Fondue: 5 Spots for a Retro Date Night

Everything tastes better with cheese (or chocolate), so it’s no surprise that fondue remains a guilt
Fondue Palace Kitchen Lavendar
Lavender-infused fondue at Palace Kitchen

PAIR
What happens when a mild, buttery Camembert and a strong, pungent Gorgonzola join forces? They create Cambozola, which makes a dip-tastic fondue. Pair’s version is accompanied by pear, apple and crostini pieces begging to be dunked. $9. Ravenna/U District, 5501 30th Ave. NE; 206.526.7655; pairseattle.com

THE MELTING POT
You can’t go wrong with the traditional Swiss fondue, featuring Gruyère and Emmentaler accented by white wine, garlic, lemon and a dash of Kirschwasser. The Melting Pot also does chocolate right—in milk, dark or white. The exciting part here is the dipper selection: fruit, cheesecake, marshmallows, brownies and Rice Krispies Treats. $16 small, $32 regular. Queen Anne, 14 Mercer St.; 206.378.1208; meltingpot.com

PALACE KITCHEN
The goat cheese fondue stands out with a sweetly herbal, lavender infusion, perfect alongside grilled bread and apples. $10. Downtown, 2030 Fifth Ave.; 206.448.2001; tomdouglas.com

MULLEADY’S IRISH PUB
This Magnolia alehouse steps things up a notch with a chèvre fondue ideal for those who can’t choose between sweet and savory. The goat cheese mingles with blackberry honey for a distinctive fusion of flavors. $8. Magnolia, 3055 21st Ave. W; 206.283.8843; mulleadyspub.com

94 STEWART
The Steward’s Fondue at this Pike Place restaurant features a selection of cheeses chosen by cheese steward Nic Norton, and it’s finished with cream and wine. $13. 94 Stewart St.; 206.441.5505; 94stewart.com