Houston >Food & Dining > Thelma Bar B Que
3755 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700429.711787 -95.356000
Neighborhoods: South Central, MacGregor
I am glad that she is closed. Maybe she will get some lessons in customer service. You shouldn't have to pay your money, and be treated like you owe her something.
Great Bar-b-que! Love the Stuffed Baked Potato and the Fish Sandwiches.
Thelma's BBQ Attitude – My brothers took me to Thelma's for my Birthday and it started off very nice. When we first got there the line went real fast but the attitude of the owner Thelma is off the chain she is one of the meanest business owner I have ever known, the food was ok but none of that matters when she have a JACKED UP ATTITUDE! I will never ever go back and I will let my friends and family know not to ever go there again and beleive me they will not eat there.
Whiners stay home... – I read the reviews and knew without reservation that Thelma or her crew would not be rude to me. We walked into a place that was just as I expected. We waited in line with nice folks. We read the menu and signs during our short wait. One sign says no sevice if you are on your cell phone - amen! - and another says no sevice if your pants are sagging - double amen!! No extra bread for sale is clearly stated, too. In other words, order off the clear menu and be polite. This is not hard people! We did just what was expected of us and we received friendly service and amazingly good food. Our sandwiches were huge and priced right. The sliced beef was great, and loaded with sauce (deal with it!) and the catfish was crisp and delicious. Dirty rice was tasty, too. Thelma appears to appreciate your business and they serve great food. They expect their guests to have manners or dine elsewhere. Maybe this town would be better if more of us lived up to some basic expectations....
Good BBQ, GREAT catfish! – For those looking for an objective review....
As far as BBQ goes, Thelma's has several meats that are really good, such as the chicken and pork ribs. Brisket and sausage are average. If you don't like lots of sweet bbq sauce, this is not your place. Their potato salad (also on the sweet side) and their dirty rice are made from scratch and go great with her barbeque. It's not the best bbq in Houston, but the location is "unique", the people are real, and the prices are awesome cheap.
However, if you are looking for an outstanding fried catfish sandwich, you will be hard pressed to find a better one than the one that Thelma serves up. Imagine two filets of fried catfish on a hamburger bun that you can spread their homemade tartar sauce on. Delicious! Add pickles and jalapenos and you've got yourself a party!
As for Thelma's and the Thelmaette's "attitudes", I myself have been a "victim" of Thelma's scorn for NOT reading the sign, which was right in front of my face, about all credit card purchases must be at least $5 dollars. I was trying to buy a soda, and did not have the cash, so Thelma gave me the look, the lecture, and then she gave me my soda, for free. I kind of see her attitude as a tough mom, who seems to have no tolerance for foolishness or stupidity, but once she sees the apologetic look in your face, she softens up with her LOVE.
Eat the bbq, enjoy the catfish, and laugh at how she either gets mad at you, or even better, gets mad at the other pampered "adults" who forget to read as soon as they walk through her door.
It was just a Penny!!!! – My dad states he will not ever go in Thelma's again. Once he stopped to get him a bite to eat and needed "just a penny" and Thelma made him break a $10 bill just for a penny. I thought that was outrageous to say the least. I have heard countless of others tell me how rude she is. When you are dealing with the public and taking their money, you need to have some people skills and have a pleasant attitude in which she obviously does not have.
Thelma's Mouth Loses Another Customer – I don't care what race you are Thelma is rude as hell! I wouldn't go back and definitely wouldn't recommend to another human....don't care if she were giving those tough-ass ribs away for FREE. I'm a grown man and you have more rules posted on the wall then menu items! The place is a dump, the menu is hand written and it's no wonder why people can barely read it and the nerve of Thelma or Momma or Queen Niggatry to get an attitude that you aren't completely ready to order when you get to the ordering window of that roach motel. I'm black so this isn't a race issue. I'm telling you DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME GOING TO THIS DUMP. I hope the place burns down AGAIN and cancer crawls up her rude ass and kills her. TONIGHT.
My Take on Thelma's – I just went there on Friday, September 24th. I ordered the fish dinner with okra & green beens. This was my first time going to the new location. I was not familiar with the menu at the time I ordered. The lady that took my order did not seem rude to me, if she were impatient, she did not show it. I have heard of the rumors of them being rude to customers. My husband goes there quite often and he has also told me of some of the events he's witnissed. All of the signs in the place will kind of intimidate you. I guess I was lucky on the day I went, but I did not take a long time deciding. I will definitely go back. But I do think that any business should take into consideration ALL of their customers & their location. It's a busy & historic part of town, small on the inside & very fast paste. So if you get someone that come into your establishment, they may not be used to how things work in there.
Horrible and Rude – Catfish and BBQ plates are delicious . Unfortunately, you may get treated like crap. If you are not treated badly just sit and wait and the customer ahead of you or behind you will be treated horrible. Don't go. I went in 8/2010. We 2 times before about 3years ago. I do not go because of her rudeness of the workers and Thelma. It is unnecessary and makes for a bad dining experience. I will probably try her again in 10 years and I live in Houston. She has horrible people skills.
PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THEY WANT!!! – OK. First, You got to understand that when you go to Thelma's, it is full of peple going in and out. There is a way she does thing to make it easier for her and her staff. I don't know why people are bring up the race. The first time my family went to Thelma's, my hubby wented the ribs but she said that it will take awhile, so he just ordered the beef. We ate our very good food and as we were getting in our car, she came out side to give us a order of ribs FREE. NOW, WHO HAVE YOU EVER HAD THAT DONE TO THEM AT ANY OTHER PLACE??? WE LOVE THELMA'S. WE HAVE BEEN THERE ALL DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY. LUNCH TIME, SHE IS ALL BUSINESS. SHE KNOW THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY AND THATS WHY PEOPLE STILL GO. SLOW TIMES OF THE DAY, I HAVE SEEN SHE TAKE TO CUSTOMERS AND SHE IS VERY FRIENDLY.
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