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Has anyone else been to Indigo Landing?

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We had dinner last night at Indigo Landing, which is at the marina on Daingerfield Island. I'm posting this as a review, but I wanted to get the opinions of others who have been because I'm straddling the fence on whether or not to return.

We had a spectacular view of the Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks. The food wasn't bad, but the service was mediocre. They were out of a lot of stuff because they had some boating/sailing event earlier in the day, so they ran out of rib eye, prime rib, and bottled still water. It seemed busy, and we had to wait a while for our starters, during which we witnessed another couple leave after waiting an inordinate amount of time for their salads.

We ordered a starter that consisted of kettle-cooked potato chips and a cheese "fondue", which looked and tasted like nacho cheese out of a can. I also had the lobster bisque, which was somewhat flavorful but had the consistency of prepared "cream of" soup from a can (slightly gelatinous). My husband and mother-in-law ordered salads, which they seemed to like (my MIL actually recommended her spinach salad to me for "next time", which had goat cheese, almonds, mushrooms, and a raspberry vinaigrette). For mains, I ordered the crab cake duet, and they both ordered the NY Strip (after being told they were out of the Rib Eye - it was either the strip or the Porterhouse) with gratin potatoes. I love crab cakes, and these were quite good, although I could've done without the rice they served with it, and I had to ask for more remoulade sauce (it only came with a few dribbles on the plate for two big crab cakes). Hubby's and MIL's steaks were good - they ordered medium, and they got medium - plus they raved about the potatoes.

As things started winding down, the service got better. Our waiter seemed to be buzzing around like crazy the whole time, but he was very nice and tried to be as accommodating as possible (he even went to the vending machine outside to get a bottle of Evian for my MIL). As we left, I went into the ladies room to find that it was a messy as the restroom at a movieplex - very disgusting. Otherwise, not a bad experience.

So, as I mentioned at the beginning, I want to know your opinions - should I go back? Do you think this was a one-off mediocre experience, or have you had similar experiences? We've definitely found a good place to view fireworks, at the very least!

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  1. I haven't been, but I do know that they *just* reopened after a long closure. They were closed from Aug/Sep until maybe a few weeks ago (Mar. 20? I think?). And I believe that they "adjusted" the menu during that time... so it might be safe to say that while they are a restaurant that has been around for some time (in some form), they are still working out the kinks.