Sherlock Zone recently accepted a friend’s invitation to go out and have some fondue. His friend took him to a restaurant aptly named The Melting Pot, which has 85 locations across the United States. Our Sherlock, who we often ask to investigate restaurants to find clues about what to eat to stay in the Zone, found fondue to be an interesting case to explore.
One dining suggestion Sherlock has is to have a fondue and a salad. Fondues feature cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, and Wisconsin Trio Cheese (Fontina, Butterkase and Buttermilk Bleu Cheese). Fondues are served with vegetables and apples for dipping, which is great, and fresh breads, which Zoners will reject.
Two of the Melting Pot’s Signature Salads will round out the protein needed for diners’ meals. The Chef’s Salad comes with Roma tomatoes, sliced eggs, cucumbers, smoked ham and Emmenthaler cheese. Instead of choosing the sweet and tangy house dressing, ask for a no-fat variety. There’s enough fat in the cheese fondue. The California Salad features Roma tomatoes, walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.
So what did Sherlock and his friend have? They selected Fondue for Two, which included a cheese fondue, signature salad, an entrée and a final course, which we will discuss later.
After enjoying a cheese fondue and salad, Sherlock chose a Seafood Trio of shrimp, scallops and a fresh fish fillet. His friend chose the Vegetarian, an array of fresh seasonal vegetables, tofu, artichoke hearts, portobello mushrooms and (oops) spinach and gorgonzola ravioli. The ravioli, of course, stayed in the kitchen.
The final course caused a bit of a dilemma for our Zoners – chocolate fondues, including Amaretto Meltdown, Cookies ‘n Cream, Marshmallow Dream, Flaming Turtle, Bailey’s Irish Cream Dream, Yin and Yang and Special Event. What’s a Zoner to do? For one thing, they can take Dr. Sears’ advice and have this chocolate fantasyland serve as the one sinful meal a month to take them out of the Zone, which they will regret the next morning. Or they can do like Sherlock and his friend did.
First, they decided they wanted chocolate more than they wanted wine. Sparking water was their “cocktail” of the evening. Then they limited their dippers to strawberries, definitely in the Zone. (By the way, other dippers include bananas, cheesecake, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies. Just say no.) Then they limited themselves to a moderate amount of dipping. Because the rest of their dinner was squarely in the Zone, they woke up feeling great the next morning.