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McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant

Faneuil Hall Marketplace ~ Freedom Trail

Vacationing on a history tour in Boston’s Freedom Trail affords the chance to choose from dozens of unique restaurants! We had eaten a hearty lunch and had Dunkin Donuts on the way into Boston, so we walked for quite awhile before we were hungry enough to eat. Our timing was impeccable, by the time we wrapped our way around to Faneuil Hall, we were starving.

There was the Cheers Pub, made famous by the TV show, which was not really our style and definitely did not have that family feel we wanted. We had already met a couple who highly recommended it, but that is not our speed! We saw the food court – yuck – any mall has that! Wanting something a little more unique, a delightful restaurant in the center of this historic area kept us moving on. Walking a little further through the marketplace, we saw a gorgeous building with beveled, sparkling glass windows and we knew we had found the place!

Walking into McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant was a welcome contrast to the cold, drizzly, Boston early spring day. Sparkling beveled glass on the outside turned in to deep dark woods, cushioned booths, and a tranquil yet fun atmosphere inside. Families were everywhere, enjoying themselves, yet it was a definite respite in the midst of a gigantic city!

Dad could not resist ordering a bowl of clam chowder to start his meal, which was good, but not as thick as he expected it to be. Having never had clam chowder in New England, he wondered if they just made it wrong everywhere else! Consistency aside, it was a pretty good bowl of chowder with the requisite round crackers. He ordered the Blackened Salmon.

Lisa (Mom) started the meal off with a house salad – which was a gigantic salad of delicious field greens, candied walnuts, blue cheese chunks and a white balsamic viniagrette that was delicate yet delicious! It is hard to get enough vegetables in on vacation, and this house salad did a great job of delivering 3 servings – easily! When the Blackened Salmon came, it was fabulous, and well seasoned, with a delicious sauce, lemon butter rice pilaf and sauteed veggies. Amazingly, that salmon stayed hot for the entire meal, rather than going cold half way through it like fish so often does. I felt great after eating this delicious food.

Emily had a big steamy bowl of Clam Chowder, and a garden salad. Emily thought the clam chowder was quite tasty, creamy and the perfect thing to warm her up on a rather wet, chilly walk around Boston. Emily also had the house salad, which was a little too friffy of a salad for a kid (despite our best attempts, she still prefers Romaine or even iceberg lettuce – shudder!) Kids will love the plentiful bread with butter!

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant has a kids menu full of the standard kid fare choices - sure to please any kid out there!

Dessert was out of this world! While in Boston, one simply MUST try the Boston Crème Pie in as many different ways possible! McCormick and Schmick’s Boston Crème Pie is amazing, absolutely amazing, whether you love BCP or not! When our waitress brought out the thick slab, and set it before me,  thought “BCP heaven!” and it was! Velvety smooth cake, drenched in a satiny, fudgy, luscious chocolate glaze with the most decadent custard in the middle – each bite fresh and delicious! I was in heaven (and so thankful I had opted for fish and veggies!) You will notice that it was tasted before I managed to get a photo - it was THAT good!

Emily had a magnificent hot fudge sundae – one of those gigantic rounded parfait mugs filled with creamy vanilla ice cream, mounds of hot fudge and whipped cream. She dug in with delight – not wanting to share a single bite! It was fabulous!

Dave had Upside Down Apple Pie with Candied Walnut Crust - superb! Absolutely superb apple dessert!

We waddled out of McCormick & Schmick's thoroughly satisfied in food, warmed and back onto Boston's Freedom Trail for more adventures.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Darragh Nolan Manager

N Market Building Boston, Massachusetts 02019


McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is located in the heart of historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, just steps from the North End, The Financial District, Government Center and Boston's Waterfront. Showcasing more than 30 varieties of seafood, the restaurant's enticing menu is updated twice each day to feature the freshest fish available. Winning the admiration of the most discerning diners, McCormick & Schmick's is classic in every sense of the word.