Seafood comes downtown

I’m very excited that two vacant spaces in the greater downtown area are being transformed into two very excellent seafood restaurants. First, McCormick & Schmick’s is opening an outlet in the ground floor of the Elk’s Building. If you’re not familiar they run some excellent restaurants in major cities, including three Bay Area locations. Even if you’re not a seafood person, you won’t be able to resist the $1.95 bar food menu. You can get a 1/2 pound cheeseburger, fish tacos and more for just a handful of change.

The other new arrival is an extension of a Sacramento food family, Fin’s Market, across from the shiny horse Safeway at 19th & R. The bonus here is that it’s a fish market and more casual restaurant (Mc & Schmicks is installing lots of mahogony paneling) all in one. It’s within walking distance of home so I’m looking forward to being able to buy fresh fish without dropping some serious dough at the Co-Op.

5 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

    M&S – the universal happy hour destination does have a great food menu for that appointed time – it seems a logical addition to downtown and will – I hope – dress up J a bit toward that end of the town.

  2. Levi (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    I am so glad that the elks building is finally getting something cool. Its the best building in the city in mind. (of the old ones anyway) I have not eaten at McCormick & Schmick’s but I am happy that at least something is happening. Now someone needs to do something with the masonic building a block down. Now that would be cool!

  3. uneasy rhetoric (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    When I lived in Portland, we used to take advantage of the happy hour at Jakes Grill (and McC&S restaurant) as often as possible, which means not nearly often enough. The burger is the best deal in town, even *after* the minimum drink purchase — which as I recall was about $4.

    And as much as I deride chains, I have to admit I’m looking forward to this one.

  4. Lissa (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 9:13 am

    I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that they’re opening up a McCormick & Schmicks!! I used to go there a lot for happy hour when I lived in Irvine. You’re right, their happy hour prices are unbeatable!

  5. Jake (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    I too am happy to see more great dining flow into Sacramento. M&C’s is great place, and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the Portland location. Nice! However I must contest the Fin’s epidemic. Fish market or not, that place is overrated, overpriced and unfortunate. I love Sacramento, but would rather go to the Co-op and pay more for something I know is worth it. Fin’s prepares mediocre food, and sells ridiculous fish. I’m in no hurry to have more of that kitchy crap here.

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