Appetizers

Something’s fishy (in a good way) at McCormick & Schmick

A best bet: fish ‘n ‘ chips with Chesapeake fries at the bar inside McCormick & Schmick
A best bet: fish ‘n ‘ chips with Chesapeake fries at the bar inside McCormick & Schmick apierleoni@sacbee.com

Dining at the high-end national seafood chain McCormick & Schmick will cost a few bucks, but the service is impeccable and the fare fresh. Also, the menu has some old-school dishes not often seen, including creamed spinach, sauteed Swiss chard and lobster-studded mashed potatoes.

It specializes in a long list of tasty critters sourced from global waters, but we’ll stick with its lunchtime fish ‘n’ chips for quality and relative value ($17, compared to, say, macadamia-crusted halibut for $38).

Hefty chunks of fresh cod are dipped in batter that’s spiked with Blue Moon Ale, deep-fried and served steaming hot and crunchy. Dip them in tartar sauce that gets heat from poblano and chipotle peppers. The house-cut french fries (from Idaho potatoes) are spritzed with malt vinegar and dashed with Old Bay seasoning. Save some time and eat in the bar area, where the window view is of metal statuary of an elk family. Hmm.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks in the Fountains center, 1194 Roseville Parkway, Roseville; (916) 960-4875

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