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$13 worth of McCormick & Schmick's Happy Hour, 3 to 6 p.m., 10 p.m. to close, Mon-Sat.; 4 to 6 p.m., 9 to 11 p.m., Sunday
Location: 1103 First Avenue
What does $13 fetch You? $8 Martini, and $4.95 beef skewers; Or if you're starving: three burgers ($1.95 each), and a Stella Artois ($5), plus tax and tip.
Tip: Give it a shot for a late lunch. You only have to spend $2.50 on a beverage to get the happy hour deals. So, you can grab a cup of coffee and a burger at 3 p.m. for inside of $5.
McCormick & Schmick's is my Wrigley Field of downtown happy hours.
It's a classic, imperfect, and I can't sip anywhere else in town without holding up this First Avenue spot's happy hour menu against it.
A friend of mine, a one-time bellman at the Four Seasons (Fairmont), introduced McCormick to me when I was barely 21, and I've enjoyed $1.95 burgers and halibut collar (a must-try when it's on the menu) there more than anywhere else in town.
Unfortunately, it's not much of a secret. On any given evening, you'll have a hard time finding a single chair or inch of window sill available in the bar, unless you send in a scout before 4 p.m.
Yes, the $1.95 half-pound cheeseburgers are the crown jewel of this happy hour. It's the constant on a ever-rotating happy hour menu that creeps up to $5.95 for some items. The burger's much better than say, Coutour's $1.95 patty down the street, thought not at good as the Met's (which is also a bit spendier at $4.95). But, it's solid. Warning: they under cook the burgers. So, if you usually order medium, bring it up to at least medium-well (though, I usually call ?well?).
Wandering away from the burger (you have to sometimes), I don't recommend the oysters on the half shell, which were recently going for $5.95 a half-dozen. They're served sans ice on a dinner plate at room temperature and look more like oceanic loogies than the well manicured platter you'd get up the street at Shuckers (which rolls out $1 oysters during their (shorter) happy hour).
On my most recent visit, I tried, for the first time, the beef skewers ($4.95). Had I been simply looking for simply a snack alongside my Tanqueray martini ($8), I would have been sufficiently satisfied. But, as I was trying to multi-task, and get dinner taken care of during happy hour, I found myself wanting. But, hey, there's no shame in calling in cheeseburger to top yourself off. That is, if you've got more than $13 to spend.