When this Examiner learned that The Melting Pot launched a gluten-free menu back in May it was like music to my ears. This restaurant has been a family favorite, so we couldn’t wait to go and test it out. It is recommended to make reservations because you will be eating dinner for anywhere from 1-2 hours, so we went in to celebrate Father’s Day.
When the reservations were made they were notified about my gluten-free needs and when we arrived they asked which person in our party was eating gluten free. I was handed a gluten-free menu and we were seated at a table with two burners, which seemed odd to me. Each table has one burner for the fondue pot, so why would we need two? Well, the staff wanted me to have my own fondue pot free of cross contamination just in case anyone in my party wanted to order a wheat-based item. How wonderful that they thought of this before we even ordered.
The menu is very easy to navigate with a big “GF” next to items and instructions for ordering those items that need substitutions. For instance, the cheese fondue needs to be ordered made with cornstarch and Redbridge beer can be substituted in one version of fondue. They bring out apples and veggies for dipping in the fondue in place of bread cubes, but you are welcome to bring in your own bread, which we have done in the past. The best part is there are very few items that contain gluten.
We ordered our usual, salad, main course and dessert. When the main course arrived, the item my husband ordered that contained gluten (teriyaki steak) was on a separate plate to prevent cross contamination. I was also given my own set of sauces. As always, the main entree comes out raw, so you cook it yourself. The food was wonderful as usual and not a bite was left.
Now on to dessert. We always order the plain chocolate fondue, so they split it in half and put it in two fondue pots. My husband and daughter had a separate plate containing the rice crispy treat, brownie and cheese cake and my plate contained marshmallows, bananas, strawberries and pineapples. I have been known to bring in my own gluten-free brownie for dipping.
The gluten-free menu is available at all restaurants and can be accessed on their website by selecting “Locations”, then selecting the restaurant you plan to visit, then selecting “Menu” and then clicking on “Gluten- Free Menu”.
Thank you to The Melting Pot for working with the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program to compile the menu. This Examiner enjoyed a worry-free tasty meal and will definitely be going back for more. It was my daughter’s first experience with fondue and she can’t wait to go back. We would highly recommend this restaurant as its staff is very well trained on the gluten-free diet, the food is wonderful and the staff is very accommodating.