Across From Rialto, so Convenient; Not Great, But OK Food and Service
Visited the Landmark's downtown location across from the Rialto Theater for dinner before a performance. The bottom line is this is a good place if you want simple food fast without having to venture away from the theater. The food is mediocre in quality, not awful, but certainly not great. Prices are high for the quality and quantity of the food served, though. I was disappointed that many of the dishes listed in Landmark's Web site menu were not available at the downtown site. This spot has only the more simple (read cheaper to prepare) dishes. For example, the Eggplant Parmigiana is not available, nor the Shrimp Salad sandwich. The menu here contains maybe 50% of the dishes advertised. I settled upon the Grilled Cheese sandwich. For $8.95, you get two thin pieces of American Cheese on toast, which melted down to almost only a toast sandwich. I asked for coleslaw instead of fries and it was fairly good. Others in our group had the vegetable platter - overcooked with no flavor, hamburgers and soy burgers - pretty good. Fries are ok also. If you have the type of expectations you would have for Waffle House, you won't be disappointed. The prices are way higher than WF, and the food is no better, but not so bad for a restaurant directly across from your ultimate destination, and open 24 hours at that. My impression is they understand who their target audience is, and price accordingly. In other words, they know they can get away with just ok quality food at high prices because of the convenience factor. Overall we were satisfied with our dining experience, but you would go back only when at the Rialto for a late performance. The greeter was very friendly; the waitress was friendly enough, but rarely came back to the table. You have to ask for drink refills, but all in all, not too bad, just not great service. The atmosphere is low diner. For example, there is a hand-lettered sign over the fountain which reads ""WE CHARGE FOR ADDITIONAL TEABAGS.""