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jeb Mar 15, 2007 06:40 AM

I've only been to this chain a few times but wasn't overwhelmed. I will going to the one in Bethesda on Saturday night. What's good? Is everything fresh? Do they have specials that I should try to stick to? How are the crabcakes? Thanks.

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    charmedgirl Mar 15, 2007 07:53 AM

    Last time I was there I enjoyed the pan roast. Chocked full of seafood with a flavorful broth.

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      Katj Mar 15, 2007 07:57 AM

      Not a big fan of chains but I have to say everything I've ordered here has been really good.
      I love to get their soup.
      I have not tried their crabcakes.
      Good Luck and good eatin'

      1. ambrose Mar 15, 2007 08:02 AM

        Jeb, check out the following link concerning McCormick & Schmick.

        http://www.fishbowl.com/clt/mccrmck/p...

        1. Lowbar Mar 15, 2007 08:20 AM

          All of the fish I have had their has been quite fresh as advertised. I have not always been pleased with the preparations, but stick to simple preparations of fish that you like and you will come out of it just fine.

          1. jpschust Mar 15, 2007 08:56 AM

            Watch your fish for fish replacements. The white chocolate bread pudding served extra hot is excellent.

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              Bob W Mar 15, 2007 09:43 AM

              I second the bread pudding rec. Save room for dessert!

            2. Meg Mar 15, 2007 09:09 AM

              They have an excellent, fresh and very large seafood cobb salad that's always a winner. Not that it's relevant this Sat., but they also have a surprisingly good brunch (a la carte), which I actually prefer over their dinners.

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                Glorybee Mar 15, 2007 05:45 PM

                There are worse sentences.... I'm allergic to most seafood but still I can find something tasty and fresh at M&S.

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                  hollygolightly Mar 15, 2007 05:49 PM

                  I am actually a fan of McCormick's happy hours (they have an early one as well as a late night one) - $1.95 apps in the bar area; and i saw that this wk in honor of St. Patrick's day, they have some special $1.95 Irish-themed apps as well.

                  1. Mulan Mar 16, 2007 05:08 PM

                    We were there for the first time on Saturday (at the Crystal City branch). Everything was fresh and great--pan-fried oysters, fried calamari, salad, bread, green beans, and potatoes. But whatever you do, don't order the Lobster Thermidor like I did. It was awful--tasted like ammonia, which I found out later meant it was too old. I should have returned it, but I was a wuss. My husband had the trout and it was good.

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                      Minger Mar 18, 2007 12:55 PM

                      i took a date to the crystal city branch a year or two ago for a special occasion (bounced from a packed legal seafood) and i was disappointed with the waiter's service. he couldn't help -- or understand -- my guest's request for help with the wine and got some part of the order wrong. the crab bisque was okay, don't remember what else i ordered. bad service kills the experience.

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                      flavrmeistr Mar 18, 2007 06:34 PM

                      The fish and chips at M&S is pretty good. I had it in Atlanta a few weeks ago and it hit the spot. Many of the fancier fish specials are good, but what I consider on the smallish side (between 4-6 oz. of fish).

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