The OGs and Longhorns around Columbia SC have always been very good
Darden bought the Longhorn chain not too long ago. I actually enjoy going there now. I, too, swore off Red Lobster years ago but my mom wanted to go last week so we went. I have to admit the food was pretty good and the service was excellent.
The place was packed and our food came in a timely manner. One reason I didn't mind going to this Red Lobster in Melbourne, FL when my mom asked me to is that it is ALWAYS packed. Folks are always waiting outside when I drive by. I figured the place must be pretty decent if it always has a line.