I love fondue, but I only indulge in it occasionally. I have a few friends that make a killer fondue spread, but my chances to partake are few and far between. My favorite fondue spot is The Melting Pot. I went there for the first time the day after Taylor and I got married, and our meal was more expensive than one of the hotels we stayed at on our honeymoon. We’ve gone back for the cheese or dessert courses a few times, but it’s way out of our budget to go for the $80/couple “Big Night Out.” Esther and I went to Cafe Zupa’s for dinner last week before the Mat Kearney Concert. I noticed that they had a Belgian chocolate fondue spread, and I couldn’t resist. It’s $9.99 for 2-3 people, you get the warm fondue, strawberries, bananas, brownies, and marshmallows to dip. We asked to have our fondue brought out as we were finishing our dinner.
The store manager brought out the platter, he told us that they use chocolate so fine that they have to pay $200 per brick. Only a few employees are trained to prepare the fondue to their precise specifications. I have to say…this may have been the best milk chocolate I’ve ever had. I made sure to go back and talk to him to let him know how lovely it was…and told him I’d definitely be back for it again.
Zupa’s has locations in Draper, American Fork, South Jordan, Provo and Cottonwood. They are what I’d consider “fast casual,” nicer than fast food, but not too pricey. They have a large variety of unique soups, salads, and sandwiches. And meals come with fresh baked baguette and a chocolate dipped strawberry. I highly recommend Zupa’s…both for the food and the fondue.