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That's the last time we go to McCormick and Schmicks for Thanksgiving


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That's the last time we go to McCormick and Schmicks for Thanksgiving

stever500 | Nov 24, 2006 03:43 AM

It's the 3rd year we've been to the Bethesda McCormick and Schmicks for Thanksgiving. Next year we'll just have our family over at the house. We asked for our grilled tuna medium, not pink in the middle. It came out pink in the middle. My swordfish came out totally raw. The entire piece of fish was raw, bright pink, with only the outside white. My mother in law's pasta and shrimp dish was so spicy, she took one bite and that was it. I tried it thinking she's not a good judge of what's too spicy or not as she had a cold and was grouchy, but it was so spicy with way too much pepper that even I found it inedible and I LOVE spicy food. The waiter told her they would get her something else so she agreed to try the same shrimp with pasta in a simple marinara and he said it would be about 5-7 minutes. 15 minutes later after we had mostly finished our meals, hers finally came out, and it was fine for her.

We were told after grilling the guy about what the meal came with that it definitely came with rice. All 3 fish dishes came out with potatoes. He did eventually bring some rice on the side, saying the chef must have changed it up midstream today, so that was fine. We got both the great red potatoes and the rice.

We asked to speak with the mgr about our meal and she came over just as my swordfish was coming back from being recooked. I cut into it in her presence and it was black and red inside! I told her that something was wrong here and she admitted it was a bad cut of fish. She offered to replace it with another meal but we just said forget it and to take it away. After splitting my wife's tuna dish which we got back cooked in the middle, and it tasted good, we were both full.

For dessert we had the pumpkin cheesecake which was decent, the creme brulee (not that great), the wonderful bread pudding, and the blueberry cobbler. The waiter said when he brought the check that "I paid for your desserts and that one entree you had sent back". What a weird way of saying that the mgr simply comped the desserts and the one meal which we couldn't eat. "I paid for them"? That was strange.

We will not be going back to this place anytime soon! The turkey meals that others were getting did look great from a distance, but we don't eat turkey.

Oh well. Whatcha gonna do...

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We're going to Rasika for the 1st time on Saturday night so I might post a review after that. I went back to Zengo for the 2nd time the other night with different friends and still liked the food, but won't go back anytime soon. It was fun, but we like trying different restaurants. We liked the filet mignon dish best of the 3 we tried there at Zengo again. We also had the yummy black cod and the salmon. We'll also be going back to Oya for the 2nd time on Dec 2. Thanks to you guys, I'm learning about some cool dining options in DC. Still want to try Palena and Corduroy.

Steve R

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