McCormick & Schmick’s Comes to Beachwood

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The very name is a mouthful at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, the newly opened seafood & steakhouse in Beachwood. (Part of a Portland, Oregon-based chain with 50 or so spots nationwide, it joins other Ohio locations in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.) But the menu is a big ’un, too, filled with scores of lunch and dinner possibilities – everything from oysters on the half shell, fried calamari, and grilled swordfish to spicy shrimp linguini, beer-battered fish ’n’ chips, and filet mignon. Still not enough? The Fresh List – featuring 30 types of fresh, not frozen, fishes -- changes twice daily as new shipments arrive! So how to chose from all this bounty? We asked the restaurant’s Brecksville-born chef Doug Fulton for some guidance. After spending nearly a decade in Seattle, including a stint as chef de cuisine at the award-winning Salish Lodge & Spa, Fulton knows his fish. Among his favorite picks on the M & S menu: seared jumbo sea scallops with jasmine rice and stirfried veggies; the Northwest Sauté, with salmon, asparagus, and a light cream sauce; and for purists, cedar-planked salmon with a sauce of Pacific Northwest berries. (Entree prices, incidentally, fall anywhere from the low teens to the upper 30s.) Then there’s the famous bar menu, featuring made-from-scratch cocktails and such noshes as burgers, wings, salmon cakes, and bruschetta, all pegged at $1.95 during Happy Hours, 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. daily. (A two-drink minimum applies.) Decisions, decisions. Luckily, you can discover new faves for yourself. Find M & S at 26300 Cedar Rd., at the main entrance to Beachwood Place shopping mall. For reservations and more information, click here or call 216-595-2886. --- Elaine T. Cicora

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