First you should know, Thelma doesn't suffer fools (or the indecisive) gladly. Stories are legion about her impatience and you generally hear two or three tales while you're standing in line for Thelma's smoky ribs. Thelma's sauce is sweet; her tea even sweeter. And while Thelma's barbecue brisket has been spotlighted by PBS, the Food Network and the Travel Network, many of her legions of fans come strictly for her crisply fried, flavorful fish and fries. Update: A fire in February 2009 destroyed Thelma's original spot. It was reopened on Southmore in April of 2009.
Vibe: From friendly to fearful, depending on Thelma's mood.