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Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003 - File 021. 2003-04-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/17058/show/17049.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 20 APRIL 4, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE VLIA*'?V&\\ HOUSE got sushi ? try our fresh sushi and healthy grilled fish 2241 Richmond Ave 713-529-3100 (between Kirby Dr and Greenbriar Dr) SCHMERLER AGENCY Great Car Insurance! 713.661.7700 For Auto, Home, Renters Life, Health, Business Insurance and much more. 6575 W. Loop South, Ste. 185 Bellaire, TX 77401 www. SchmerlerAgency.com dining ja chapman House hosts a restaurant that excels at its title offering and more Thelma's does BBQ right THELMA'S BAR-B-QUE HAS BEEN GET- ting quite a bit of press lately From a profile on PBS in January to glowing reviews in publications all across the country, it's the latest darling of barbecue cognoscenti and foodies. So I figured I should head over to the little red-trimmed house in the sketchy Third Ward neighborhood and see what the fuss was all about. My first visit was at lunchtime. Thelma's sign isn't real big, but I knew I was in the right place because the house was surrounded by cars. I had to park way up the street, and the intoxicating smell of barbecue smoke filled the air as I walked back toward the screened porch that proved to be the entrance. "Keep the door closed!" someone hollered from behind the counter. I obediently complied, got in line, and took a look around the joint. Thelma's was packed with a mix of downtown workers and folks from around the neighborhood. The dining room is small, holding about 12 tables of different types and sizes. A jukebox dominates the back wall, and the relish bar and a table with water and tea flank the door. With this many people, it's a challenge to get around. But the crowd is friendly Eating well will do that to people. IT'S A PRETTY BASIC SETUP. YOU order, pay, and get your number. Someone comes out from the kitchen carrying Styrofoam containers and calls out numbers to deliver the food. Since this was my first visit, I figured I should try the sliced beef brisket. I ordered a one meat dinner ($6.75), which meant I got the sliced beef and two sides. I settled on cole slaw and potato salad. Contrary to what I'd been hearing, the service was pretty quick. I had to wait about 10 minutes at peak lunch hour for my food. And what a pile of food it was! A mountain of sliced brisket swam in a tangy-sweet vinegar-based barbecue sauce. Two huge scoops of cole slaw and potato salad filled the other two sections in the box. A little plastic baggy of thick sliced white bread came on the side. I could hardly wait to dig in. After one bite, I could see why people were raving. Smoky, and oh-so-tender, the brisket practically melted in my mouth. The occasional charred outside piece provided a nice crispy contrast. If I had one complaint, it would be that there was too much sauce. I kept trying to brush it off to better taste the meat. Perhaps I'll order it on the side next time. The side dishes held their own. The potato salad was mustardy and smooth, while the cole slaw was crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness. I'd ordered iced tea as well, which they warned me was already sweetened. They were right - it was sweet and lemony, tak- Thelma's BarB-Que 1020 Live Oak Houston, Texas 77003 (713) 228-2262 ing me back to those warm summer days when I was a kid. It seemed like just the right drink with Thelma's barbecue. MY NEXT VISIT WAS A FRIDAY NIGHT for dinner. Tf the neighborhood feels questionable during the day, it's a bit more so at night. We didn't worry about safety, though, as there were four police cars parked out front. I've always maintained that cop cars outside mean good, reasonably priced food inside, so we decided this was an exceptionally good sign. This time I wanted to try the chicken and my friend wanted to try the ribs. Unfortunately, at 7:45 p.m. on a Friday, they were both gone. Lesson: go at lunch, or get there early for dinner if you want your choice off the menu. We both decided to try the catfish dinner ($6.95). The restaurant was busy, but not packed, with a slightly different crowd than at lunchtime. There were two tables of police, a couple of families and some college-age friends out for dinner. We had plenty of opportunity to study the clientele, as our two catfish dinners took 45 minutes to arrive. The catfish was worth the wait. Cornmeal breaded, crunchy on the outside and steaming hot and tender on the inside, it was a joy to eat. This is how fried catfish should taste. I can't say as much for the sides this time, though. My friend enjoyed the ripple-cut fries, but my green beans and dirty rice were rather average. But with three huge catfish fillets to devour, it wasn't like we went hungry. Thelma's is a friendly, down home kind of place, where Thelma herself makes the rounds in the dining room, making sure everyone is happy. The next time you're in the mood for barbecue, go pay Thelma a visit. You're in for a treat. am*. Thelma's Bar-B-Que IlL) 1020 Live Oak ^■^ Houston, TX 77003 713-228-2262 Food: MM MM Service: MM mim Value: MMMM Scene: MM Ml »■= Stay home and eat cereal MM= Well, if you really must M M M = Fine for all but the finnicky M M M M=Worth more than a 20-minute drive MMMMM=As good as you'll find in this city
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