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Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: The Melting Pot

Sometimes the typical is just no fun, and needs a bit of an upset. That’s just what The Melting Pot offers to its guests – an enjoyable experience with dining! Meals at The Melting Pot’s Queen Anne restaurant are an equation for conversation and fun as you dip and dine with family, friends, and new acquaintances.

The Queen Anne location is not the only Melting Pot in existence (in fact, there are about 150 restaurants worldwide, including one in Saudi Arabia), but it was one of the first. Our neighborhood location opened its doors about 12 or 13 years ago in the spot next to where Easy Street Records used to be in Lower Queen Anne.

“It’s private and romantic,” says general manager Charles Montgomery. “It’s not the fishbowl experience you get in lots of other restaurants.” He’s spot on – with high-backed booths and intimate sections, the massive Queen Anne restaurant feels anything but big.

And the romantic, personalized atmosphere continues in the dining experience. Guests can enjoy as many as four courses in The Melting Pot’s signature offering, or they can put together their own fondue courses. The new version of customer-selected course combinations was introduced only a year ago – called ‘Fondue by You’. It offers less expensive alternatives in mixing and matching as compared with the full four-course classic menu.

“With fondue here at The Melting Pot, the romance is there whether you’re eating with your date, your family, or even your co-workers,” says Karen Lawler, the director of marketing on behalf of the restaurant. “It’s a really unique dining experience. People don’t remember how much fun fondue is – here, it’s just as much about the experience as it is about the food … There’s no place like it in the world.”

If you’re doing a full meal at The Melting Pot, you’ll probably start with the cheese course. The cheddar option – made with aged medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, garlic and seasonings – has been a longtime favorite. That signature option is closely followed by the restaurant’s Spinach Artichoke and Fiesta cheese fondues. The bread for dipping in the cheese fondue is baked in-house daily.

After the salad course (where each is dressed with one of The Melting Pot’s signature dressings, of course), it’s time for the entrée. Guests love The Classic: seasoned Angus beef sirloin, BBQ pork, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast, and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. Another favorite is the Land and Sea combination, with filet mignon, herb-crusted chicken, and Pacific white shrimp.

Gluten free and vegetarian options are readily available on the menu. “We’re trying to accommodate as many people as possible,” Lawler said.

Finally, guests can choose from eight different chocolate fondues for dessert. To compliment the experiential dining, the restaurant offers 17 specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers, and an extensive wine list in addition to the full bar. Guests can also enjoy a four course wine flight (4 ounces per pour) to enjoy alongside their meal. And in the bar, it’s half-off your second shot for cocktails, so you can make it a double for less!

If you’re dining at The Melting Pot for a special occasion, like so many do, you will want to call ahead to have their team set up a very special table. They have bouquets, balloon bouquets, flower petals and more to dress up your table for a surprise – from graduation celebrations to proposals! “It’s part of what we do – everything we can to make the guests’ experience more pleasurable,” Lawler said. “All of the pieces are supposed to come together to make it the perfect night out.”

The Melting Pot offers dinner only, seven days per week. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area, and late night happy hour is daily from 9 p.m. until close. The Happy Hour menu features select wines by the glass for $7, $5 well drinks, and $1 off draft beers as well as $2 off salads, $3 off Brie plates, and $4 off a cheese and chocolate fondue for two.

Girls’ Night Out is weekly on Thursday nights, with happy hour drink prices for the ladies all night. Additionally, the gals can get cheese fondue, a salad, and chocolate fondue in the bar all evening for just $20.

The restaurant offers some amazing salad dressings, seasonings, and even chocolate-covered strawberries so that you can take home or give the gift of The Melting Pot! “Our garlic and wine seasoning should be in every pantry,” Lawler noted.

The Queen Anne restaurant’s Valentine’s Day celebrations will begin on February 12th, with a special Valentine’s menu available until February 16th. The specialty menu will be the exclusive offering between Valentine’s Day and Sunday, February 16th. Call 206-378-1208 to make your reservations!

Queen Anne Restaurants Participate in the Fall Seattle Restaurant Week

It’s time for Restaurant Week again! Per usual and to our delight, several Queen Anne restaurants are participating in the fall Restaurant Week. Dinners are three courses for $28, and lunches (if offered) are three courses for $15. The restaurant ‘week’ is Sunday through Thursday both this week and next. Here are the Queen Anne restaurants participating this season, with their menus (if they have publicized them):

betty_logo_blue-1Betty Restaurant & Bar: Betty will have a prix-fixe dinner menu only for the Fall Restaurant Week. On the appetizer menu, choose from the soup du jour; Warm Red Cabbage Salad with apples, pancetta, and toasted hazelnuts; Potato & Cheese Croquettes with petite arugula salad; or Organic Mixed Greens with herbal vinaigrette and Parmesan. Entrée selections include Oven-Roasted Chicken with seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic; Wild Boar Ragout with spaghetti and pecorino cheese; Grilled Moroccan Lamb Skewers with herbed couscous and cucumber Raita; or Creamy Risotto with mixed mushrooms and a hint of truffle oil. Finish it off with your choice from all of Betty’s desserts.

Chinoise_Logo_OrangeChinoise Café: Enjoy Agedashi tofu, two Maguro or salmon nigiri pieces, six-piece Chicken Gyoza, or a five-piece tempura platter for your appetizer selection. Dinner items include Honey Walnut Prawns, Mongolian Beef, Lemongrass Shrimp Stir Fry, a Sushi Combo (four nigiri, three sashimi, and tekka maki), or Sichuan Tofu. For dessert, you can have your choice of Fried Banana with Ice Cream, Coconut Sticky Rice and Mango, Coconut or Green Tea Ice Cream, a glass of house red or white wine, or a bottle of beer.

collections-cafeCollections Café: The Collections Café is offering both lunch and dinner for Restaurant Week, with a vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free option! Their prix-fixe dinner menu has the following appetizer options to start: Gambas (seared prawns, smoked paprika, garlic, chili flakes, sherry, and grilled sourdough), Gnocchi (with smoked pork shank and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese), or Fried Oysters (with a frisee salad, pickled onions, and toasted fennel aioli). For the entrée menu, choose from Porchetta (a hearty fall stew with egg dumplings), Rigatoni (Chanterelle mushrooms, Mascarpone, mission figs, and Pecorino Romano cheese), or Grilled Hanger Steak ( with collard greens and vanilla butter-braised fingerling potatoes). Wrap up your third and final course with dessert: a Brownie (Snicker Brittle, Salted Caramel, or Banana brownie flavors served with vanilla ice cream), “Almond Joy” Coconut Panna Cotta (coco-almond powder with a vanilla garnish), or a Cookie (House made warm, served with Kentucky Bourbon ice cream, and drizzled in salted caramel).

Wolf_LogoHow to Cook a Wolf: This Ethan Stowell eatery has been a neighborhood destination for quite some time. For restaurant week, there is a delicious lineup of menu options. In starters, choose from Escarole salad with preserved lemon, white anchovy vinaigrette, and grana padano; Roasted Beets with smoked ricotta, fennel, almond, and a Sherry vinaigrette; Escolar Crudo with an avocado puree, orange, coriander, and radish; or Bruschetta with smoked mackerel, capers, and 6-year aged balsamic. Entrée options are Scott’s Classic Meatloaf; Bucatini Black Pepper with butter and Pecorino Romano; Pork Chop Cameo with apple butter and an arugula-red onion salad; or Scallop Controne with bean, fennel, and a Calabrian olive tapenade. Desserts include Chocolate rose geranium Panna Cotta with a blackberry compote; Upside-down Plum Cake with coconut rum gelato; or a Seasonal Fruit Sorbetto with lavender shortbread.

twitter-profile-picPeso’s Kitchen & Lounge: Peso’s is offering both lunch and dinner options for Restaurant week:

  • Lunch (3 courses for $15): For appetizers, choose from Chiogga Beets and Asparagus Spears with arugula and Oregon bleu cheese; Peso’s Chop Chop Salad; Mexico City Posole; Chicken and Lime Soup with avocado; or Chicken Tinga Tostada. Entrées include Red Chile Enchiladas with steak or chicken; Peso’s Almost Tradicional Torta; or a Ranchera Burrito with steak or chicken. Enjoy a Classic Créme Caramel Flan, an Ice Cream Sundae, or Chocolate Sundae for dessert!
  • Dinner (3 courses for $28): On the appetizer menu, choose from Chiogga Beets and Asparagus Spears with arugula and Oregon bleu cheese; Peso’s Chop Chop Salad; Gulf Shrimp with poblano and corn chowder; Portobello ‘Rojas’ Chile Relleno; or Crispy Beef Picadillo Taquitos Dorados. The selection of entrées is Peso’s Signature Tradicional Carne Asada; Mexico City Rib Eye Steak Frites with a negra-modelo chile pan sauce; Dungeness Crab and Rock Shrimp Enchiladas with tomatillo-mascarpone cream; or Pan Seared Sea Scallops with pasilla chiles and black pepper over creamed corn and basil ‘humita. A Warm Brownie Sundae, Fried Banana-Chocolate Chimichangas, Fresh Apple Caramel Crisp, and Peso’s Classic Créme Caramel Flan are options for dessert.

Ponti-Seafood-Grill-LogoPonti Seafood Grill: Ponti is making Seattle Restaurant Week easy, where you can choose from any appetizer or salad, then any entrée, and any dessert on the menu for your fare. Some items will have a $10-15 upcharge, so beware of that, but otherwise, enjoy!

portagePortage: For Restaurant Week appetizers, you can enjoy Portage’s Delicata Squash Salad, Roasted Beets with Danish bleu cheese and hazelnuts, or Smoked Trout Tartine. Chicken with Vichy carrots, lardons, golden raisins, and sherry; Farro with escarole, roasted turnips and fennel; Braised Pork Cheeks with a parsnip pommes puree and pan sauce; or Seared Salmon with cauliflower, squash, pumpkin seeds, and brown butter are options for entrées. Finally, dessert selections include Chocolate Terrine, an Apple Almond Tart, Ice Cream or Sorbet.

ten mercerTen Mercer: At Ten Mercer, you can enjoy these appetizers for the week: Potato Leek Soup, the Ten Mercer House Salad or Wild Green Salad. The Restaurant Week entrées are Grilled Sturgeon, Parmesan Crusted Petrale Sole, Fresh Steelhead Trout, Garlic Crusted Pan-Roasted Washington Chicken, Seared Petite Tenderloin Medallions, Wild Boar and Venison Sugo, Eggplant Rollotini Linguine, or Wild Mushroom Risotto. For dessert, choose from Vanilla Bean Custard, Profiteroles, and a Chocolate Torten.

The Melting PotThe Melting Pot: Enjoy some dipping at the Queen Anne location of The Melting Pot! Caesar Salad, the Melting Pot House Salad, or California Salad are options for appetizers. Entrée selections include the Melting Pot’s Triple Dip (Teriyaki marinated sirloin, all natural breast of chicken and tender white shrimp), their Signature Selection (All natural breast of chicken, citrus infused pork tenderloin, Atlantic salmon, chicken pot stickers), and a Vegetarian dipping option (Edamame or onion rings, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushrooms, thai peanut marinated tofu, asparagus, and ravioli). For dessert, choose from one of their chocolate fondues, with dark, milk, and white chocolate selections!

toulouse-petitToulouse Petit: Peso’s sister restaurant also has both lunch and dinner options for Restaurant Week…

  • Lunch (3 courses for $15): Appetizer selections are Yellow Beets and Haricots Verts with toasted walnuts and stilton bleu cheese; a Bibb Lettuce and Wild Arugula Salad; French Onion Soup Lyonnaise; or Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab. Lunch entrées are Creole Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya; Wild Boar Bolognese; Fennel Braised Pork Shoulder Sugo with house-made ricotta gnocchi and sage; Prosciutto and Hot Coppa with house-made mozzarella, arugula and basil sandwich; The Toulouse Lamb Burger; or a Grilled Chicken Club with bacon and avocado. Indulge for dessert with a Valhrona Flourless Chocolate Torte, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, or Beignets with Chicory Anglaise.
  • Dinner (3 courses for $28): Enjoy some of the same lunch appetizers for dinner, as well as some additions: Yellow Beets and Haricots Verts with toasted walnuts and stilton bleu cheese; Hearts of Romaine Salad with crispy hot coppa and shaved Grana Padano; Rustic Duck and Pistachio Terrine; Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab; or House-made Wild Boar Boudin Blanc with a hot pepper ‘chow chow’ jelly. Entrée selections include Wild Boar Bolognese sage, thyme, pappardelle, grana padano; Blackened Pacific Yellow Eye Snapper with a Creole crawfish-tasso sauce; Fennel Braised Pork Shoulder Sugo with house-made ricotta gnocchi and sage; Oven Roasted Duck Confit with brussels sprouts and house-made tasso; Grilled Half Chicken in a Tuscan marinade with a grilled sweet onion ‘caponata’ and salsa verde; or Gulf Shrimp, Crawfish and house-made andouille over creamy corn grits. The same dessert options that were available for lunch will be on the dinner menu.

triumph_logo_opti 2Triumph Bar: Appetizer options at Triumph Bar are Three Oysters, the West Coast
Salumi of the Day, Three Cheeses of the Chef’s selection, a Baby Kale Caesar salad with smoked trout, or Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Dungeness crab, brown butter and sage. Choose from these entrées: Salmon Pastrami with fried pickles and a Dijon vinaigrette, Pork Belly Mac with truffle and chives, or a Short Rib with maple sweet potato puree and braised greens. Dessert options include Bread Pudding, Affogato, or Biscotti with Strawberry Jam.

Where are you headed for the fall round of Seattle Restaurant Week?

Featured photo from Thrillist.com.

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in August

Are you enjoying your summer? There are some fun Queen Anne events coming up in our neighborhood next month! Check them out:

  1. Wednesdays in August – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy dinner or a crostini plate with three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Wines by the glass are $2 off. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  2. Thursdays in August – Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Summer is in full swing, and that means the weekly Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is going on! Visit the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Crockett Street each Thursday from 3 – 7:30 p.m. Then, head to Twirl Café afterward for their after party event!
  3. Fridays in August – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.), and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  4. Saturdays in August – Family Spaghetti Dinner Social at Twirl Café: From 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays in July, Twirl Café is hosting a weekly rotating pasta dinner with beer, wine and espresso. Your pasta dinner and all you can eat salad and garlic bread for $9.95 per plate. Kids 2 and under eat free. The regular menu will also be available. There will be activities for kids ages 6 and under. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  5. Saturdays in August – Seattle Center Movies at The Mural: Enjoy free movies by moonlight in the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater every Saturday in August for Movies at the Mural. Hugo will be showing August 3rd, The Avengers on August 10th, The Help on August 17th and Les Miserables on August 24th. Bring your picnic snacks, or buy from the food carts and Seattle Center Armory nearby. Seating is first-come, first-served, so get here early to get a good spot! The shows start at about 9 p.m.
  6. August 6 – Night Out Against Crime: Seattle is celebrating its 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime on August 6th. Register with the city to have your block closed for the event, then place your event on the citywide map, and have your block party! If you’re not up for putting on a big event yourself, check out the citywide map of parties to find one to visit. There are already three events on Queen Anne, as of the date of this post!

  7. August 14 – Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Dinner at The Melting Pot: Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine pairings from Chateau Ste. Michelle winery on August 14th from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Melting Pot. The menu will feature cheese fondue, salad, an entrée and chocolate fondue with selected wines. Winemaker Wendy Stuckey from the winery will be at the event to share information and answer questions. The cost is $49 per person, and reservations are required. Call 206-378-1208.
  8. August 15 – Queen Anne Chamber August Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. on August 15th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

Featured photo from SeattleCenter.com.

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in April

We’re starting a new monthly tradition on the Queen Anne, Seattle blog! Near the end of each month, we’ll publish a list of events and activities to do in the following month. So, with no further ado, the following are the Queen Anne events taking place in April:

  1. April 7-11 & April 14-18 – Seattle Restaurant Week in Queen Anne: Restaurants all over Queen Anne are participating in this bi-annual event! Eat a three-course prix-fixe meal for $28 at several neighborhood restaurants including Betty Restaurant & Bar, Boat Street Café, Collections Café, How to Cook a Wolf, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ponti Seafood Grill, Portage, Ten Mercer, The Melting Pot Seattle, and Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge.
  2. April 9 – Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Gardening Kickoff Party: It’s the 25th season of Food Bank Gardening at the Interbay P-Patch! Come celebrate the beginning of the season with a kickoff gardening event on April 9th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Interbay P-Patch (2451 15th Ave. W.). Come armed with your garden tools, seeds, and plantings! The volunteer gardeners grow food to donate to local food banks during the year, and meet every Tuesday through the end of October from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Learn more on the P-Patch website.
  3. April 9 – Volunteer to Assess the Queen Anne Staircases: Sustainable Queen Anne is helping with the Queen Anne Greenway project by holding an evening assessment of the various Queen Anne staircases. This volunteer opportunity will take place on April 9th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the latest, and will be auditing the different Queen Anne stairs to check for adequate lighting and conditions of disrepair or overgrowth. Please RSVP (required) to Jody or Heather.
  4. April 14 – Eat. Run. Hope. (Presented by Ethan Stowell Restaurants): Support Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine on April 14th. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk at Seward Park, followed by a Chef’s Tent tasting, filled with samplings of food from Seattle’s best chefs (including How to Cook a Wolf’s Ethan Stowell). Wine pairings and microbrews will be available, and each registrant will receive a Mariner’s ticket. Click here for the schedule, more information, and ticket prices.
  5. GQACC LogoApril 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce April Luncheon: The QA Chamber holds their monthly luncheon this April 18th from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. This month, they’re holding a special “buy one, get one free” promotion: chamber members who bring a colleague or guest may enjoy the lunch at two for the price of one costs ($25 for two)! RSVP to contact@qachamber.org, or on their event listing. Lunch for non-members attending alone is $35.
  6. April 21 – Earth Day Tree Walk at the Seattle Center: Learn about Seattle’s urban forest by touring trees around the Space Needle. The event takes place on April 21st from 1-3 p.m., and attendees should meet outside the Fisher Pavilion. Visit seattle.gov/trees for more information.
  7. April 25 – Dining Out for Life in Queen Anne: Several Queen Anne restaurants will be participating in Dining Out for Life. It’s an annual event, where restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds (the following Queen Anne restaurants will be donating 30-50%) towards AIDS service organizations. On April 25th, Dine out for life at Lloyd Martin, McMenamins Queen Anne, or Ponti Seafood Grill.

Featured photo from the Seattle Restaurant Week website.