September 24, 2010

With Locations Near Boulder, The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant has a Huge Selection of Gluten-Free Items for Boulder-Area Residents

By Evan Sandsmark -  

Eating at a fondue restaurant is a majestic affair. It is an almost royal experience to be given exotic eating utensils and placed before a vast array of dishes and plates, each one containing a different type of food that can dipped deeply into the large fondue pots that sit prominently atop the table. Moreover, this grand experience is replicated, but not diminished, with the coming of each course, of which there are generally several. In short, eating fondue is an event worth experiencing. Will you have to miss out on the extravaganza that is fondue dining if you have a gluten intolerance? No, at least not if The Melting Pot is around, and given that there are 145 locations spread across 37 states, and three within less than an hour’s drive of Boulder, we don’t anticipate the restaurant’s disappearance any time soon.

Perhaps you, gluten-free eater, are nevertheless worried that your fondue experience can’t be quite as princely because of the limitations of your GF diet. Sure, there will be something to eat at The Melting Pot, but it can’t be as we described it above, with all the plates of food and pots of melted goodness. Maybe they’ll throw you some rice crackers and a carrot to nibble on while your acquaintances thrust chunks of bread into steaming lakes of cheese, but that’s about all you can get, right? No! The gluten-free menu at The Melting Pot is almost exactly the same as the regular menu (trusts us, we looked at them side-by-side), except that the GF menu has small notes below the main items that explain the modifications necessary for a gluten-free meal. Otherwise, virtually every item on one menu is on the other!

So, what are these menu items? Assuming you take the traditional dining route (and honestly we’re not sure if another route can – or for that matter should – be taken), you’ll have four courses to choose food for. Let’s take a look at each of them in turn.

First, you’ll have to select a cheese fondue. There are six options available, and we wish you the best of luck in deciding because they all sound great. The Spinach Artichoke looks excellent, and so does the Wisconsin Trio, but really, we’d be happy with any one of them. Depending on which cheese fondue you pick, some slight modifications need to be made (e.g., regular beer needs to be substituted with Redbridge beer in the Wisconsin Trio), and no matter what you choose you’ll have to switch bread and chips for a “cheese dipper bowl.” But no matter: you still get the big pot of melted cheese, and that’s what counts.

Next up is the salad course, and again you have a number of options to pick from. Some of these salads are GF to begin with, like the Spinach Mushroom Salad and the California Salad, and a couple others need very slight modifications, like holding the croutons on the Caesar. But salads are kind of boring, so let’s move on to the main event: entrées!

By our count, there are nine entrées, and frankly, every last one of them sounds great. Most of them involve high-quality seafood or meat, like scallops and filet mignon, but there is a vegetarian option (with some tweaks to make if GF) as well, and in any event all of the entrées are served with an “array of vegetables” (in addition to the salad you will have ordered). One of the cool things about fondue is that you get to cook your entrée, and there are a few different ways to do this. The difference in cooking styles, at least at The Melting Pot, has to do with your flavor preferences, and there are four to choose from. We’re partial to the Coq au Vin (made with fresh herbs, mushrooms, garlic, spices and burgundy wine), but the Caribbean-seasoned Mojo and European-style Bourguignonne look great, and the Court Bouillon vegetable broth is nothing to scoff at.

Last but certainly not least, you get to choose a chocolate fondue. There are as many chocolate selections as there are entrée selections, plus you can create your own blend, so this section of the meal will inevitably give rise to wild indecisiveness. Just the same, choose you must. Since we’re into pecans (not to mention milk chocolate and caramel), the Flaming Turtle looks great. The same can be said of the Bananas Foster, which is made with white chocolate, bananas, and a dash of cinnamon. There is even a pure chocolate fondue for those who don’t want their stuff cut with anything besides maybe another kind of chocolate.

That concludes our four-course description, and the end couldn’t have come soon enough because we’re starving after reading the The Melting Pot’s GF menu!

If you want to get your mouth watering, you can find the The Melting Pot’s GF menu here:

The nearest restaurant location to Boulder:
732 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

But if you’re going to Denver:
2707 W. Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120

Let us know about your gluten-free dining experience at The Melting Pot below!

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