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.