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Win 4 Dip Certificates for The Melting Pot in Darien, Westwood, or White Plains

18 May

Update:  Wow…22 people entered!  Using Random.org, we picked John, Steve, Tracy, and David.  Thanks so much for entering.  We’ll contact the winners soon.  We hope to have more contests on the way soon.  Thanks!  

Did you just read about our recent dip into The Melting Pot in Darien?  We dipped the heck out of almost everything in existence.  Veggies, fruits, dumplings, steak, lobster, bananas, Oreo crusted marhsmallows.  Well, that wasn’t all with the cheese.  There was a rich Coq au Vin broth and a decadently devourworthy Chocolate Wildberry Crunch fondue.

Ready to go back for more or want to try The Melting Pot out for your first fondue experience?  We’ve got 4 $20 Dip Certificates to give away that can be redeemed at either Darien (CT), Westwood (NJ), or White Plains (NY).

So, here’s the deal…we’ll pick 4 winners who tell us their favorite dipping combos.  The contest will end on 5/26/12 at 4 pm.  Just leave a comment here answering one of the following questions:

1) What’s the best thing to dip into cheese?

2)  What’s the best thing to dip into chocolate?

Good luck! :)

A Cheeseaphobe Dips into The Melting Pot – Darien, CT

18 May

So, don’t hate…I have an aversion to most cheeses and because of that never tried fondue.  So you could understand my apprehension, then, when we were invited to try out the seasonal menu called Big Night Out America at The Melting Pot.  Melted cheese…in a pot…dipping stuff in it.  I didn’t know how I’d deal, but part of being half of OmNomCT means pushing the boundaries of comfort and the usual.  So, I went into the meal, brave, head held high, and ready to conquer the meal.  Kristien tried to convince me that fondue wasn’t just about cheese, so imagine my relief when I found out she was actually telling the truth and wasn’t just trying to trick me so she could have all the cheese to herself.

We were seated in a nice and cozy booth with a hot plate mechanized robot thing installed right in the table. Our sever Josh told us all about the menu and how the meal works.  As we waited, James Layfield, co-owner with his parents Will and Carol, came by and greeted us.  We had seen James briefly at the Rodizio pre-opening (co-owner there also). It seemed that the second he left, we saw our server come by with dishes of cheese and mix-ins.

First Course:  Cheese Fondue ala Boston

The first part of the tasting menu was fun, but obviously scared me.  Although we could have gone with any cheese combination on their menu, we decided to stick with the Sam Adams Boston Lager cheddar cheese, emmenthaler cheese, and onions.  It was a nice and mild fondue with the beer flavor really showing through.  The dijon and bacon didn’t come through at first, but when you stirred things up the flavor rose up.  We tossed in lots of Tabasco sauce to kick things up, too.  That being said, I enjoyed it, actually.  Kristien, though, thought it was okay…going back she’d go with some stronger cheese combos and decided she doesn’t like beer in her cheese.  We dipped nearly anything that you could imagine:  carrots, cauliflower, brocolli, apples, and bread.  We liked most of the dip-ins, but the bread was a bit disappointing because it was dry.  So, look, I survived and actually enjoyed the dipping.  Chalk one up to me.  Mommy, are you proud of your Danny?

Second Course:  Salads

We have to say that we were really happy with the salads that came out for us.  Kristien had a fresh salad that came with lots of pears, gorgonzola, and pecans.  The dressing was light, not too sweet, and had just the right amount of raspberry taste to set off the ingredients.  I had the Spinach Mushroom Salad with fresh spinach, wonderfully smoky and chunky bacon, nicely chopped tomatoes, and a dressing that you get to pour on yourself.  That Burgundy Shallot Vinaigrette dressing  is killer.  It was a nice palate cleanser, getting you ready for the next portion of the meal.

Third Course:  Coq au Vin and Meats

We were able to pick what variety of meat and accoutrements we wanted and what we wanted our meats cooked in–either Coq au Vin (wine), Court Bouillon (broth), Bourguignonne (canola oil), or Mojo (Carribbean bouillon).   We decided to go with the Coq au Vin because it seemed like a heartier option.  For the meats we went with the lobster, buffalo chicken, steak, pork, dumplings, and veggies package.  We were told that you can’t really overcook the food in the broth, but we love our steak mediumish, so we took those out a bit earlier than the others.  When you’ve cooked your meat, you then need to pick which incredibly flavorful and tasty sauces to dip them in!  Here are some suggestions from us to you:

Green Goddess, sour cream and chives:  buffalo chicken and potato

Gorgonzola and cream sauce:  steak

Melted butter:  lobster, mushroom, potato

Curry sauce:  pork

Sweet and sour:  dumpling

Plum sauce: steak

Cocktail sauce:  shrimp


This course, too, was interactive because you’re able to pick your favorite kind of chocolate to dip a helluva lot of stuff in such as your choice of chocolate, Bananas Foster, Flaming Turtle, or Chocolate S’mores.  We went with the Big Night Out special (Chocolate Wildberry Crunch Fondue) and began to salivate, thinking of what awaited us.  Our arsenal for the final course?  Oreo coated marshmallows, graham cracker coated marshmallows, bananas, strawberries, brownies, poundcake, cheesecake, and Rice Krispie treats.  Staring off, we both loved the chocolate because it had such complex flavors.  You first got the hit of smooth chocolate, then a tart berry burst, then finally the creamy, nutty peanut butter started to peak through.  Some of our faves:

Banana:  it was like a banana split in one dip!

Graham cracker marshmallow:  s’mores on steroids.

Oreo marshmallow:  great.  Let it sit for about a minute in the chocolate, turning it.  It’ll turn gooey and will invite you in.

Cheesecake:  so creamy, so awesome, love it.

Beer/Wine Pairings

You can order beer or wine here at pretty affordable prices or you can do the pairing.  When in doubt, always do the pairing.  Someone thought long and hard about what beer and wine goes best with each course, so go with their advice.   We were glad that we got the pairings because they did match up quite well and ended up bringing the flavors out from the cheese, the salad, and the Coq au Vin.  James also told us later that they have had Magic Hat dinners in the past and will be having more.  He also tries to add more beer variety to the menu pretty often, so you can always find some new choices when you return.

Overall Verdict

The Melting Pot in Darien is a great place to take a date, friends, have a party, and just chill out.  You’ll have lots of fun with the interactive elements.  Prices are similar to eating out at a semi-expensive restaurant, but you’ll get good food and you’ll know exactly how the meal is cooked.  No surprises here, you do it yourself.  Service here is also excellent.  Josh was very knowledgeable and made the night fun.  You can also see James Layfield, circulating table to table, asking how things are, and even helping deliver food.  He’s one of the most hands-on owners (that’s a good thing) that we’ve seen at a restaurant.  Another great thing to know is they are gluten-free friendly and are also sensitive about other food allergies.  Just let them know when you sit down.  So, food, price, selection, drinks, and service taken into account, we will definitely return to The Melting Pot.

The Melting Pot

Noms: 3.5

Cost: $$$

Address:  14 Grove Street
Darien, CT 06820
Phone:  (203) 656-4774 
Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Friday:  5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday:  4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday:  4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TheMeltingPotDarien

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/MPMetroNYWWD

Site:  http://www.meltingpot.com/darien/welcome

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Omnomivore’s Paradise in Darien: Winter Restaurant Week 2012!

25 Jan

Try the brand spankin' new Darien Social!

Whatcha doing Monday, 2/6, thru Friday, 2/10?  Well, now you know.  You’re going to be heading out to Darien Restaurant Week.  Darien is proving to be quite the contender in the restaurant scene lately, especially with the soon to be open Darien Social.  Each restaurant will have at least three courses for you with a prix fixe meal at either $10.12 or $20.12 for lunch or $15.12 or $30.12 for dinner.  Details aren’t live yet, but we’ll update this post when we get them.  Check out the restaurants along with comments:


Café D’Azur:  Great Mediterranean food and also French dishes.  Review to come.

Cesco’s Trattoria:  We’ve heard great things about Cesco’s, with some people swearing that it’s amazing Italian.

Chuck’s Steakhouse:  This is a landmark in Darien, yet we’ve never been.  Good time to try…

Coromandel:  Great Indian food, up there in the ranks with Thali.

Darien Social:  The new boy in town, promising to be hot stuff.  Read our post and try it opening week.

The Goose American Bar & Bistro:  We’re also have heard great things here, but have yet to try.

The Melting Pot:  Dip stuff in cheese and chocolate?  Hell yes.

Phil’s Grill:  We’ve heard the beer selection here is great and so’s the food.

Robeks Juice:  We’re interested in seeing what the options will be.  We LOVE us some Robeks!

Rory’s Restaurant:  Same owners as Blue Lemon in Westport.  Excited to try the classy, wicked pub food.

Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant:  Seriously awesome Italian.  It’s a must try restaurant.


Details and participating restaurant updates: www.darienchamberonline.com or (203) 655-3600.

Also, keep an eye out for some special events and restaurant weeks all going down in Stamford.  We’ll post the info up for those in about two weeks.  They’re up on our Nomworthy Events calendar already, though.  ;)  We love ya, that’s why.

After the leftovers expire, check out Darien Restaurant Week

16 Nov

So, you’ll spend next Thursday prepping the turkey, mashing the potatoes, and serving your family…you’ll be exhausted.  And somehow you’ll manage to brave the crowds at the stores on Black Friday.  You’ll deserve a break and some enjoyment.  Well, why not head to one of the many restaurants that are taking part in the 2nd Annual Darien Restaurant Week?  The post-holiday yumminess takes place from November 28th to December 3rd.  Depending on the restaurant that you check out below, you’re looking at $10.10 for lunch/$15.10 for dinner or $20.10 for lunch/$30.10 for dinner.  Small potatoes when you’d normally pay two to three times more.

This is a very good experience to try new restaurants and maybe branch out and be a bit more adventurous.  Kristien and I have been to many Stamford Restaurant Weeks and we still dream of the squid ink pasta from Columbus Park Trattoria.  Darien Restaurant Week is really such an amazing deal, you’d be insane to miss out.  I’m sure we’re going to hit a few, so stay tune for the reviews. Plus, we’re giving you a valid and economical reason to eat out and to have fun.  Don’t you deserve that during the holidays?

Prix Fixe Menus

Backstreet Restaurant (Lunch $10.10/Dinner $20.10)

Bertucci’s (Dinner $20.10, Including a Glass of Wine)

The Goose American Bistro & Bar (Lunch $15.10/Dinner $30.10)

Chuck’s Steakhouse (Dinner $20.10)

Coromandel (Lunch $10.10-15.10/Dinner $20.10)

Fuji of Japan (Lunch $10.10/Dinner $30.10.  Prix Fixe Menu on Sunday or Monday.  Lunch comes with sushi/sashimi, salad, and entree.  Also, choice of chicken teriyaki or meal from the hibachi.  Comes with soup and salad, fried rice or noodles.  Dinner has more choices of meals to be prepared on the hibachi.  Also, comes with a glass of wine and dessert!  Hostess was quite nice and inviting.  Not sure if sake bombs are extra ;)  )

Harpers (Information Available After Monday)

Little Thai Kitchen (Hostess Was Not Sure of Prices)

Matsuri (Lunch $15.10/Dinner $30.10)

The Melting Pot (Dinner $30.10)

Olé Molé (Lunch $10.10 or $15.10/Dinner $20.10 or $30.10)

Rory’s Restaurant (Lunch $10.10/Dinner $20.10)

Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant (Called, Not Available Yet)

Tengda Asian Bistro (Lunch $10.10 or $15.10/Dinner $20.10 or $30.10)

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s (Dinner $30.10 or 25% off Wine List)

Other Darien Restaurant Specials

Darien Doughnut, espresso NEAT, Heights Pizza, Robeks Juice, Upper Crust Bagel Co. Bakery & Café

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