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Restaurant Review: McCormick and Schmick’s

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and am not being compensated for this post.  As always the opinions are completely my own.

Last weekend the husband and I were in Chicago.  While we spent some time downtown, we actually stayed the night a bit north of the city in Skokie, Illinois. (I love downtown Chicago hotels, but they can get very pricey this time of year!) I go to Chicago pretty often (you probably can tell by my abundance of Illinois restaurant reviews!) and usually when I’m there I eat downtown so I was at a bit of a loss for where to go to dinner in Skokie. After some searching of the internet, I found McCormick and Schmick’s.  I have been this restaurant before, but other locations.  I recalled it being good, slightly upscale food, so we decided to give it a try.  We were with my parents, brother, and his girlfriend so I was slightly concerned that seating six of us would be a problem on a Saturday night, but I was able to get reservations earlier that day.

One of the things that I really like about this restaurant is that while it is fairly upscale dining (and prices) I don’t feel like I need to be super fancy.  There are people dressed casually, and kids, and people dressed in suits.  I don’t ever feel like I’m dressed inappropriately when I go to one.

To start, I had a glass of wine.  Remember when I finally found one wine that I know by name? (14 hands Cabernet) They had it there so I had to order some. (Luckily the one wine that I know I like is a fairly inexpensive wine.)

McCormick and Schmick

I started my meal with a wedge salad (minus the bacon).  I love wedge salads.  Super simple but crisp and delicious.

McCormick and Schmick's Wedge

For my entree I had a hard time deciding.  Generally I get steak when I go to this type of restaurant, but I wanted a lighter meal than that.  Once I saw that there was lobster on the menu, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I tossed around ideas of other seafood options, but I ended up going back to the lobster every time.  So, I decided to splurge and get the lobster, I think it was the roasted potatoes that eventually made up my mind.

McCormick and Schmick's Lobster

I don’t often eat whole lobster – I think this is only the second time I’ve ever had it – so this was definitely a treat.  The lobster was good.  Dipped in butter and doused in lemon juice it was a fun and delicious treat. The roasted potatoes were good as well.  They weren’t heavily seasoned but they were cooked well and there were lots of them.  A whole lobster is quite a bit more meat than I expected I guess because I didn’t even finish all of the potatoes!

Since my lobster ended up taking a bit longer than anticipated, the restaurant manager brought us a dessert on the house. We were all pretty full, so if they would have asked us what we wanted for dessert I’m sure we would have just passed on the option, but they just brought something out without asking.  That seemed a little bit weird to me at first (why bring out a plate of food that may not get eaten?) but clearly they knew what they were doing because we devoured the dessert.

McCormick and Schmick's Apple Pie

The dessert that they brought out was the Upside Down Candied Walnut Apple Pie with cinnamon ice cream.  The crispy crust and warm apples with the cold cinnamon ice cream was definitely a winner.  Between the six of us, it was gone pretty fast, everyone seemed to like it a lot.

Overall the restaurant was a solid choice – as I suspected.  Everyone seemed to like their meals a lot, and even though the service seemed a bit slow, they were very apologetic about it and definitely made up for it with free dessert.

Taste: A, good food, large portions.
Cost: A-, of course I got the lobster so I’m not sure that counts to judge price, but my wedge salad was $6 and the dessert would’ve been $9.95.  Not too bad for a higher end restaurant.

Would I go there again? Yeah I think so.  Maybe not that exact location, but I like having it as a standby for a nicer dinner when I am traveling.

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2 Responses

  1. That same night when I went 🙂 I was with my in-laws. We got the Shrimp Kisses appetizer – SO GOOD. and for dessert we all shared three – the chocolate bag, the bailey’s cake, and a brownie with ice cream – all three were fantastic.

    I find it interesting that you consider it both fancy and casual… due mostly to the prices, but also the atmosphere, this was a SUPER fancy place for me! I grew up almost in the sticks!! I felt very out of place. But it was still very nice. I told Aaron we’d need to come back on a date and get one of those private booths 😉

    • I feel like it is causal because it is touristy so there isn’t really a dress code or anything. But that also might be because the locations I’ve gone to were in pretty big cities (NYC, Vegas, etc.) that have MUCH fancier options available, so maybe just on that scale its no so fancy?

      Oh, that dessert that you had sounds amazing!!

      Yeah that private booths. Heheh. Do you have a Melting Pot near you? They have those private booths too!

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