Last week, my husband and I had our date night at the Houston Town & Country location of McCormick & Schmick’s. It was partly to enjoy our time together, and partly to help review McCormick & Schmick’s Foursquare Happy Hour special as part of my involvement with Buzz Cooperative. (My husband doesn’t mind a few ulterior motives, as long as it involves good food!)
We decided to be seated for dinner, but I still wanted to find out what the Happy Hour special was all about. When I let the Foursquare app on my iPhone automatically detect my location, it came up with a nondescript listing for McCormick & Schmick’s. Even the Twitter update didn’t share much:
It also didn’t pull up the Foursquare special, which had been heavily advertised on McCormick & Schmick’s homepage and Facebook page:
We asked our server, but he wasn’t familiar with the special. He did call Operations Manager Brent Davis to our table, and he was incredibly gracious in chatting with us about the Foursquare offer. He explained that we needed to be seated at the bar in order to receive our free Bar Food Menu item, which makes sense. He then stood there with his own smartphone looking for the special, which I explained didn’t come up when I checked in. Turns out, at our location, we had to search for McCormick & Schmick’s to get the full list of area restaurants, and then choose our location, which was more specific than the previous nondescript listing, and DID have the Foursquare special offer attached.
The Operations Manager was glad to see all was working well, and shared that they haven’t yet seen a lot of traffic come through with this special. At least at his location (Town & Country) he said that they often (though not always, so don’t quote me) honor the deal even outside of Happy Hour, because the particular menu items are so easy to prepare.
After this brief chat, we ordered our meals – I had the BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp & Polenta, which was unlike any dish I’ve ever had. The shrimp made it fresh, the BBQ sauce made it tangy, the onion crisps and corn kernels added crunch, and the polenta gave it a sort of Southwest flair. Honestly? Delicious! As was the Chocolate Mint Creme Brulée we had for dessert. Our service was impeccable, the atmosphere was very relaxing. All around, a fantastic evening! I would highly recommend the Town & Country location of McCormick & Schmick’s to readers in the Houston area.
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*Disclosure: I received a $25 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick’s in order to help facilitate this review.