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Aug 18, 2013 10:14 AM

The decline of McCormick & Schmick's

McCormick & Schmick's, once a family owned small chain based in the northwest, was not too long ago a dependably excellent seafood chain. Sadly, since taken over by Landry's, McCormick & Schmick's has declined so precipitously that it is no longer even recognizable. No longer do they print a daily menu showing what is the freshest fish available. The overall quality of everything has dropped markedly. The vegetables taste as though they have come off a steam table, and not only is the quality of the fish obviously diminished, the kitchen clearly does not have the skill to properly cook seafood.

We had an abysmal dinner at the local McC & S last evening. It will surely be our last. Although the server was very pleasant, the food was awful. Sole was greasy, shrimp were overcooked and rubbery, an unrecognizable orange pureed vegetable served with the shrimp was gluey and truly awful.

It's really a shame the damage that Landry's has done to this chain.

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      We were at the McCormick's in Irvine, CA.

    2. I don't know if it's all Landry's fault because 3 years ago at their Pittsburgh location I had a very sub-par meal. Looking at what other diners were served too it seemed as if their was a group of untrained monkeys in the kitchen.

      1. I've only known it in its chain incarnation for the last 7-8 years and it's never been particularly good with the exception of happy hour, which, while by no means memorable, is cheap.

        1. Typical of Fertitta and Landry's to take over a pretty good restaurant chain and turn it into a place serving cafeteria quality food.