Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thelma's in Houston
So, I'm walking along the long aisles at Quilt Market trying to digest all the new fabric that is coming out this season when my cell phone rings.
"Shawn! We're on our way to Thelma's to have lunch, ya wanna join us? It's just a few blocks from where you are!"
"Sure!" I said, "I'll meet you outside of Door C!"
And within minutes, we were pulling up to the curb across the street from Thelma's Bar-B-Que.... a few short blocks south of the George R. Brown Convention center at 1020 Live Oak.
"This is a restaurant?" I asked. "Are ya sure?"
I didn't see any signs indicating it was nor did I see any signs of people. It looked as though it was deserted.
"Sure it is! I've eaten here lots of times before!"
I slowly opened up the screen door and the three of us walked inside. The bright autumn daylight blinded my eyes for a moment before adjusting to the darkened diner. It was anything but deserted. Families with small children. Couples and friends and people eating alone. All laughing and talking and eating... looking up on occasion to watch the TV that hung in the corner. I followed my eyes to the outline of the interior paint which the painter had painted the walls around the TV.
This is what I love about the South. Finding wonderful little neighborhood dives and then opening the door, walking inside and wrapping your heart around the magic of it all.
If you happen upon downtown Houston, do yourself a favor and drop into this lovely place... where the food is not only delicious, but you walk away feeling the love.
Truly a magical place.
Pictured above: Velma and Thelma.
Posted by doodlegirl at 9:48 PM