Drunk After Work: McCormick & Schmick's
The Place: McCormick and Schmick's, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim; (714) 535-9000.
The Hours: 3:30-6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-close, Monday through Friday (but see note at end).
The Deal: Drink specials (which change often), $2-$5 bar menu.
The Sauce: Middle of the road. Until recently, happy hour at M&S was full price for drinks and specials on food; some drink specials have crept in, which is a welcome change. Well drinks are predictably hard on the palate; go for beer or wine rather than house gin or vodka, though if you order mixed drinks they'll be made competently. Each day has a different drink special, and they change often; a recent Tuesday featured $7 Belvedere cocktails.
|The famous McCormick & Schmick's $2.95 Burger|
The Verdict: This isn't the place for the after-work party, and it's hard to cut loose when there are kids in the bar. The acoustics don't lend themselves to a klatsch, either, unfortunately. For worn-out parents on vacation, though, it's a godsend. Come here for an early dinner and a beer, though; the burger alone is worth it.
The Grade: B-.
McCormick & Schmick's has two additional locations, not reviewed, in Orange County: 2000 Main St., Irvine; (949) 756-0505 and 2791 N. Main St., Santa Ana; (714) 558-1963. Happy hour times, prices and menus are set by the individual restaurant, so check their website before you go.