That Fondue Place
934 River Road, Edgewater
Hours: Tues–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 5–11 pm; Sunday, 4–9 pm.
Style: Formerly the Magic Pot, this restaurant is minimalist in style with mustard-colored walls and modern accents. Fondue tables hug the walls of the long room. For more privacy, there’s also a back room with tables.
Don’t Miss: The French Gruyère cheese fondue ($16) is the most popular appetizer. It’s actually not made from Gruyère but Swiss and makes a great introduction for guests unfamiliar with fondue. There’s also the classic cheese fondue and more sophisticated blends like the spinach artichoke made with mozzarella. For the main course, there are cooking broths, including the blanco (white wine, garlic and cracked black pepper) that goes with everything. The mojo (a Caribbean version complete with lemon slices) has a bit more flavor. Order the magic feast ($35) for a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, salmon, scallops or ravioli, which you cook in the simmering broth. For dessert, chocolate fondue ($16) is dressed up with extras like caramel, peanut butter, coconut flakes or bits of candy bars. Try the campfire rendition, with melted marshmallow and graham cracker.
Heads Up: The restaurant is popular among teenagers and families with small kids as well as couples. No reservations are taken for parties of three or fewer, so go early to get a table on the weekend. Parking is available at the municipal lot across the street.
The Scoop: The Edgewater Multiplex Cinema is about a five-minute drive south on River Road.