Dining Out: McCormick & Schmicks (Southpark)
There is really only one word for this place: Spectacular!
I have been a frequent visitor to McCormick & Schmicks for well over a year now - having tried virtually every item on the menu. At one time, I had tried everything on the menu but they change the menu frequently. The prices are more than what I typically spend on dinner but the lunch menu is very similar and much cheaper - although not cheap. Lunch will run about $15-$17 per person. A full dinner with appetizers, entrees and dessert will run around $50 per person, before any alcohol.
My wife and I went there the other night in what was planned to be a pre-Indiana Jones meal. Unfortunately, we engorged ourselves so much and took so long doing it, we did not feel like a movie afterward.
The ambiance is very upscale and the staff very professional. The staff is always very knowledgable and willing to ablige whatever desire that you have.
On this visit, I had a decided to splurge a little. I had a 2 lb Whole Main Lobster stuffed with lump crab meat. It was outstanding. It was pre-split down the middle for me so that the meat was extremely easy for me to get to. As I said before, it was simply amazing.
My wife had a Steak and Shrimp Combination, but as you may recall from prior post, she does not eat seafood, so the shrimp were for me. The combination also came with McCormick & Schmick’s Signature Creme Brulee - again for me, my favorite dessert.
The shrimp were large and also stuffed with lump crab meat. This was the first time I had had these, and as usual, I was very pleased - delicious.
One thing I usually do is to order the Potato Croquet as my side item. I did so this time, and it was cooked to perfection. As you take a bite of the croquet, you have to wonder how the chefs at McCormick’s are able to prepare food this amazing while competitors can not.
When it was time for dessert, I was still excited to see the Creme Brulee placed on the table along with the Cheesecake that my wife ordered. Again, the Creme Brulee was outstanding. I will stop short of saying that this is the best Creme Brulee I have had, because it is not. But, it is near the top of the list. Of course, I do not recall ever getting a bad Creme Brulee.
My wife throughly enjoyed her Filet Mignon as well. I routinely go with friends that do not eat seafood and they all rave about the steaks. For those who have ever heard the phrase, “never eat steak at a seafood place”, can throw that advice out the window at McCormick & Schmicks. I will agree with most seafood places, but not McCormicks. Of course, if you eat seafood - get seafood.
Since I have literally visited this restaurant 100’s of times, I will list out some of my favorite dishes too:
Oysters On the Half Shell - always extremely fresh, and always extremely delicious. This is one of the few restaurants that I will actually eat raw oysters at. I do not trust most restuarants to handle the oysters properly - especially some of the “dives” around town that proclaim to be raw bars. Don’t get me wrong, I will drink a few beers and eat a bucket of steamed oysters at those places, but I am not eating a raw one.
Ahi Tuna - Sesame Seared
Halibut, with Roasted Garlic Butter
Swordfish, with Boiled Red Potatoes and Lemon Butter
Atlantic Salmon, Roasted on a Cedar Plank with Northwest Berry Sauce (THE BEST SALMON I HAVE EVER HAD, BAR NONE)
Yellowtail Flounder, Permesan Crusted with Lemon Caper Butter
Desserts: Pretty much all of them are great
Upside Down Granny Smith Apple Pie