Last night Denis and I went to dinner at The Melting Pot with L-Train and Nic from my office. It was a really fun time and the food was great. This week in Charlotte they had a special “Queen’s Feast” event where a few dozen restaurants were offering price fixed meals for $30 per person. Some of those restaurants normally cost $80-100 per person (including TMP, which starts at $90 per person), so we jumped at the opportunity.
We had a four course meal – a cheese fondue, a salad, the main course fondue, followed up with a chocolate fondue. It was all YUM-MY. The cheese fondue was a spinach artichoke concoction, and we had bread, veggies, tortilla chips and apples to dip. We wolfed that down to the point where we were literally scraping the bowl to get every last bit of cheese we could.
The salad course came next, and they were basically just offered so that the coq au vin broth had time to warm up for the main course. Denis, Nic and L-Train all got the Piedmont, which was a mix of red meat, chicken, seafood and pasta. I got the coastal, which was lobster, salmon, shrimp and chicken (do chickens frequently live on the coast?). We had about a dozen sauces to dip our food into, and my favorite was some honey ginger sauce. It was fabulous with everything I had on my plate. L-Train was funny because the whole concept of fondue was weird to her, and at some point I think she made some comment about how she doesn’t go to restaurants so she can cook her own food. *lol*
The last course was the chocolate fondue. Oh my word. We opted for half dark chocolate and half white chocolate for our dip, and our items included marshmallows, rice krispy treats, pound cake, strawberries, bananas and brownie bites. Pure decadence. But at this point I was so stuffed that I actually felt pain as I ate the last brownie bite on the plate.
The other great part of the meal was the beverage I ordered. It was called a Turtletini, and it was basically Bailey’s Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and regular Hershey’s chocolate syrup. The glass was lined with crushed pecans. It was the perfect drink. Just perfect. But at $9 each, I only ordered one.
All in all it was a fun night and we’ve decided to do it again next year when Queen’s Feast rolls around, but pick another restaurant – maybe Del Frisco’s, another highroller restaurant in uptown Charlotte.
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