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Lunch at McCormick and Schmick's Mpls [Moved from Midwest]

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I won a gift certificate for $30 to McCormick and Schmick's, good for lunch only, and only at the main restaurant, not at M&S Grill. I have never been, so I am wondering how best to blow my gift. Is there a standout dish?
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Dessimate the happy hour. You could feed a family with $30 then. Make sure to try the $3 burger.

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    1. re: MEalcentric

      But I like seafood, and the gift does not cover booze.
      I did not know M and S was a chain. Do they differ from location to location? I ask because I am specifically interested in the Mpls branch.

      1. re: AliceS

        Well, you are in luck. M&S is a chain (how much the menu varies I dunno), but the happy hour does NOT cover booze. They have lots of $2-$3 apps, like steams clams, mussels, calarami, etc and a GREAT BURGER. The menu varies from time to time but the burger is a constant (I know you said seafood, but you'll still have $27 left!). Go and explore and have fun. You could always call ahead to see what is on their happy hour menu and the times. Usually they have one from like 4-7 or so and another from 10pm -11 or something like that.

        1. re: MEalcentric

          It has to be lunch, so happy hour is out too. At least, the certificate says lunch, I am not sure how the restrictions work. In any case, my husband and I were looking forward to a nice regular lunch, not so much a happy hour gorging.

    2. I figured I would report back on my experience at M & S, where we went for lunch today.
      We started with the calamari, which was very nicely fried and came with 3 dipping sauces, one of which was mysteriously delicious, had some kind of herb and was a sort of oil-base. Then I had the green salad, which was nothing special but not bad (full disclosure: I asked not to have the blue cheese on top, so maybe for blue cheese lovers it would have been awesome). Then I had the Ahi Tuna appetizer as my entree, and loved it. I had a baby recently and could not have things like raw-ish tuna so this was great. It was served cold and came with a cucumber slaw that was also great. There was wasabi, ginger and soy sauce on the side. Paz had the seafood newburg, which he described as good, but he didn't seem overwhelmed. We had a 3rd person who got the jambalya, which also seemed good, though I am speculating. I had the cheesecake which was splendid.
      I feel very un-chowish for saying this, but I really liked the food. It was very polished and tasty. For the 2 of us, we had to add an extra $20 (including tip) to the $30 gift certificate, so $50 for lunch, which is more than I would normally pay, but was a nice treat.

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      1. re: AliceS

        It's not un-chowish at all. I don't think we should espouse culinary snobbery. Chains aren't banned from serving good food.

        I've been to the McCormick here in KC, and I must say I found it a bit overpriced. The ambience was nice, though.