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ShellyLynn3630
07-23-2011, 10:15 AM
Ok so we are heading to the Melting Pot tommorow for our very first trip and our 15th wedding anniversary. :banana: ki There is a special for the 30 bucks a person where you get a cheese, salad, certain entree and a chocolate. It would be 60 bucks even before drinks, tax and tip. But if we were to order one cheese at 16 bucks, a single entree at 24 bucks which comes with a salad for me and a chocolate for another 16 bucks it will come out to 56 bucks before drinks, tax and tip. What gives. Will we be getting more food with the 60 dollar total meal vs. buying it all seperately for 56 bucks before the drinks and such. Oh and just how much do they charge for sodas and sweet tea.

RachaelA
07-23-2011, 10:23 AM
Did you sign up on their website? You get a coupon for a free chocolate fondue for two? (I don't remember if there are certain restrictions with it or not).

aprilgail2
07-23-2011, 10:39 AM
Ok so we are heading to the Melting Pot tommorow for our very first trip and our 15th wedding anniversary. :banana: ki There is a special for the 30 bucks a person where you get a cheese, salad, certain entree and a chocolate. It would be 60 bucks even before drinks, tax and tip. But if we were to order one cheese at 16 bucks, a single entree at 24 bucks which comes with a salad for me and a chocolate for another 16 bucks it will come out to 56 bucks before drinks, tax and tip. What gives. Will we be getting more food with the 60 dollar total meal vs. buying it all seperately for 56 bucks before the drinks and such. Oh and just how much do they charge for sodas and sweet tea.

Thats a great deal! I never get out of there under 100.00 for two! If we had that deal for 30.00 a person here I would go more than once a month LOL!

JenLanDisney
07-23-2011, 10:53 AM
If I am understanding this correctly, you are getting a second entree for the $60. I think in your calculations, you're adding in a single entree.

ShellyLynn3630
07-23-2011, 10:54 AM
Did you sign up on their website? You get a coupon for a free chocolate fondue for two? (I don't remember if there are certain restrictions with it or not).

Ya I got that one, but the 30 bucks per person is still a better deal .

ShellyLynn3630
07-23-2011, 10:56 AM
If I am understanding this correctly, you are getting a second entree for the $60. I think in your calculations, you're adding in a single entree.

That might be it, I was thinking along that line.

Madison'smommy
07-23-2011, 10:57 AM
May I jump in and ask a question.... I have only been 1 time, I was with girlfriends... it was a nice girls night out.... Now, I am thinking about going with my DH for my birthday next week. The only reason I havent gone with my DH before is that he has food allergies.... so, by sharing the pot to cook in, I basically have to get steak. Is there a way for us to be able to cook in 2different pots? Will it cost me extra? We could share the cheese, and dessert.... he is allergic to seafood and poultry. I am not positive what the dessert dippers are, but assuming they dont have nuts (allergic)... we can share. I would have anything just left out that does have nuts in it.


TIA

aprilgail2
07-23-2011, 11:05 AM
May I jump in and ask a question.... I have only been 1 time, I was with girlfriends... it was a nice girls night out.... Now, I am thinking about going with my DH for my birthday next week. The only reason I havent gone with my DH before is that he has food allergies.... so, by sharing the pot to cook in, I basically have to get steak. Is there a way for us to be able to cook in 2different pots? Will it cost me extra? We could share the cheese, and dessert.... he is allergic to seafood and poultry. I am not positive what the dessert dippers are, but assuming they dont have nuts (allergic)... we can share. I would have anything just left out that does have nuts in it.


TIA

Ask for 2 burners when you call for a reservation.

Madison'smommy
07-23-2011, 11:07 AM
Ask for 2 burners when you call for a reservation.

lol, so it will be that easy.... not a big deal... thanks.

Lisa loves Pooh
07-23-2011, 11:31 AM
I wonder if it would be helpful to eliminate the cheese or entree. The two times I have gone, I was nearly too stuffed for dessert.

I don't know if it save money. But it makes the chocolate more enjoyable. :).

aprilgail2
07-23-2011, 11:55 AM
I wonder if it would be helpful to eliminate the cheese or entree. The two times I have gone, I was nearly too stuffed for dessert.

I don't know if it save money. But it makes the chocolate more enjoyable. :).

Many times if I go with my daughter or even with my mom we will get the cheese- then split a meal and still have room for dessert.

aprilgail2
07-23-2011, 11:56 AM
lol, so it will be that easy.... not a big deal... thanks.

We do that all the time because my daughter likes the broth and i like the oil so we get two burners so we can each have what we like.

ssawka
07-23-2011, 12:19 PM
That is an awesome deal and I agree you are comparing the price for one entree versus two. Also, I realize this is a budget board,but it is your anniversary. You should feel entitled to splurge. Now if you think it would be too much food for you, that's one thing, but worrying about $4 over an anniversary dinner just seems a bit extreme.

ShellyLynn3630
07-23-2011, 01:48 PM
That is an awesome deal and I agree you are comparing the price for one entree versus two. Also, I realize this is a budget board,but it is your anniversary. You should feel entitled to splurge. Now if you think it would be too much food for you, that's one thing, but worrying about $4 over an anniversary dinner just seems a bit extreme.

No I am not really worrying about 4 bucks really. Just curious as to what the difference in the offer would be. We are going with the 30 apiece offer. I am really worried about being too stuffed though. That dessert is real important to me and my gut. Lol. What about the cooking styles. Who likes what the best and why. I do know some do cost extra and I dont really know if I would like the broth type thingy.

3dog2kidmom
07-23-2011, 02:01 PM
When I go with girlfriends we always get wine, cheese, and chocolate and skip the entree. And we're still stuffed!

bumbershoot
07-23-2011, 03:37 PM
We've never once gotten the entree. And we rarely get something to drink (maybe water). And we're still stuffed when we leave.

They are easy about switching out dessert items. We don't eat marshmallows, and they are totally fine swapping out more strawberries for the marshmallows.

So just ask if anything has nuts (I've never noticed nuts) and if so swap something for that item.

ShellyLynn3630
07-23-2011, 04:37 PM
When I go with girlfriends we always get wine, cheese, and chocolate and skip the entree. And we're still stuffed!

This is what exactly what I am afraid of.

roxysmum123
07-23-2011, 04:58 PM
My boyfriend and I always get whatever special they have going on. It's a lot of food and always tasty. You can swap out the specials on the cheese, salads or chocolate for anything on the regular menu you like. We don't drink alcohol so that cuts costs and generally only get water when we go out to eat because I used to work in the restaurant business and can't bring myself to pay the markup on soda that places charge. The big night out, or whatever they call it, is worth the money you will pay for it. Besides, how many 15th anniversary dinners are you going to have really?

CarrieR
07-23-2011, 10:59 PM
I go with three friends on an annual basis -- we get two cheese apps, and two chocolate apps (so four "person servings" of cheese/choc) as well as a soda. We leave STUFFED and the total bill is $95. Think that includes tip. So with just two of you, you should be able to do half that. :)

aprilgail2
07-24-2011, 07:20 AM
Well now this darn thread has made me want to go to The Melting Pot---we haven't been there this month yet so I guess tonight will be as good of a time as any!

akayek31
07-24-2011, 11:33 AM
I have always wanted to go to the Melting Pot. I even have to coupons coming to me. Just have never been. Might have to make a trip after hearing about the cheese, chocolate, and strawberries.

ekatiel
07-24-2011, 03:42 PM
May I jump in and ask a question.... I have only been 1 time, I was with girlfriends... it was a nice girls night out.... Now, I am thinking about going with my DH for my birthday next week. The only reason I havent gone with my DH before is that he has food allergies.... so, by sharing the pot to cook in, I basically have to get steak. Is there a way for us to be able to cook in 2different pots? Will it cost me extra? We could share the cheese, and dessert.... he is allergic to seafood and poultry. I am not positive what the dessert dippers are, but assuming they dont have nuts (allergic)... we can share. I would have anything just left out that does have nuts in it.


TIA

As the PP said, I'm sure if you explain the situation, they'll give you a table with 2 burners. Also, I'm not sure if your DH worries about cross contamination, but if he does, you'll need to ask if the chocolate is cross contaminated with nuts (I'm sure you know that a lot of chocolate is made on shared lines with candy that contains nuts). Also, several of their chocolate styles have peanut butter in them, so you'll need to watch out for that. And they bring dippers like brownies and cheesecake that might also be cross contaminated. I'd just talk with them when you make your reservations to see what's safe and what's not. I'm sure they'll be willing to replace any of the dessert dip-ables that are not safe (they also have things like marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas).

OP-- Where did you find this coupon?? DH and I are going for our anniversary on Saturday, and the best we've been able to find is the free chocolate fondue! --Katie

hanutedmansionmomma
07-24-2011, 04:52 PM
I was a skeptic before my first trip too...what if I don't like it? What if I'm too full? Lemmee tell ya, it's all good. Ask your server what the most popular items are and stick with those the first time if you're not sure what to get. They are always great about subbing things out if you don't like, as a PP said.

Meat course: you get tons of sauces to dip your meat into. Delicious. Don't forget you're only eating one bite on a stick at a time, and you have to cook each piece one at a time.

It takes a loooong time to do the whole meal, and it's like watching a cooking show at your table. Dinner and a show! We have only been a few times, but love it - enjoy and happy anniversary!

aprilgail2
07-24-2011, 05:01 PM
IMeat course: you get tons of sauces to dip your meat into. Delicious. Don't forget you're only eating one bite on a stick at a time, and you have to cook each piece one at a time.

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LOL--took my brother there once and he is NOT someone that likes that kind of meal but it was my daughters birthday and that is where she picked to eat---He cooked one piece on the skewer and then he took his whole plate of meat and dumped it into the burner to all cook at once!! He was SO not into the long drawn out meal thing!

disneybound31
07-24-2011, 07:36 PM
My DSis has always wanted me to go with her, but I just don't understand the process...which is better? Broth or oil? I like healthy so broth? And I'm not huge on meat-especially raw meat so is there like a veggie thing to pick? What comes with the cheese fondue (dippers) and what cheese would be REALLY good?

Thinking I MAY surprise DSis with a ressie for getting her first teaching assignment- sounds like a celebratory type dinner and I already know she loves it there...

aprilgail2
07-24-2011, 08:11 PM
My DSis has always wanted me to go with her, but I just don't understand the process...which is better? Broth or oil? I like healthy so broth? And I'm not huge on meat-especially raw meat so is there like a veggie thing to pick? What comes with the cheese fondue (dippers) and what cheese would be REALLY good?

Thinking I MAY surprise DSis with a ressie for getting her first teaching assignment- sounds like a celebratory type dinner and I already know she loves it there...

They have a vegetarian option- I get that sometimes--comes with goat cheese ravioli, asparagus, artichoke hearts, edamame,mushrooms. Broth is like boiling meat--its good but I love batter dipping things and frying them so we get two burners so I don't have to fry everything but can fry somethings.
Dippers for cheese fondue- breads, apples, nacho type chips, carrots, celery. I LOVE the artichoke dip--its soooo good!

2girls4me
07-24-2011, 08:55 PM
I love their Caesar salad. It's usually about 120 or so for both of us. We get the big nightnout, cheese, salad, entree and dessert. They have different deals. But ordering a la carte, so to speak, is going to be more expensive.

Sinderelly
07-24-2011, 09:16 PM
DH and I went for our anniversary and thought is was so so. The cheese and chocolate were delicious. The entree and salad not that good. If we go back we are going to stick with the cheese and chocolate :thumbsup2

aprilgail2
07-24-2011, 09:38 PM
I love their Caesar salad. It's usually about 120 or so for both of us. We get the big nightnout, cheese, salad, entree and dessert. They have different deals. But ordering a la carte, so to speak, is going to be more expensive.

I am not a salad lover but I LOVE their house salad with the peppercorn ranch dressing. I usually get one to go to eat the next day when I am there!