Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Melting Pot

January 17th.

So, we know this isn't an Ann Arbor original, but we still wanted to add it to our list. We took off to The Melting Pot on Main Street with our dear friend and roommate, Dana, for a lunch celebrating her recent engagement.

Atmosphere: 8. The canned music was key to our experience. For real, it was great. It was a constant croon-fest with faves like "Stormy Weather," and "Where or When" sung by a sultry Harry Conick. Elisabeth and I were enjoying it a bit too much (singing along at times...) but Dana couldn't quite understand what the fuss was about. 

Service: 5. Did you know the Melting Pot has three stories? Neither did we. But we soon found out as we were swept up to the top floor by a winded host who had obviously made the trip a few times already that afternoon. From then on it was all down-hill. Where is our waitress? She probably got lost on one of the other thirty floors between the kitchen and where we were seated...

Food: 7. For our first course we ordered the Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue. It was served with bread, fresh vegetables and apple slices. Apples and swiss go surprisingly well together. For our dessert course, we opted for the Original Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fondue. Us girls at 528 have a hard time resisting Peanut Butter and Chocolate in just about any form. The dessert was the best part of this experience. They served the fondue with strawberries, cheesecake, marshmallows, brownies, and Elisabeth's personal favorite- rice crispy treats.  Yum. The food was delicious, we just wish there were more of it, or perhaps that they serve us each our own small individual dipping samplers; the shared platter of sampler items could create conflict if someone likes to hoard all the food... 

Fondue! Photo take from the internet-- this is obviously not Swiss Cheese...
Overall: 7. This is a great restaurant to take a date to or to have a party at. We can't deny that we had a fantastic lunch, we just couldn't get past the "chain" feel and the fact that it took an hour and a half to eat our two small courses. 

If you go:
309 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 799-0797

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