My husband and I just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary and a willing Grandma took two girls overnight so we could go out and celebrate. An email offering us “free chocolate” as an ending to our meal sealed the deal for the Melting Pot as our restaurant of choice. A coupon will get me every time!
In case you’re not familiar, The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant that offers cheeses, entrées, and desserts that all involve a pot of boiling or molten liquid or substance on a hot burner in the middle of your table. For the cheese course, it’s melted in front of your very eyes and you dip bread, veggies and fruit into it. Delish! For the entrée course you get your choice of pot. One is oil based so your meats, fish, poultry, and veggies have a fried taste. Another is a wine based option. The one we got was a “Mojo” pot and had some citrus flavors. All of them are great.
Our entrée plate had two types of steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, and a lobster tail. Prior to eating, you’re instructed on how long each type of food takes to cook, and given orders not to contaminate your fork by spearing raw meat with it then using it to eat, and not to put raw meat on the plate you’ll eat off. We were also told not to eat directly off the long fondue fork because after sitting in boiling liquid or oil it tends to be hot. I accidentally touched mine at some point during our meal and can vouch that this one is true. Yeowch!
The dessert course is a beautiful pot of chocolate that has been warmed and brought to the table. With it comes a variety of things like cheesecake, brownies, pound cake, strawberries, and marshmallows. It’s decadent, though I’m always stuffed by this point and can only indulge a little.
Every time I’ve been to this location of The Melting Pot, the service has been excellent. The atmosphere is dim and cozy, though we were seated in a small booth for two with a wrap-around seat this time and by the end of the meal, squished by my daddy long legs of a husband, I was pretty sure I was working on a blood clot. Thank goodness I had made a few selections from the extensive wine list. I hear that’s good for circulation – and I’m serious about taking care of my health. *smirk*
Beyond this being a general restaurant review, I want to ponder the point of whether or not The Melting Pot is a family restaurant and I’m torn. Two of the three times I’ve been there (once Anna Nicole Smith was two booths behind my girlfriends and me) I’ve come across families who brought really young children and I’ve wondered why. As we were eating, I thought about how the experience would be with our 8 and 6-year-olds. 1) I’d be nervous they’d be burned by either the hot liquid or burner on the table. 2) I can hardly keep track of how long my own chicken has been in the pot, no less two additional people. Someone would walk away with salmonella. 3) Your meats come out one tiny piece at a time, so there’s no cutting up a lot of anything at any one time. As an adult couple we really enjoy how the four courses (I forgot to mention the salad), it’s nice that the meal is spaced out and takes some time. If I threw two kids in the mix, I think I might be wishing for it to end.
I have a friend with two similarly aged boys and she said they did fine and everyone enjoyed it. Though I should add that she used to be a teacher and is very patient. While there this last time, we saw several families with tweens and teens and everyone looked like they were having a really nice time. Maybe in a few years we’ll take our daughters there, but for now, off to Grandma’s they go.
The Myrtle Beach Melting Pot is located at 5001 N. Kings Hwy and can be reached at (843) 692-9003. You view their menu, hours, and specials on their website located here.
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