Dine Downtown Preview at The Melting Pot

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The Melting Pot has been on my bucket list of foodie adventures ever since it opened in Sacramento.  When Dine Downtown offered my husband and I a complimentary preview, I was thrilled to finally have a chance to check it out and to learn why it’s so popular around town.

For those who are not familiar with Dine Downtown, it’s a compilation of some of Sacramento’s best restaurants that you can eat at on a $30 per person budget.  For 10 days straight, 29 participating restaurants offer three course, prix-fixe dinner menus for only $30 per person.

The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant, so I could imagine it would be an amazing place to go on your first date to break that awkward silence.   Be prepared to be very involved in the food, simply dipping away.  Our enthusiastic server prepared all of our courses in front of us.  It was so fun to watch.

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For the first course, we selected Garlic & Herb Cheddar as our Cheese Fondue dip.  Our server recommended it, and boy were we so glad he did.  It’s a Cheese Fondue Dip that consists of domestic beer, aged medium sharp cheddar, garlic, and wine seasoning.  Next up for our second course, we both got a California Salad which which included mixed baby greens, Roma tomatoes, walnuts, and Gorgonzola cheese with raspberry black walnut vinaigrette.  I am craving it all over again as I type this.  As our final course we got the French Quarter which consists of Filet Mignon, a breast of chicken, and white shrimp with spicy Cajun seasoning accompanied by Andouille sausage.  My favorite part was that we got to select the cooking style our meat was cooked in. We selected the Mojo, which is seasoned bouillon with fresh garlic and citrus flair.  When I say cooked in, I literally mean cooked in.  The meat was brought out raw and we got to stick our meat directly into the boiling pot of cooking sauce to cook it.  I could not believe it only took 2 minutes to cook!

Dessert lovers, you will dig the menu.  They offer a variety of desserts such as cheesecake, brownies, and strawberries to dip in their chocolate sauce.

I am looking forward to checking out more places for Dine Downtown.  Don’t forget to Visit DowntownSac.org to see all the participating restaurants.

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