Melting Pot with kids?

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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:46:22 AM
DH and I have been there once and like it. We are planning on going again on Sunday. Should we take the girls?

My DDs are 6 and 10. They can be picky eaters, but love all things cheese and all things chocolate.

Have you been with your kids? Do they have a "kids menu"?


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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:48:13 AM
I don't think they have a kid's menu, but they can always share. My kids (7 and 14) love the Melting Pot, they could go every day!


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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:49:50 AM
They don't have a kids least not here at our Melting Pot. I haven't taken my kids just because a 2-3 hr meal with them sounds like a nightmare and the cost would be pretty high to include them. If they were older like your kids, I think it would be fun!


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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:52:46 AM
If you go to their website and search for your local restaurant, you can view their menu. Mine doesn't appear to have any children's menu....


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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:53:38 AM
I've been with both older and younger kids and it's been fine. Dipping chunks of things into melted cheese or hot oil? Yeah.

With kids in tow, we usually get the fiesta fondue or the Wisconsin fondue, and the kids get the chicken or the beef. Since it's so simple, you don't really need a kids' menu - the regular menu is pretty kid-friendly if you order properly.

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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:55:34 AM
Melting Pot isn't really the type of restaurant to have a kids' menu. I personally wouldn't take children, it's just too nice, I wouldn't want to disturb the other diners, and I want to enjoy the adult atmosphere.

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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:55:54 AM
No childrens menu. My older two kiddos (6 & 12) LOVE the Melting Pot. They are pretty picky eaters, and they eat nearly EVERYTHING.

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Posted: 10/8/2008 11:57:36 AM
We've done fondue at home, so I'm okay with them dunking. I just don't want to have to pay the full on adult price for the two of them when they'd only maybe eat 1 adult meal between them...if that much.

The menu for our area doesn't list a kid's menu, but many times, they aren't listed on websites anyway.

I think we'll end up taking them, just wanted to know what to expect.


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Posted: 10/8/2008 12:16:23 PM
We took our kids once and they did a fabulous job. One is extremely picky so we let him have chicken to fondue and that worked well; he also had a salad. The other two are much better and they loved the meat and cheese, but especially the chocolate fondue It was very interesting to them and the 2 hours we were there flew by. They are older by the way; they were 9, 15 and 16 at the time. If they were much younger it might not have worked as well but then again it was all so new and interesting to them, so maybe it would have worked. We have cheese fondue at home so they were used to it somewhat.

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Posted: 10/8/2008 12:18:04 PM
My kids didn't like it when we went so we won't take them again for awhile. They got really antsy.


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Posted: 10/8/2008 12:19:41 PM
Melting Pot's too expensive to want to take kids to! But if your children are well-behaved, then I (as someone who doesn't have kids but does like the Melting Pot) would say you should go for it. However, keep in mind that it's sort of a "free-flowing" meal event. It takes a long time and it's easy to get rowdy. So if they're inclined toward being too excitable then this is probably not the place for them.

Plus a lot of people consider Melting Pot a romantic, night away type restaurant and rowdy kids would totally ruin the atmosphere.


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Posted: 10/8/2008 12:26:17 PM
This summer I took my mom and I and we ended up taking my two younger kids as well. The kids were 4 and 5 and did an incredible job! PERFECTLY behaved and everything.

We DID take them at lunch time so there wouldn't be as many people around.

Also, no kids menu- the waiter had said that the Ultimate meal (or whatever it's called- Big night out? I don't remember now!) would be enough to feed all four of us. It wasn't bad but I didn't leave completely full- so I would get an adult serving to feed the kids. (Mine can eat a TON and loved the whole meal)

Have fun though!


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