UPDATE: McCormick & Schmick's $10 Lunch Menu And A Contest

UPDATE: McCormick & Schmick's $10 Lunch Menu And A Contest


If there was a time for restaurants to join the bargain bandwagon, it's now. Months ago, there was what I call "The Restaurants Savannah" -- the few in the roster of eateries that survived Chapter 11 to make up what's left of Culinary Adventures -- and their $10 filet mignon, crab legs, or fresh fish dinner.

And now there's McCormick and Schmick's, who are enstating $10 meals of their own in all of their O.C. locations (and their L.A. ones). Except, this deal's for lunch, which is a start. Maybe if the economy gets worse, they'll discount their dinners too (of course, there's always their Happy Hour menu).

Here's the menu of what you can get for $10:

Soup, Salad or Sandwich Combo
Cup of Soup with Choice of Salad or 1/2 Sandwich
Oregon Bay Shrimp & Angel Hair Pasta
Fresh Bay Shrimp, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes
SW Chipotle Chicken Salad Wrap 
with Mixed Greens, Avocado and Roasted Peppers
Salmon Penne 
with Wild Mushrooms, Hazelnuts and Sherry Cream
Smoked Turkey Club 
on Sourdough with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Reuben Sandwich 
Thousand Island Dressing and Sauerkraut
Coconut Shrimp Salad 
with Oranges, Papayas and Mango Vinaigrette
Cod Sandwich 
Beer Battered with Tartar Sauce
Grilled Chicken Chop Salad 
with Feta, Kalamata Olives and Cucumber
Grilled Salmon Ciabatta
served with Herbed Shallot Mayonnaise

And now, a contest. Click on this link, which is our restaurant Best Of list for 2008. The first person in the comment section to pick and list out 10 of the ones I (Edwin Goei) wrote, wins a $10 gift certificate to McCormick and Schmick's. OC Weaklings are not eligible.  You can only list 10 at a time.  One entry per person.  I'll reveal who the winner is on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 a.m. (if there is one).

UPDATE (Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 a.m.):  Some got very, very close (9 right out of 10).  Some were way off (4 right out of 10).  But no one's got it yet.  Those who've already guessed: Give it another college try!  I'll come back and announce the winner (hopefully there is one), tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 a.m.

UPDATE (Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.): Okay.  So I guess this contest is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  So here's a couple of hints, since some of you got so close.  The Best Of Issue was published on October 3, 2008.  So if you saw me review a restaurant that was on that list AFTER that date, it definitely wasn't me who wrote the blurb on The Best Of Issue.

So how close did everyone get?

lonegungirl got 9/10

Alex got 8/10

Nadia got 4/10

Melissa X got 9/10

Melissa got 7/10

UPDATE (Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 a.m.):  The only one to attempt another guess since my last update was Alex, who inches ever closer to victory.  But even he hasn't gotten 10/10 yet.  So everyone (including Alex): give it another shot.  Click here for another hint.  

I hope by tomorrow I can give this gift certificate away already!

UPDATE (Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m.):  Congratulations to Thatguy542, who was the first to get 10/10 and therefore is the WINNER of a $10 McCormick and Schmick's Gift Certificate!

Here's the full list of entries that I wrote, in case you are curious. 

The Counter
Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
Jerry's Dogs
Crow Bar and Kitchen
Go Goo Ryeo
Mitsuwa Food Court
Break of Dawn
Asia Buffet
California Fish Grill
Mastro's Ocean Club
Slidebar Cafe
Franco's Pasta Cucina
Blake's Place
Lizarran Tapas
House of Kabob
Kappo Sui
Flavio's Italian Kitchen
Magic Wok
Champion Food Co.
Japonaise Bakery & Cafe
Beard Papa's

Well, it's been fun!  Thanks for all who participated in my silly game!

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