The Melting Pot
2001 S Rd #173, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (inside the Poughkeepsie Galleria)
I had the pleasure of dining in The Melting Pot for the first time last week. I’m thrilled to write a smashing review for them — truly the first place I’ve experienced outstanding service and proper treatment for food allergies in the Hudson Valley. Click the jump for the details on what made my experience so great.
I went here with my mom (thanks for the transportation, Mom!) and it turned out we came on Endless Fondue Night. We were both stuffed from eating a late lunch, so we decided to split the cheddar fondue (served with bread and veggies.)
The Melting Pot has a dedicated gluten free menu (I was delighted to see that it was leather-bound, not a pamphlet of stapled papers, as is common in many chain restaurants) with plenty of options. After explaining to our waitress (who was absolutely fantastic) about my wheat allergy, she was totally understanding and offered to prepare two separate pots (with the same amount as ordering one) of the fondue, gluten free style, for no extra charge. Additionally, I was able to have gluten free bread and my mom had the regular bread — so we were able to split the fondue equally until the end, when she used the bread and I stuck to my own pot. Total genius. Our waitress told me they do this all the time for people with food allergies.
The gluten free cheddar fondue is made using Redbridge beer from Anheuser-Busch (for ye gluten free beer lovers, this is the closest beer I’ve found that tastes like actual beer!) and served with gluten free bread and assorted veggies. The fondue is prepared in front of you (the Worcester added in the normal version is made with flour) with garlic and mustard powder. I loved the extra kick of the mustard powder — I’ll have to try it with my own fondue.
Here are the dipping materials for our fondue — FYI, the gluten free bread tastes a bit like rye bread. It was okay, and definitely not the worst gluten free bread I’ve ever had, but the standout favorite was actually the broccoli. The veggies were super fresh.
The Melting Pot interior was dark (kind of like a hip sushi restaurant?) and filled with lots of booth-style seating. The high backing around each booth made you feel like you were in your own private dining area, and captured the sound very well — even though it was crowded, conversation was easily heard. The burner in the center of the table takes up a lot of space, so you may feel oddly far from your dining companion, but the spacious marble finish gives you plenty of room to spread out your dipping goodies. I think this would be a perfect date spot or place for a special occasion. Or, if you’re me, a place to stuff your face in style.
I cannot say enough nice things about the experience and the staff of The Melting Pot. Drive, walk and run to this marvelous, allergy-friendly experience. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the accommodation, the food or the overall experience.