The Melting Pot

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Don't let the small street-level lobby fool you. There's 8,000 square feet of fondue nirvana downstairs. This sleek River North spot features a multi-level dining room with cozy nooks like the wine room and "Lovers' Lane." All tables are outfitted with a built-in tabletop range for the play-with-your-food dining experience. The cheese fondue is a great starter, with four cheese combos such as the "Cheddar," with cheddar and Emmental cheese, lager, garlic and seasonings. Entree choices include filet mignon, lobster tail and a seafood trio. For dessert, the chocolate fondue lets diners dip fruit, marshmallows, cake, and brownies into chocolate blends like the Flaming Turtle, with milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecans. Not hungry? The glass-enclosed lounge has high-topped chess, checker and backgammon tables, plus live music on the weekends.