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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on January 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

Dining Review: Indigo Landing on the Potomac

Sitting on the Virginia banks of the Potomac River, within sight of National Airport is Indigo Landing Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia.  It’s a great out-of-the-way oasis form the hustle of Washington, DC. 

View from Indigo Landing Alexandria VirginiaPerfect for an afternoon cocktail or lunch overlooking the water, Indigo Landing offers a relaxing bar atmosphere, an airy feeling restaurant with modern decor, and attentive service. 

The restaurant sits on a piece of land that offers views of planes landing and departing Reagan National Airport, the US Capitol and the Washington Monument in the distance and in the warmer months, sailboats from next door Washington Sailing Marina cutting across the water.

I recently had afternoon drinks and appetizers at Indigo Landing on a Saturday afternoon and the setting is delightful for a relaxing afternoon, brunch or dinner.  The bar overlooks the water and the dining room is open and airy with picturesque views.  Seating is a combination of traditional tables and near the bar, club house style seating. The U shaped bar is open and offers only one television, so it’s not the typical distraction found in many restaurant bars.

In the warmer months, you can dine or have a cocktail outside on their huge wrap around patio.  They also open the windows in the summer (before the heat of August drives people indoors) giving the place an even more open feeling.

This season is also, as told to me by the bartender, the first year the restaurant, recently under new management, has been open during the winter months.  So the place is relatively empty if you want a quiet setting before the warm weather brings out the masses or some privacy around the fire place off the bar with its comfortable sofas.

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Their light and crispy cornmeal dusted Calamari appetizer ($8.99) was perfectly fried and served with two dipping sauces, one a flavor filled hot and peppery sauce, the other, a delicious tangy lemon pepper aioli.

The classic iceberg wedge lettuce salad ($6.99) included shaved sweet onions, a few cherry tomatoes, and pieces of Maytag blue cheese in the salad dressing which was fresh and very nice.

Based on how good the Calamari was, I was tempted to sample the jumbo gulf shrimp Tempura  served with ginger pickled red onion and citrus teriyaki sauce ($9.99), but was full from the two appetizers I tried.

Bar area Indigo Landing Alexandria VirginiaThe lunch menu at Indigo Landing is mostly upscale sandwiches, including their signature grilled lamb burger ($12.99) served atop grilled garlic flatbread with spinach, tomato and cucumbers.  For something different and rather filling, try the fried tilapia fish Po Boy with Southern slaw; it’s very popular.

On my next visit at dinner time, the crispy fried Thai red snapper with coconut jasmine rice ($27.99) and the beef short ribs with sweet potato purée, and balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts ($25.99) are on my list to try.

Sundays, they offer an ample Sunday Brunch buffet for $30.00 that includes a carving station with hickory smoked roast beef and pork loin as well as other stations that offer smoked chicken sausage, bacon, two styles of potatoes, plus the classic Southern grits.

French style pastries, mini-scones, muffins, bagels and croissants are offered with with fresh berries and seasonal fruits and veggies, a waffle and omelet bar, which offers lump crabmeat to add to your personal creation.  Gourmet cheeses, smoked salmon and salad makings make up another station.  And end your brunch with homemade desserts.

The restaurant offers live jazz music on some Sundays during brunch and during the the summer on Wednesday evenings.

They offer a nice selection of wines, including 10 by the glass, a half dozen half bottles, and even a Viognier from Virginia.  The bar has a half dozen beers on draft and more in bottles.

 Indigo Landings also offers nightly specials such as 50% off appetizers at the bar during happy hour on Mondays, and half-priced bottles of wine in the dining room on Tuesday evenings.

For some great views and good food to go with it, try sailing over to Indigo Landing at the Washington Sailing Marina on the Potomac. 

Indigo Landing Restaurant
One Marina Drive, just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Alexandria, Virginia  22314  (map it)

Hours - Monday – Saturday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday – 10:00 – 9:00, brunch served until 2:30.

Reservations – Recommended for dinner and Sunday brunch

Nearest Metro Subway StationBraddock Road, Blue and Yellow lines, then a 2-mile cab ride.

Parking – Free parking on the premises, with complimentary valet available Friday and Saturday nights.

Images – from personal collection   ©2009, Jon Rochetti

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