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Apr 18, 2006 10:16 AM

Indigo Landing?

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Has anyone been yet? Reports? Opinions? Heard anything? I love Charleston, and I'd love to get some good low country food around here.

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  1. I have not been there yet nor have I heard from anyone who has. But for good low country food, try Georgia Browns in DC

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    1. re: BBH

      My experience at Indigo Landing was horrible. I cannot afford to be a foodie, but once and awhile like to treat myself to a nice restaurant. Indigo Landing has a great atmosphere, but was a terrible dining experience. One of my dining companions does not eat pork and found the menu very limiting. We waited a good hour for our food and then I spent the remainder of my evening sick.

      I hope if you do go you have a much better experience.

      1. re: Sara

        Yeah, real reliable report. Companion doesn't eat pork and you expect a place that serves Lowcountry to meet your needs. And you were sick. You didn't enjoy yourself but it doesn't sound like the restaurant is to blame any for that.

        1. re: larrimore

          Exactly.... You don't go to a seafood restaurant if you are allergic to shellfish... its a bad idea because probably the kitchen is coated in some traces of shellfish..

          What Im trying to say is that everyone knows this restuarant is all about contemporary low country better expect pork fat baby!

          Also... It's a new group of managers and chefs working with fry cooks from the past restaurant in that location.. try it again in 5 months and see if they've improved.. every restaurant starts out not exactly how they want.. I can't wait to visit when I fly in to DC sometime next year..

    2. My family and I went to Indigo Landing looking forward to an impressive view and some tasty shrimp and grits.
      We got the great views, but the food definitely fell short.

      The host and hostess were welcoming and seated us quickly at an indoor table. The dining experience began to decline from there.

      We ordered a bottle of wine and 2 starters - fried green tomatoes and crab cakes. The crab cake was delicious; it was chockful of fresh crab and bursting with flavor. The fried green tomatoes had a nice batter/coating, but lacked seasoning - the tomatoes were disappointing.

      We enjoyed the house bread basket that included ham breadsticks, mini jalepeno cornbread muffins and some kind of biscuit/flatbread concoction. The latter two were delicious and were quickly finished off by our table.

      We ordered 2 main courses: the trout with collard greens and shrimp and grits. The trout was completely forgettable. The greens were fine. The shrimp and grits looked so promising, but the shrimp were actually hard on the surface. They must have been cooked well initially, but the shrimp were either kept under a heat lamp or in a warming oven that caused the tops of the shrimp to dry out. The tough shrimp surface was a disappointment. The grits were good, but isn't anything with creme? We also had a side of foie gras hush was interesting idea, but didn't play out well in execution.

      The service was severely lacking - the server spilled the salt shaker on my mother when he served the main course. He didn't even apologize! We had to ask him two times for a bread basket. Our server must have been in a rush because before we finished our starters, he was already asking us for our main course orders.

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      1. re: corcoran

        Where is this place?

      2. I've had the same experience with very poor service. I was at the bar and ordered two glasses of Semillon (after a long wait). The bartender came over with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. I then had to point to the menu to get him to understand me. Then he disappeared again. Then he came back and told me they were out of the Semillon.

        A large (15-ish) group of us were sitting in the lounge area drinking and eating starters. The server was doing well to try to keep up with us. But after the finished plates were sitting in front of us for 30 mins, they came over and bussed one table, but not the other table. We finally had to ask for them to clear away all the dishes.

        As it got darker, I asked the maitre d' if he could bring the lights up in our area. He said sure, then seemed to fuss at it for 10 minutes, then disappeared with no results, and no mention to me that he couldn't figure it out. I went over to the hostess to ask again and she said he was working on it (from where I have no idea). Finally we asked our waiter and he did it in two seconds.

        I know I didn't mention the food, but really it was not worth mentioning. A very quirky menu to be sure, and the food drew mixed results from the crowd. But really the service is some of the worst I've seen.

        Great view though.

        My suggestion: grab a cocktail at the bar and watch the sunset, then dine elsewhere.

        1. Stick to Georgia Brown's. The menu is very limited regardless of what type food you prefer and the ambiance is lacking. The chicken was dry, the crab cakes were not good and the sides were mediocre. I feel like this restaurant is trying to be something it is not and I can't say that I like it. Save yourself the time and money and go elsewhere.

          1. It seems Indigo is better for lunch. We ate outside with the heat and the jets! It has been nicely spruced up and it is a very comfortable, elegant setting. The restaurant has been re-done in shades of green and brown. The service was outstanding and the food was good.

            I had shrimp and grits, one of my favorite low country foods. It was
            enhanced by bacon, leeks, mushrooms and sage jus. Charleston has better and uses tasso ham to a better turn, but this one wasn't bad. I believe some of my reaction to the food was because of the heat. I am
            determined to try shrimp and grits inside in the A/C or outside when it cools off!

            The bread was biscuits, delicious biscuits, with soft butter and honey.
            The butter was about the size and shape of a jelly glass and had a small hole in the middle with honey in it. Very clever and easy to use.

            Our guest had iced tea and they gave her a small pitcher of simple sugar for it! Now, that was a very nice touch! She had country fried chicken and pronounced it very good. It came with buttermilk fingerling mash, spring vegetables, onion gravy

            My husband had a hamburger which was called Squeaky Clean Burger, house ground beef on a Potato Roll with Fries, and he called it

            I had a jasmine tea/lemonade drink which was unusual and pretty. I
            thought it good and refreshing.

            Recommend returning some lunch time and trying it again.