Last night was one of those times.
It was Tiffany's Birthday. The perfect day for a big celebration. I wanted something awesome. Something fantastic and romantic and fun and memorable. I scoured internet review sites trying to find ideas. I asked friends. I asked strangers. I read newspaper columns.
And then I found it...
And it was definitely different. The Melting Pot was probably, hands down, one of the best overall eating experiences I have ever had. The atmosphere was cozy, each booth surrounded by slightly higher walls so that we couldn't see the others dining around us. With a fondue pot in the middle of the table and several dipping options available, even the eating of the food was more intimate. I loved that each bite had to be skewered, dipped and then eaten, eliminating the hurried gobbling of food that often happens at restaurants. I didn't feel rushed. I wasn't overstimulated by TVs or radios blaring. It was the perfect eating environment. We talked and ate and laughed as we fished through our fondue pot for a lost ravioli or carrot. And the food was wonderful. So many different flavors. So many different options. Each bite was a science experiment, combining new items and cook times and dipping sauces to discover an ever-expanding variety of tastes. To top it all off our waitress was phenomenal. She got a really, really good tip (if you ever go, ask for Jes. You won't be disappointed).
The Melting Pot is a little more pricey, but if you are looking for something above average for a nice date I'd definitely recommend this one.