Last night, my friend and I did a second round of Restaurant Week at the Melting Pot. It was a wonderful evening full of gooey deliciousness. This is the only picture I got since it was kind of a date, but I can write my thoughts, right?

Appetizer: Cheese Fondue. We decided to go for a basic cheddar. Our waiter brought out all the ingredients and mixed it up in the cooker right before our very eyes. To dip, there were vegetables, apples and grapes, and pieces of bread. It was gooey and wonderful, and the lager flavor really came through.

Salad: I ordered a House Salad with Peppercorn Ranch. The ranch was good and tangy, and the lettuce was nice and crisp. Nice light break from all the heavy food to follow.

Entree: I ordered the Center City-Teriyaki Chicken, Honey Dijon Chicken, White Shrimp, Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli, and Asparagus. My date suggested getting the court bouillon Coq au Vin-style, with red wine. It was a valid suggestion, although I didn’t taste the red wine. I thought the way it was served was a bit unusual..everything was raw and you let it sit in the bouillon to cook. It was all good though, I especially liked the shrimp in the Gorgonzola sauce and the Green Goddess sauce on the veggies.

Dessert: Chocolate Fondue. We went with pure dark chocolate, and it was presented with several dippers-blondies, brownies, Rice Krispie Treats, marshmallows (my date had a marshmallow encrusted with chocolate in the picture), pound cake, pineapple, strawberries and bananas. It was so good, we ordered extra dippers!! I so did not want it to end, but sadly it did, just like all good things.

I am now a firm believer in the Melting Pot, and we have to go back!!

Last night, my friend and I did a second round of Restaurant Week at the Melting Pot. It was a wonderful evening full of gooey deliciousness. This is the only picture I got since it was kind of a date, but I can write my thoughts, right?

Appetizer: Cheese Fondue. We decided to go for a basic cheddar. Our waiter brought out all the ingredients and mixed it up in the cooker right before our very eyes. To dip, there were vegetables, apples and grapes, and pieces of bread. It was gooey and wonderful, and the lager flavor really came through.

Salad: I ordered a House Salad with Peppercorn Ranch. The ranch was good and tangy, and the lettuce was nice and crisp. Nice light break from all the heavy food to follow.

Entree: I ordered the Center City-Teriyaki Chicken, Honey Dijon Chicken, White Shrimp, Spinach & Artichoke Ravioli, and Asparagus. My date suggested getting the court bouillon Coq au Vin-style, with red wine. It was a valid suggestion, although I didn’t taste the red wine. I thought the way it was served was a bit unusual..everything was raw and you let it sit in the bouillon to cook. It was all good though, I especially liked the shrimp in the Gorgonzola sauce and the Green Goddess sauce on the veggies.

Dessert: Chocolate Fondue. We went with pure dark chocolate, and it was presented with several dippers-blondies, brownies, Rice Krispie Treats, marshmallows (my date had a marshmallow encrusted with chocolate in the picture), pound cake, pineapple, strawberries and bananas. It was so good, we ordered extra dippers!! I so did not want it to end, but sadly it did, just like all good things.

I am now a firm believer in the Melting Pot, and we have to go back!!

Tonight, I went to Garces Trading Company in Philadelphia for Restaurant Week. As the name suggests, the place is owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces, who is actually Philly based. This is one of 8 restaurants (plus a food truck) he owns in Philadelphia, including his flagship restaurant, Amada. This restaurant highlights western European cuisine, focusing on Italy, Spain and France.

Each picture is one of the four courses I ordered as part of my meal. Everything was fantastic-the mozzarella had a nice stretch, the cake was nice and fudgy and the ice cream wasn’t overly strong, and my main course was the BEST seafood pasta I have ever had!! I would go back anytime (provided you lent me some extra money) and I would recommend it to anyone!

Click the pictures for a more detailed description of my meal.