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Winsted , Connecticut
January 19, 2007
If you want fresh seafood then McCormick & Schmick’s is your kind of place! We had two meals here, late lunch on Friday and early dinner on Saturday. The menu is reprinted twice everyday. It lists the fresh seafood received that day and where the fish comes from. For instance, there was Cod from Georges bank in Cape Cod. The menu changes daily and the servers are really well versed in explaining everything on the menu. Believe me, I asked a lot of questions.
For lunch on Friday, I had seafood and roasted corn chowder which is very tasty. The roasted corn adds a unique flavor. I also had seafood stir fry. It had shrimp and an unidentified white fish sautéed in a ginger soy sauce with peapods and yellow, red, and green peppers, and onions served with rice. While the rest of the food was good, the white fish itself was a little bit too overcooked and did not work well in the stir fry. Jim had steamed mussels in a curry sauce. He liked them. I thought the mussel I sampled was VERY good but the curry sauce was a little too hot for me. Jim also had fish and chips. The fish came out golden brown and the french fries were prepared just right. They bring out a dessert tray with some scrumptious desserts. We opted to split a mixed berry parfait with grand marnier cream. It looked better than it was. Too many blackberries and not enough strawberries. The lunch prices for the entrees ranged $10-15.
For dinner on Saturday, I decided to splurge and had the lobster thermidor. Yummy! It was a 1 1-2 pound lobster with its meat removed, sautéed in sherry with mushrooms and restuffed into the shell and baked with cheese and breadcrumbs. Served with green beans, carrots, and boiled new potatoes. A true feast and absolutely delicious at $31, not a bad price. I did have a cup of the Maryland crab soup. Though it was tasty, it had a very sharp bite to it which was a little too much for me. Jim had the boiled seafood platter which had a dungeness crab, a lump crab cake, shrimp, cod, and clams priced at $28.95. It too had the veggies and potatoes. He described it as really good. We were so full we told our server NOT to bring that dang dessert tray.
The view at this restaurant is of the harbor. Many tables are located at the windows and serve as a pleasant background for your meal. Eat here and you won’t be disappointed.
From journal Weekend in Baltimore
November 17, 2004
My husband dove into the menu and ordered 'Shrimp Popcorn with Sherry Mayonnaise' ($9.85). I started with a house salad with blue cheese and walnuts ($5.85). A bit of Little Penguin wine, and my husband didn't hesitate with the 'Crab Imperial' ($23.75), and I made a choice of preferred oceans and ordered 'Atlantic Salmon from New Brunswick, Canada'($21.90) over another salmon from Alaska. We agreed that everything was wonderful, but I have to add that my salmon was a bit on the rare side. If you want yours more cooked, be sure to ask for it.
You know us -- we didn't pass up desserts and coffee, choosing the super sweet 'trio', but it goes without saying that you dine at this restaurant for the seafood and the view. If you don't want anything to eat that swims, there are steak and poultry choices. Does anyone order them? All prices vary with the market. Menus are printed daily, and what we had may not be available on another day.
Yes, these are the same McCormick's as the famous spice people. The restaurant has parking and is an easy walk from the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
From journal Pride of Baltimore
Ellicott City, Maryland
March 22, 2002
From journal Charm City