In the 1970’s, Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick had an idea: bring the best seafood and meats to their customers and exceed their expectations. They conceived McCormick and Schmick’s restaurant with that philosophy in mind. McCormick and Schmick’s started in the Pacific Northwest and has flourished to over 80 locations across the country. The San Diego location is in the Omni Hotel right across from the San Diego Convention Center and a stone-crab’s throw from the Gaslamp District. McCormick and Schmick’s is also connected to Petco Park via a sky bridge, so if you want to catch a game and maybe a lobster afterward, it would be very plausible to do so at McCormick and Schmick’s.
The use of local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and purveyors allows McCormick and Schmick’s to offer its customers the freshest food daily. They even print new menus every day to reflect the available fare. Whether it be the Carlsbad oysters or black mussels, Baja fished yellowtail or swordfish or even the grass-fed hanger steaks from the Imperial Valley, they make sure the quality is tip-top.
When it comes to happy hour, McCormick and Schmick’s has you covered with drinks and food deals from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Simple items from Edamame and Sweet Potato Fries to Black Mussels and Fish Tacos give a good taste of the overall menu for a lighter price. There are also six different options for cocktails like Jim Beam and Cola or the Blueberry Lemonade, Coors Light and Bud Light for $4.00, and $5.00 house chardonnay or cabernet wine by the glass.
If you’re looking for more substantial items, the dinner and lunch menu will fill that void. The midday meal is served from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily and the dinner menu is available from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 11:00 p.m. on the weekends. Starters include Steamed Clams, Lump Blue Crab Cakes and Bacon Wrapped scallops, all for $15.00 or less. There is also a small sushi and raw bar as well as basic salad offerings. Trout, salmon, swordfish, cod, Ahi tuna, yellowtail, bass and sole are just a few of the seafood options with other delectable crustaceans like scallops, shrimp and lobster peppering the carte du jour.
If the ocean isn’t calling your stomach’s name, maybe the land-loving animals are more your style. Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin, American Kobe Style Beef Burger or the Free-Range Chicken Parmesan are excellent options for those not feeling the fishy fare. The wine list is substantial with around 100 wines to choose from with 18 being at 90 points or higher on the Wine Spectator scale.
Freshness and quality are benchmarks at McCormick and Schmick’s when it comes to food. With seafood, steaks, starters, salads and house made desserts, nothing short of spectacular is accepted by the staff at McCormick and Schmick's. With such attention to detail, patrons shouldn’t hesitate to stop in for lunch, happy hour or a delectable dinner.
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