Does the risk of witnessing amateur singers wearing head-swallowing sombreros and performing that group birthday serenade sound like a bit much? In other words, do you feel like getting your margarita on even if you're more in the mood for upscale seafood than a super chalupa? Then make your way to McCormick & Schmick's.

The bar exam: Does the risk of witnessing amateur singers wearing head-swallowing sombreros and performing that group birthday serenade sound like a bit much? In other words, do you feel like getting your margarita on even if you're more in the mood for upscale seafood than a super chalupa? Then make your way to McCormick & Schmick's.

Esta casa es su casa: It's dark and steakhousey in the Easton Town Center McCormick & Schmick's. I often enjoy hanging out there in the nonchalant yet handsome bar. It's a good place to thumb through their thick American cocktail menu - where each drink comes with a little history lesson and fruit juices squeezed through a metal press right in front of you by the ultra-professional, white-jacketed staff.

Tale of the cocktail: M&S offers several excellent margaritas, but I love the simply titled "Margarita Cocktail." For it, the juice of two limes is shaken with Cointreau, Sauza Gold and just a touch of simple syrup. Poured into a hefty rocks glass, the mightily refreshing lime-heavy drink has an edge of saltiness to it, and at only $6.50, is one of the best handmade margarita deals in town.

Margarita munchies: At the bar in the late afternoon and again in the late evening, M&S offers a revolving menu of stupid-cheap, high-quality happy hour food. So there might be Mahi-Mahi Cakes with a Thai peanut sauce or wonderful sheets of panko-battered Fried Zucchini. I especially like the Margarita Cocktail paired with the Chicken Etouffee. The drink's flood of bright lime cuts right through the dark, deep, complex, peppery and deliciously heavy soup (a bounteous bowl is sold for an amazingly low $4).