Sunday, December 5, 2010

McCormick & Schmick's

On our next to last night in Las Vegas, my parents took us out to dinner at McCormick & Schmick's. Yes, I know they're a chain, and there is one here in Pittsburgh, but I've never eaten at one and my parents really like the one in Las Vegas. It's not on the Strip, but it's near the Strip.

We started off with some cocktails. From left to right, a Holiday Spice Sangria for me, Cosmopolitan for mom, and Blue Moon beer for SP:Since my sangria kind of blended into mom's sweater, I moved it over and added it the photo of the Bonterra Viognier we ordered. Dad didn't have a cocktail; he just drank wine. I really like viognier and this was a very tasty one.The sangria was really, really tasty! There were 2 orange wedges and 2 maraschino cherries. I took a photo of the description in the cocktail menu:As I re-read the description, I realize my drink did not come with a cinnamon stick. Huh.

The bread was tasty, too. It was served with butter (not olive oil or a tapenade).To start, SP ordered Crab Bisque with Tawny Port Reduction:The bowl arrived with just a mound of rice with crabmeat on top. The server then poured the soup from a small pitcher around the mound. This soup was so good. I wish I had ordered it. I just wanted a taste of his soup, but I liked it so much that I kept dipping my bread into it. I made sure we used bread to mop up every last bit of soup.

Dad likes the Iceberg Wedge with Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Cucumbers: The wedge is served with the blue cheese dressing on top and some tomato wedges alongside the wedge. The server left a trio of serving bowls with the blue cheese, real bacon bits, and cucumber on the table so that dad could add as little or as much of those ingredients as he wanted. I didn't try it.

Mom loves snails in garlic sauce, so she ordered Baked Escargot with Porcini Truffle Butter and Garlic Bread:As I said, mom loves these. SP tried one and liked it. I didn't try any since they were chock full of garlic!

Dad ordered Wahoo for dinner:It was the daily special and I can't remember the dish description. I think it was an Asian-y soy-teriyaki sauce on top of the fish and slivers of green beans, red pepper, and onions under the fish.

Mom ordered Tilapia - Parmesan Crusted and Served with Lemon Butter and Capers:She really likes tilapia and said her fish was very tasty, not dry, and her green beans were slightly crunchy, just the way she likes them.

SP opted for Rainbow Trout - Almond Crusted with Lemon Butter:He enjoyed the trout and vegetables. He likes nuts and lemon so this was a good choice for him.

Not being a fish person, I opted for 'The Perfect Combination' -- you choose 2 or 3 dishes from a list of 5 options. I chose Grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp and Crab and Shrimp Cake:There were 4 large grilled shrimp, a delicious shrimp & crab cake, slightly crunchy green beans, and an orzo-squash salad. I didn't try the sauce in the little bowl so don't know what it was. I enjoyed everything except the orzo-squash salad. It just tasted bland and mushy to me.

We also shared a side of Truffle Macaroni & Cheese:My dad & I really enjoyed the macaroni & cheese. We ate almost all of it! SP & mom had just a couple small spoonfuls. They thought it was just OK. It's not the best accompaniment to fish, but I love macaroni & cheese and also truffle flavor. It definitely had a truffle flavor and it was hot & cheesy.

For dessert, my mom ordered a Baily's Irish Cream:I decided on tiramisu. This wasn't traditional tiramisu, it was a peach tiramisu with a creamy champagne flavored sauce.My dad and SP really, really liked the tiramisu. I liked it, but not as much as they did. It was a little too sweet for me.SP wanted to try the baked apple coated in pie crust and served with a caramel sauce:The apple core was removed and the space filled with cinnamon and walnuts and probably brown sugar & other spices. I thought this was tasty. SP thought it was OK. He didn't eat much of the pie crust coating. He liked the tiramisu better than the apple dessert.

Our server was very friendly and paced the meal nicely. He didn't rush us -- after we ordered cocktails, he waited a bit before taking our orders so that we could enjoy the cocktails. I don't like when I have a cocktail and then before I know it, my meal is in front of me and I'm trying to finish drinking something sweet like a sangria or a lemon martini or a cosmo. Drinks like that just do not pair well with most meals, for me. They're better with appetizers, but for me, I'd rather finish a drink like that before any part of my meal except maybe bread.

Water glasses were kept filled. Empty plates promptly removed. Nothing bad to say!

All in all, a very tasty meal. I'd definitely go back to McCormick & Schmick's in Las Vegas - and of course the one in Pittsburgh, too, which we've been meaning to try. Many thanks to mom and dad for a terrific meal.


  1. Thanks so much for the great review! Would you mind if I posted it on our Twitter & Facebook pages?

    Thank you,
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