• September 2014

Brunch at Indigo Landing—A Taste of Paradise in DC

Do you want to have a great brunch this Sunday—and get some work done—while sitting at the edge of the Potomac River?

Sounds like a dream come true, right?

That’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit Indigo Landing at the Washington Sailing Marina. Scroll down for our review of this Great Spot to Work—when you work for yourself.

Inkandescent Spotlight is on: Indigo Landing

1. The atmosphere: There’s nothing quite as spectacular on a Sunday morning in Washington, DC, than a picture-window view of the city. From the area around the romantic wooden bar to the bright, open tables in the restaurant and outside patio, the monuments loom large as you enjoy this big, beautiful, buffet brunch.

2. The food: If you love buffets, this one is a dandy. Indigo Landing features updated Southern cuisine—ranging from Fried Calamari and Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip to Buttermilk Fried Flounder Sandwich and Broiled Crab Cakes. On Sundays, the chef fills serving plates with heaps of steamed shrimp, an abundance of eggs and bacon, fixings for salads, and delectable desserts. Plus, there’s an omelet station, waffle station, fresh fruit, a pastry tray, and a carving station with roast beef—and some gorgeous grilled salmon. It’s a bonanza. If you’re like me, however, and you eat small portions, then the brunch is overpriced. But as my 15-year-old son will tell you, “Mom doesn’t know how food works.” Given that, my guess is that most everyone else will enjoy these hefty brunch options.

3. The booze: Like every good brunch, Indigo Landing has a good mimosa. Not a fan of champagne? Opt for the Bloody Mary. And if you need to stay lucid, bottomless cups of coffee are part of the deal. But if you have a yen for something different, try one of Indigo’s signature cocktails—such as the Low Country Lemonade, made with strawberry purée, Fentimans Lemonade, and Absolut Citron. Not a bad way to celebrate Sunday—after you finish a few hours of work on your laptop.

4. The service: Friendly and professional. The barmaid, who like much of the staff has been at the restaurant for decades, will make your brunch a pleasant one. Want more shrimp from the buffet? Just ask!

5. The price: If you sit in the restaurant, the cost is $35/person. Not bad for what you get. But if you sit in the bar and work—like I did—it’s half the fee. That’s a bargain, given you can plug in and work for a couple of hours, drink unlimited cups of coffee, and chat with the bartender.

6. The extras: A wonderful local musician serenades guests in the dining room. So if you feel like dancing, by all means—step out! During my visit, a nearby mom picked up her young son and enchanted the rest of us with a lovely waltz. And, with the sailing marina just outside the wall-to-wall windows, after your brunch you can stroll over to the marina to book a boat and catch the breeze.

7. Why is this a great spot to work when you work for yourself? In our book, having a great view (especially when it’s of the water), a good meal with a little bubbly, and bottomless cups of coffee—while knocking out a few hours of work—is a spectacular way to spend a Sunday in DC.

Inkandescent rating: 3.5 boats, out of 4.

Want to learn more? Click here: www.indigolanding.com