Food has always been known to bring people together. Melting Pot makes sure that you fully savor those moments of togetherness by offering food that’s fun, delicious, and enjoyed best when shared with others.
The restaurant offers a unique dining experience and unforgettable meals revolving around different types of fondue.
From the classic cheese and chocolate fondues to those for dipping sauces, Melting Pot has redefined the good ol’ fondue from being just an appetizer or quick dessert option to the main culinary attraction. Today, we’re going to find out if there’s a Melting Pot vegan menu. Let’s get started!
Does Melting Pot Have a Vegan Menu?
Surprisingly, it does!
The description of the kind of food Melting Pot offers doesn’t make you expect that there would be anything for vegans on the menu.
But, interestingly (and unexpectedly), Melting Pot has a whole vegan menu. It’s short but guarantees that you have a complete vegan meal at this fondue restaurant.
What are the Vegan Options at Melting Pot?
Melting Pot vegan options include:
- Vegan Cheese Fondue
- Vegan House Salad
- Vegan California Salad
- Vegan Garden Pot Fondue
- Vegan Chocolate Fondue
Melting Pot is best known for its extravagant four-course meal. The restaurant makes sure that everyone can have that fantastic dining experience regardless of their dietary commitments.
There may not be very many vegan options on the Melting Pot menu, but you can still have their four-course meal experience.
Not many places allow us vegans to enjoy complete meals, so make the most of this unique opportunity.
It’s important to note that while Melting Pot may be best known for its four-course meal, the restaurant also offers a la carte option. This means if you’re not in the mood for a multi-course meal, you can also order your choice of vegan food separately from the Melting Pot vegan menu.
Melting Pot Vegan Menu 2023 – A Detailed Breakdown
Now that we know our options for vegan food on the Melting Pot menu, let’s dig a little deeper into each and find out what they are comprised of.
Melting Pot Vegan Appetizers
There is only one vegan-friendly appetizer on the Melting Pot menu. But, trust me when I say this, you won’t wish for any other option once you try the one they offer.
The vegan appetizer available at Melting Pot is:
Vegan Cheese Fondue
Melting Pot has a vegan-friendly cheese fondue! Isn’t it amazing? Being a big cheese lover, I can go to the restaurant time and again just for this. What could be more comforting than having a big bowl of hot, melted cheese in front of you and knowing you can indulge in it because it’s vegan?
Melting Pot’s Vegan Cheese Fondue is made using cheddar-style shreds, gluten-free Redbridge beer, garlic, vegetable bouillon, and a bunch of spices to make it more flavorful. The fondue comes with a variety of dippers, including vegetables, apples, and vegan-friendly bread varieties.
As per the Melting Pot menu, you can also request gluten-free bread. The cheese fondue itself is gluten-free.
Don’t have a Melting Pot nearby? Make a similar vegan cheese fondue at home.
Check out the following video for the recipe. The video doesn’t give you a Melting Pot vegan cheese fondue recipe. But, it captures how they make classic cheese fondue at the restaurant. All you have to do to make it vegan is to use vegan cheese instead of the regular variety.
Melting Pot Vegan Salads
Feel guilty for devouring in the cheese fondue? Don’t because the second course of Melting Pot’s four-course vegan meal is a salad, a healthy option on the menu, perhaps, to make you feel a little better.
The restaurant offers two vegan-friendly salads. Get one of your choices to add some greens and healthy vegetable nutrients to your indulgent vegan meal.
Your options for the vegan salad at Melting Pot include:
Vegan House Salad
If you have ever ordered them, you will know that house salads aren’t an exciting option. It’s no different at Melting Pot. But, it certainly makes a healthier choice.
Featuring romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and scallions, this simple salad is also gluten-free and low-calorie, along with being vegan-friendly. One serving of Melting Pot’s Vegan House Salad has only 91 to 165 calories, depending on what dressing you choose to have it with.
The restaurant offers two vegan-friendly salad dressing options to choose from:
- The good ol’ classic Oil & Balsamic
- The tangy, nutty Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
Vegan California Salad
The second vegan (and dare I say boring) salad option on the Melting Pot menu is made with just two main ingredients – mixed greens and tomatoes.
Like the house salad, this one is also low-calorie and gluten-free and comes with your choice of dressing from Oil & Balsamic or Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.
Melting Pot Vegan Entrées
If you’re having the Melting Pot’s famous four-course meal, this will make the third course. While it’s a little disappointing to see that the restaurant doesn’t offer any choices for vegans in the entrée category (there is only one option), you can choose how it’s cooked. Interesting, isn’t it?
The only vegan entrée option at Melting Pot is:
Vegan Garden Pot Fondue
Rich, hearty, and comforting, this meatless entrée at Melting Pot is made with artichoke hearts, asparagus, mini sweet peppers, mushrooms, red onions, zucchini, veggie potstickers, and vegan polpettes (polpettes is Italian for meatball).
The ingredients combination may vary slightly across various Melting Pot locations.
If you’re gluten-intolerant or avoiding it for general health purposes, you can have this Vegan Garden Pot made gluten-free.
As per the restaurant’s menu, it would have gluten-free substitutes for polpettes and potstickers. What would those be? We don’t know.
As mentioned earlier, Melting Pot allows you to choose the cooking style or technique for your main meal. There are four options:
- Vegan Bourguinonne – Cooked in classic French beef stew style in red wine
- Mojo – Caribbean-inspired cooking that features all the ingredients in a clear broth prepared with garlic, cilantro, and a citrusy element (could be lemon or vinegar)
- Court Bouillon – Vegetables (and other ingredients) poached in a seasoned broth
- Cast Iron Grill – Tabletop grilling
Melting Pot Vegan Desserts
Just like the appetizer and entrée, there is only one vegan dessert option at Melting Pot. But, hey, you at least have one; many restaurants do not offer even that.
Moreover, the vegan dessert that Melting Pot offers is a whole spread on its own. It is the ever-popular chocolate fondue made vegan-friendly.
Vegan Chocolate Fondue
This rich, decadent dessert includes dark chocolate fondue with an assortment of sweet dippers. These include fresh bananas, strawberries, pineapples, and ‘Nana Pops (handcrafted vegan cake pops).
Melting Pot Vegan Beverages
The vegan menu given on Melting Pot’s website doesn’t include any drinks options. But, if you go through the restaurant’s extensive standard beverages menu (which primarily includes alcoholic drinks), you would see quite a few vegan-friendly options listed there.
I have tried my best to pick those out, so you know your drinks options when eating vegan at Melting Pot. However, I would recommend confirming their status with your server before ordering to avoid any chances of mistakes.
Your options for vegan drinks on the Melting Pot menu include (the exact options may vary a bit across different restaurant locations):
There are very limited alcohol-free drink options at Melting Pot. The ones suitable for vegans include the following:
- Blackberry Sage Lemonade – Standard lemonade with blackberries and sage.
- Peach berry Limeade – Contains Sprite, lime, peach, and raspberries.
- Flavored Lemonade – Available in a variety of flavors that may vary across various locations and seasons.
- Flavored Iced Tea – Available in a variety of flavors that may vary across various locations and seasons.
- Allagash, White
- Brooklyn, Lager
- Dogfish Head, 90 Minute, IPA
- Defiant, Muddy Creek, Amber Lager,
- Ommegang, Three Philosophers, Quadruple
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- Angry Orchard, Cider
- Blue Moon
- Bud, Light
- Guinness, Stout
- Founders, All Day, Session, IPA
- Miller Lite
- Sam Adams
- Sam Adams, Seasonal
- Redbridge, Sorghum, Lager
- Modelo, Especial
- Stella Artois
- St. Paul
- Warsteiner, Pilsener
- Authentic Mai Tai – Appleton Estate Reserve rum, Lime, Cointreau, and Orgeat Syrup.
- TMP’s G&T – Liber & Co Premium Tonic, The Botanist Gin, Club Soda, and Lime.
- Melting Pot Mule – Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, Absolut Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime, and Fresh Mint.
- Freshly-Picked Margarita – Solerno Blood Orange, Avion Silver Tequilla, Lemon juice, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Orange juice, and Agave nectar.
- Asian Pear Martini – St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, Absolut Pears vodka, Sparkling wine, and simple syrup.
- Black Cherry Cosmo – Cointreau Orange liqueur, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, White Cranberry juice, and Lemon juice.
- Dirty Deed Martini – Olive juice, Ketel One vodka, and gorgonzola-stuffed olives.
- Eiffel Tower – St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, Bombay Sapphire, Sparkling Wine, fresh lemon juice.
- French Martini – Chambord, Stoli Vanil vodka, and Pineapple juice.
- Ginger Lemon Drop – Triple Sec, Skyy Citrus vodka, Fever Tree ginger beer, Lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Hendrick’s Cucumber Martini – Hendrick’s gin, cucumber syrup, fresh lime, mint.
- Manhattan Blackout – Sweet Vermouth, Woodford Reserve, and Angostura Bitters.
Melting Pot Classics
- Love Martini – Peach Schnapps, Malibu rum, Cranberry juice, and fresh Strawberries.
- Lemon Berry Mojito – Bacardi Limon, Club Soda, Wildberry puree, lime, and mint.
- Whiskey Business – Jameson Irish whiskey, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Jim Beam bourbon, Lemonade, Coca-Cola, Filthy Black Cherry, Filthy Black Cherry Syrup, and Lemon wedge.
- TMP’s Grand Sangria – Skyy Blood Orange vodka, 14 Hands Cabernet, Cointreau, and fresh fruit juices.
- Sunshine Sangria – Chambord Raspberry liqueur, Malibu Coconut rum, Placido Moscato d’ Asti, Orange juice, Lemon juice, and muddled strawberries.
After Dinner Drinks
- Almond Mocha – Kahlua, Amaretto Disaronno, and coffee.
- Espresso Martini – Espresso, Stoli Vanil vodka, and Kahlua
In addition to these drinks, Melting Pot also offers a range of sparkling, red, and white wines. Check your local Melting Pot beverages menu to find out your exact options.
Melting Pot Vegan Menu FAQs
- What kind of vegan cheese does Melting Pot use?
Melting Pot uses vegan cheddar for its dairy-free cheese fondue.
The restaurant doesn’t specify what brand of vegan cheese it uses or what it is made of on the menu or website. But, according to PETA, the restaurant uses Daiya’s Cheddar Style Shreds to make vegan cheese fondue.
- What are vegan polpettes at Melting Pot?
For those who may not know, polpettes is Italian for meatballs. Melting Pot offers a meatless version of them for plant-eaters. But, the restaurant’s menu doesn’t highlight what they are made of (vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, or vegan meat?)
Conclusion – Is Melting Pot Vegan-Friendly?
Melting Pot may not be generally considered a highly vegan-friendly restaurant due to its significantly small vegan menu. But, I believe it’s a good place for vegan diners.
The restaurant may have limited choices, but it allows you to have a complete vegan meal experience, which, those who have been vegan for any length of time know, is a rare opportunity. Moreover, the fondues that Melting Pot offers do not typically come vegan. This alone is enough reason to dine there.
I would recommend every vegan to visit this restaurant at least once, for Melting Pot vegan fondues, if not for anything else.
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