Normally I like to finish the year with one of our affordable feast dinners, but my schedule around Christmas made that impossible... so, we're starting the year off with one instead! It's hard to beat great steaks and great seafood for, well, a great meal, but sadly, they can be on the expensive side. But this is Dine Out on a Dime, let's not forget, so never fear... I found us an outstanding deal!
Now, as most of you know, I tend to avoid chains... unless the individual restaurants in the chain are so excellent, they might as well not be a chain at all. The Des Peres location is the only McCormick & Schmick's location in the area, and it is simply an outstanding restaurant by any standard. And if they have a deal worthy of this group, then I say, why not?
Cuisine - Well, their name pretty much sums it up! They specialize in seafood, and to a lesser degree, steak. I could go into details but suffice it to say that if it's incredible seafood you're after, you'll find it here, from tilapia to lobster. Similarly, they have a great selection of steaks. Plus some other items, of course, but steaks and seafood are what they're known for, and for good reason. Now, what special offering qualifies them for one of our affordable feast dinners? Actually, they have two! First, as the event name mentions, they have a steak and lobster special that you'd be hard pressed to beat anywhere - a 4-5 oz lobster tail and a portion of steak medallions in bordelaise sauce, served with roasted potatoes. This is a "you have to know about it" special, as it's not mentioned on their menu! Second, they have a regular prix fixe collection, offering a three-course meal with your choice of soup or salad, entree, and dessert, all for about what you usually would pay for an entree! And this isn't some stripped down list; this includes several of their best menu choices. Awesome food at a special price? Yes! This is the very essence of one of our affordable feast dinners!
Cost - For their normal menu, McCormick & Schmick's is definitely a pretty high-end restaurant, with entrees running from the upper teens well into the $30s. Pricey, yes, but still well worth it. However, it's the specials that are calling to us! First, the steak and lobster special is a meager $24.99! That's less than you'd usually pay for steak OR lobster, much less both! And the second special, the prix fixe dinner, is $29.99 for three courses... again, about what you'd pay for the entree alone! Naturally, you're welcome to order anything from the menu, but it's these two specials that allow me to sneak a great restaurant like this into the Dine Out on a Dime calendar!
Other Info - McCormick & Schmick's is located at West County Center in Des Peres, at Manchester & I-270. They are on the north end of the mall (the Macy's end), on the west side (facing I-270), accessed from outside the mall. If you know where Bravo is located, they are right across the courtyard. Your best choice for parking if nothing is available right out front is the two-story lot on the other side of Bravo; there is virtually always plenty of parking available.
You might have noticed something interesting: I'm doing this dinner on two nights, Monday night and an extreme rarity, Sunday night! There are two reasons for this: First, it's so seldom that I do a dinner on a weekend that I thought this might allow a few people who have a hard time making it during the week to come; and second, because it's Sunday and Monday nights that they have the steak & lobster special! You're entirely welcome to come both nights if you want, but please make sure you know which night(s) you're signing up for!
I'm looking forward to seeing lots of my frugal foodies at McCormick & Schmick's on Monday the 20th for an awesome steak and/or seafood dinner... and welcoming 2014 in style!
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