The Swiss are good for many things: cocoa, watches, army knives... but perhaps the most useful innovation to come from the land of hole-y cheese is fondue. With post-nor'easter Boston closely resembling the Swiss Alps, it's high time you dug into the melty cheese-and-chocolate tradition at these seven spots.
Anthem’s rustic American menu affers a four-cheese fondue (because three cheeses would be uncouth). Dunk some toasted ciabatta in the secret blend and taste the cheesy rainbow. For optimal decadence, spring for the buttery lobster.
Fondue Sundays are back at Beacon Hill Bistro, and their tiny forks await your arrival. Available during dinner (5:30-10pm) with reservations recommended, BHB’s French-style fondue mixes Bergkäse Alpenblumen, Emmantaler, and Gruyère Vieux cheeses with Domaine Giachino Abymes wine for maximum authenticity. It’s served with the traditional accoutrement of bread, small boiled potatoes, and cornichons.
Since wine and cheese are BFFs, it’s no wonder that this vino venue has top-notch fondue. Belly’s cheese selections (curated by sister store Central Bottle) form the base of Fondue for 2, a veritable sea of liquid gold. Go all Jacques Cousteau and submerge apples, Brussels, cauliflower, and Iggy’s Francese while sipping your favorite adult grape juice.
For a limited time only, Chef Joshua Lewin stirs up a mighty fondue during Bread & Salt’s culinary “incubation” at Wink & Nod. Gruyère and Comté unite with garlic, shallots, white wine, and herbes de Provence to create this classic belly-warmer. The cornucopia of dippers includes house-baked sourdough, pickled cauliflower, blanched broccoli, and fried Brussels sprouts. Bonus: pair this up with some daily charcuterie for an extra $8.
The Bald Man knows chocolate and the molten offerings at his Back Bay outpost are outstanding. Chocolate Fondue Towers, with flavors like Crystal Churros and Urban S’Mores, will dominate your table’s skyline amid fields of fruits, marshmallows, and Tutti Frutti Waffles. You'll want to get your hands on The Fantastic I-Scream Bar Fondue, a DIY toolkit for building your own choco-coated ice cream treats. It’s like Candy Land, but for reals.
So. Much. Fondue. From apps to dessert, The Melting Pot’s bottomless bacchanal includes just about everything. Start off with a Wisconsin cheese trio, and then choose three proteins (e.g., filet) for a unique dinner dubbed “Fondue By You.” Finish things off with the Flaming Turtle, a rich crowd-pleaser with milk chocolate, caramel, and candied pecans.
Temple Bar has two fondues and both are must-get masterpieces of melted glory. In the appetizers department, the earthy apple cider and cheddar fondue will make you dream of Wisconsin. And for dessert, seasonal fruits, pound cake, and marshmallows go swimming in a little copper kettle of silky chocolate fondue."
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1. Anthem Kitchen + Bar101 South Market St, Boston
2. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro25 Charles St, Boston
3. Belly Wine BarOne Kendall Square, Cambridge
4. Wink & Nod3 Appleton St, Boston
5. Max Brenner745 Boylston, Boston
6. The Melting Pot76 Arlington St, Boston
7. Temple Bar1688 Mass Ave, Cambridge
From the restaurant group behind City Table, Gather, and Ned Devine's, Anthem is a tried and true Boston favorite inside Faneuil Hall. The menu has a classic American lineup featuring veggie-laden wood-fired flatbreads, lobster mac & cheese, and a couple of artisan-style burgers. Aside from à la carte comfort food, Anthem serves prix-fixe menus with impressive seafood courses, and the interior features elegant dining rooms equipped with dark leather booths and stone walls.
Charles St is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.
Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.
Boston Nightlife Ventures' new speakeasy has made a home for the pop-up Whisk, so you can enjoy your cocktails made with Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch alongside bites like squid ink tagliatelle pasta with baby octopus.
Because brunch only happens on the weekdays during Sex and the City reruns, the evil genius behind Newbury's only chocolate-slinging restaurant's unveiled a menu that diabolically combines breakfast and lunch in the form of "savory" waffle sandwiches.
So. Much. Fondue. From apps to dessert, The Melting Pot’s bottomless bacchanal includes just about everything. Start off with a Wisconsin cheese trio, and then choose three proteins (e.g. filet) for a unique dinner dubbed “Fondue By You.” Finish things off with the Flaming Turtle, a rich crowd-pleaser with milk chocolate, caramel, and candied pecans.
Temple Bar has two fondues and both are must-get masterpieces of melted glory. In the appetizers department, the earthy apple cider and cheddar fondue will make you dream of Wisconsin. And for dessert, seasonal fruits, pound cake, and marshmallows go swimming in a little copper kettle of silky chocolate fondue.