Wine Dine and Play: The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot restaurant started in 1975 and has over 160 restaurants in the chain today serving Swiss cuisine focused on fondue






October 2019 review  /  December 2016 review



Fondue - Why Else Go To A Melting Pot
St. Petersburg, Florida 
Cuisine Style: Swiss
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 3/5
Dined: December 2016
Article Updated: December 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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The Melting Pot St Pete Zomato rating:

The Melting Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato









Fondue originated in Switzerland and has not changed much since the 1930s. Originally it was melted Swiss cheese served with bread for dipping using long-stemmed forks. The word fondue is a French verb first used in1735, in Vincent la Chapelle's Cuisinier moderne, but the word cheese fondue traces its earliest roots back to a 1699 book published in Zurich, under the name "Käss mit Wein zu kochen,"or ‘to cook cheese with wine.’ Fondue became popular in the United States in the 1950s, and in 1975 The Melting Pot Restaurant was founded. Since the founding over 40 years ago outside Orlando in Maitland, Florida, they have franchised all over the USA, Canada, and Mexico with over 160 locations. This review is of the visit my wife and I had to The Melting Pot in St. Petersburg.

The Melting Pot St Pete Menu:
    • The Best of Saint Petersburg
    • Cheese Fondue
    • Fresh Salads and Soups
    • Entrees
    • Fondue Entrees: Create Your Own
    • Fondue Entrees: Four-Course
    • Cooking Styles
    • Shareable Sides
    • Desserts

I may have been living under a rock for most of my adult life, but this was the first time I had been to a Melting Pot restaurant. Defiantly not the first time I had fondue, but I do have to say that I was impressed with my visit. My wife and I sat at the bar as we do in most restaurants we come to, and since we came during happy hour the normal price which was $84 USD was now $52, saving us $33 which is always nice.

We began with a few glasses of wine while looking over the many fondue selections as well as other starters. My wife had a glass of Charles & Charles rosé, part of the K Vintners Winery group based in Columbia Valley, Washington. The winemakers tasting notes called it sunshine in a glass. Pleasant with aromas of rose petals, camellias, tangerine, marjoram, wet stone and cut hay. One sip and you can feel the summer sun on your face. For me, I went with a Malbec from El Portillo, part of the Bodegas Salentein Winery, in Alto Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina. Portillo in English means portal or gateway. The winemaker describes the Malbec as a deep ruby red with a rich bouquet of fruit, reminiscent of plums and blackberries. Fresh flavors of redcurrant and black cherry supported by sweet, round tannins ending in a long finish with notes of cinnamon and cloves.

We decided to share two starter plates and one fondue for our happy hour meal, watching as the crowd began to come in. The first starter was a Hawaiian flatbread, with herb-crusted chicken, fresh pineapple, and a combination of Butterkäse and Fontina cheeses baked atop a clove of roasted garlic and herb flatbread then drizzled with teriyaki glaze. From what I remember as I’m writing this review nearly two months after the experience, the flatbread was fantastic. Butterkäse pronounced “booter-keh-zuh,” is a Wisconsin cheddar called “butter cheese” which originated on the Swiss-German border.

A Hawaiian flatbread with chicken, pineapple, and cheese at the Melting Pot restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida
The Melting Pot / Hawaiian Flatbread 

Our second dish was the savory satay skewers, garnished on half an orange cut. There were three skewers to the order with nicely marinated cuts of your choice of beef, chicken or seafood accompanied by a seasonal dipping sauce. We chose the beef for our selection that evening.

Some satay skewers with soy dipping sauce at the Melting Pot restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida
The Melting Pot / Satay Skewers

Finally came the highlight of the evening and the namesake for the restaurant, fondue. They had over twenty to choose from classical to chocolate and special fondues. We decided on the Green goddess cheddar fondue. The featured cheeses were an Aged cheddar, and a Swiss Emmenthaler, melted with a lager beer, roasted garlic,  homemade Green Goddess dressing, black pepper, and a gluten-free Redbridge beer by Anheuser-Busch. Redbridge is a rich, hearty and full-bodied gluten-free lager brewed from sorghum with a distinctively fruity hop aroma, a sweet toasted grain flavor and a well-balanced, moderately hopped finish.


The green goddess fondue at the Melting Pot restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida has swiss, cheddar, and green goddess dressing mixed together with dipping choices.
The Melting Pot / Fondue


Dessert:
We did not have dessert during this visit, but some items of interest on the menu include the black forest chocolate fondue with assorted fruits and dips.

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Final notes, review basics, observations, and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambience, food quality, and wow factor. 
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give The Melting Pot a 3 out of 5 stars, meaning that they exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for The Melting Pot St Pete
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambience
10
10
0
Food quality
10
9
1
Plate presentation
10
7
3
Customer service
13
7
6
Alcohol and other beverages
10
8
2
Total regular points awarded
54
43
11
Total percentage — less the Bonus

0.796296296296296

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
0
0
Total bonus percentage

0

Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating

0.78127596294491

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
- 0 - 5
3

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**



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Overall Star Rating:
3 of 5 Stars: 
78% Rating with a 0 point “wow” bonus
Exceeded My Expectations in a Dining Experience
Wine List:
Corkage fees:
The Melting Pot does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant-style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style at The Melting Pot:
Swiss
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Low Carb Choices, Gluten-Free Choices, Organic Options, Pescatarian, Vegetarian and Vegan Options
Reservations:
Not Required
Walk-Ins:
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Casual attire

It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:


The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Melting Pot Experiences:
Place for foodies, Contemporary, Modern, Lounge, Business parties, Romantic, Good for special occasions, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
Melting Pot has a private lot
Wifi:
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Medium
Smoking:
The Melting Pot is a non-smoking restaurant, with a non-smoking patio
Patio or terrace:
Yes





Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)


**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

Currency:
Price
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Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
££
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
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Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
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European Union (EUR)
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 Alcohol prices:

$25.00 USD



The Melting Pot:

2221 4th St North 
St. Petersburg, Florida
33704






Contact Information: 


Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727-895-6358
Online reservations
Website Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)


Sun - Thur
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm 
Social Media 
And 
Accolades for Melting Pot:
Melting Pot Facebook link                








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