Marsh Landing is one of those local restaurants that you hear about for ages from everyone in your town and you anxiously await trying it for the first time. That was how it was for me at least. When my Vero Beach Garden Club decided to take a road trip and stop for lunch in Fellsmere, Florida, I was pumped.
Dining at Fellsmere’s Marsh Landing
My Garden Club arrived at Marsh Landing, situated on a wide country street in the heart of a very small town, in a part of Florida you would not recognize. Though there are occasional palm trees, this is the middle of the country, and even the air smells fresher. We were ushered in, nearly twenty of us, and given our own room, the banquet room, which seats 80, since they were not very busy.
The waitress took our orders and brought me delicious sweet tea, served in what was only fitting, Mason jars. We browsed the menu and everyone ordered a variety of dishes; I was the only first-timer to the restaurant.
Inside, Marsh Landing’s decor is rustic and charming. I suppose they could seat hundreds of guests. Good thing because many bus trips come here for meals. Mounted animal heads and antlers adorn the walls, a turn off for me, but it worked for this space.
Starters and Main Dishes
I started my lunch with a cup of their signature item, Swamp Cabbage Soup. Since the price was $5.95 for a cup, I really expected something fantastic. The musty looking broth had an occasional piece of palm and noodle and left a lot to be desired. For those unfamiliar with swamp cabbage, it is referred to as hearts of Sabal palm at many Florida or Southern eateries.
Next came the meals, which took about an hour to prepare, even though the restaurant had only a handful of customers, and the plates were loaded with fresh cooked country foods. Marsh Landing is a place for country cooking such as catfish, quail, gator tail, frog legs, fried oysters, liver & onions, and country fried steak. They also have fresh fish and shrimp, ribs, burgers, and sandwiches, but they subscribe to the uncommon, which is nice for a change.
A Wide Array of Choices
I ordered the Vegetable Platter, though most of my choices would hardly constitute vegetables, but they were listed on the menu that way. The Vegetable Platter came with your choice of four country sides and was priced at $6.95, quite a bargain. The choices were Grilled Broccoli, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Green Beans, Carrots, Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, Rice, Baked or Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Fried Okra, Grits, Applesauce, French Fries, Hush Puppies, and Sliced Tomatoes. Certainly a great list to choose from.
The items I chose were good, but not over the top great, which I expected. The food temperature was barely warm for the most part. The macaroni & cheese was creamy and the broccoli was grilled perfectly. The ladies around me seemed to love their food, though a few had to get theirs to go since it took so long for our food to arrive. Our Garden Club was at the restaurant over two hours and had only one server for twenty ladies.
Overall, visiting Marsh Landing was decent, not overly flavorful nor great service. I did like the atmosphere, town, and large choice of dishes they offered. On Thursday evenings at 6:30, Marsh Landing features live bluegrass music. I hear it is exceptional.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest): 5 1/2
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