewarming, to jump-start your tabletop experience. In addition to cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue, the menu features salads and fondues of seasoned broths for cooking meat and fish. Any can be ordered à la carte, but Mark Shaw says most guests opt to try them all in a whopping four-course parade called the Big Night Out. It typically takes about three hours and costs about $40 per person.
The Melting Pot, 309 South Main, 622–0055. Mon.–Thurs. 4–10 p.m., Fri. 4–11 p.m., Sat. noon–11 p.m., Sun. noon–10 p.m. meltingpot.com
[Originally published in January, 2009.]