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Back of the House: McCormick & Schmick's 

At long last, St. Louis gets a McCormick & Schmick's. Was it worth the wait? Go into the kitchen of the West County restaurant and read Ian Froeb's review. All photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Though part of a new expansion of West County Center, which includes another national chain restaurant, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, McCormick & Schmick's corporate template conveys an old-school, clubby ambiance.
The stove-top cookin' at McCormick & Schmick's.
The active kitchen with (from left to right) Tello Carreon, line cook, Derek Holthouse, line cook and Operations Chef, Henry Watson.
On left, Derek Holthouse with operations chef (on right) Henry Watson.
P.E.I. black mussels with clams. steamed with garlic, tomatoes, basil and white wine.
Seafood and tomato risotto with mako shark, mussels, shrimp, bay scallops and artichokes.
A fresh shipment of soft shell crabs arrives from Boston via Bob’s Seafood.
A live soft shell crabs poses before its inevitable demise.
Soft shell crab.
Grilled Atlantic salmon with tomatoes and wilted spinach, that day's chef’s special.
Mmm... bacon.
Line cook Tello Carreon.
Mussels served with the extra bowl for the shells.
Flash-fried calamari is served with a trio of dipping sauces.
The chocolate bag served with mixed berries and white chocolate mousse.
The interior of McCormick & Schmick's.
The bar at McCormick & Schmick's.
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Though part of a new expansion of West County Center, which includes another national chain restaurant, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, McCormick & Schmick's corporate template conveys an old-school, clubby ambiance.
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