Sunday, July 19, 2015

Norman's Landing - Cumming Georgia - Peachtree Pky and Brannon Rd

You can find Norman's Landing at 365 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041 near Brannon Rd right off of Exit 13 from 400. This is the last bastion of decent eating in this rather restaurant desolate area (and yes, I know that there's tons of building going on so that description won't last for long). The restaurant is on the left as you head East from 400.





I've eaten at Norman's Landing several times and have always had good food and service. This is an interesting restaurant with all the feel of a restaurant you would typically see along a lake or seaside bay, only without the expansive patio view or smell of briny water. The interior is all exposed wood and rafters with water-sport artifacts on the walls or hanging from the ceiling. While it's a bit kitchy, that's quite OK as the food more than makes up for it.






I can see that this is a popular spot for locals - plenty of people at the bar enjoy libations even if this last time I visited (a sleepy, Sunday night) there were few at the dining room tables. I can imagine myself enjoying a beer or specialty cocktail here before dining, or even just hanging out and talking about fishing. I do miss the coastal bars I frequented while living closer to coastlines - this is about as good as it gets without actually being on water.



The menu has several items that looked interesting and has a simple approach - you can basically get just about any of the fresh catch broiled, fried or grilled (with some exceptions). You can also get steaks and chicken if you're along-for-the-ride and don't really like seafood. There's an assortment of appetizers and plenty of sides so you're certain to find something to satisfy you - I come here with some very picky eaters and haven't heard any complaints, which is rare indeed.



The previous times that I've dined here I had salads or something with few or no carbs, as I was doing more of an Adkins thing. This time I went for a seafood combination with scallops, shrimp and fish, all fried, with collard greens and sweet potato fries on the side.



Also at our table, was a crab-stuffed flounder accompanied by beets. I'm not a huge fan of beets, but the entree was quite good - the lemony piccata-like sauce included capers and was just dandy to enhance the flavors inside.



In all, the combination of ambiance, the great service and the good food put me in a reminiscent mood for the sea. Funny how that works - maybe it'll do the same for you?

-- John

(shorter version of this review also posted to Yelp)
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