After a couple of days snowbound by the 2014 Snowpocalypse, I had an afternoon meeting in the Georgia Pacific building in Five Points. Arriving about an hour before it was scheduled to start, I wandered the nearby blocks (avoiding icy spots and residual snow piles) looking for a lunch spot. It was then that I saw the Landmark Diner, right across the street from the Rialto Theatre, at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie Streets. I had seen this place before, driving through, but as parking all around is in pay lots and it didn’t seem like a lunch I’d be willing to pay to park to eat. As I was already in the neighborhood, now was the time. Walking in, I was seated near the far side of the restaurant from the door and saw that the place was populated with families, GSU students and office workers from nearby. The menu was standard diner fare – which basically means multiple pages of multiple kinds of foods – so I decided to go with one of the daily specials. The specials are served with a cup of soup,chicken noodle, for me. Tasted like Campbell’s which is fine, but it didn’t bode well. And then my entree arrivedan open faced turkey sandwich with beige gravy, with mashed potatoes and brown gravy and a plastic cup of cranberry sauce. It doesn’t look particularly good, does it? It wasn’t awful, but it also wasn’t anything, taste-wise, to write home about. Bland would be an apt description.
When I was looking on-line to write this blog post, I was shocked to find that they are part of a five location chain. I’m amazed that one of them would have been so successful to inspire them to open a second location, much less numbers three through five. At least the lunch special wasn’t overly expensive, but there are plenty of better places to spend your money downtown.