Maybe fame and fortune have caused Thelma to cut corners at her new
location in the Third Ward (her original location, hugging the
eastern edge of downtown, burned down). The barbecue isn't the same
as it used to be. The sauce has the thick texture of a commercial
variety, and the brisket is strangely firm, lacking the telltale pink
ribbon on the outer perimeter indicating hours in the smoky pit.
Nevertheless, the place packs 'em in. Along with brisket, you'll find
sausage, pork chops and fish. Homemade sides include yams, okra,
cabbage, dirty rice, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad.