Thelma’s Kitchen

Great down home southern cooking.

768 Marietta St.
Roxy Hotel
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-688-5855

Owner and cook: Thelma Grundy

Thelma Grundy has been cooking for 25 years. Born in Buena Vista, Georgia, Miss Thelma moved to Atlanta in 1946 and had career as a practical nurse for 14 years. Miss Thelma enjoyed cooking and recognized her talent as a great cook; so she left her career as a practical nurse, and opened her first restaurant on Bankhead Highway in 1981.

The restaurant grew in popularity and Miss Thelma decided to move the restaurant closer in to the city to Luckie Street. The restaurant moved to its present location on Marietta Street during the time of the Olympics in 1996. Thelma’s Kitchen is a family owned restaurant. Miss Thelma’s sons Joe, Carlos; and her daughter Marvelene work side by side with her in the restaurant.

Cook: Carlos Grundy

Carlos enjoys cooking and helping his mother, Miss Thelma, in the kitchen.


Miss Thelma prepared:

  • Broccoli Casserole
  • Pear Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Pie Crust

Carlos prepared:

  • Fried Chicken

Download a printable version of these recipes.


Brocolli Casserole

Sauté in 4 tbsp. margarine:

  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 onion, chopped

Stir peppers and onions into:

  • 1 pound chopped broccoli

Season with salt and pepper to taste, and pour vegetables into 8” square baking dish.

Melt 4 tbsp. margarine. Add 1 tbsp. flour and stir until flour is incorporated in margarine. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk, stirring until mixture thickens. Stir in ½ cup grated cheddar cheese. Pour sauce over vegetables, sprinkle with additional grated cheese, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until brown on the edges.


Friend Chicken

  • 1 3-4 pound chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • Soak the chicken in salted water for ½ hour. Drain when ready to cook.

Batter:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • poultry seasoning, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • paprika or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • garlic salt
  • all-purpose flour

Mix batter ingredients together, adding enough flour to make a loose batter.

Dip the chicken pieces into the batter, then coat in flour and put into hot fat, heated to 325°. The chicken pieces will take 10-15 minutes to cook through.


Pear Pie

  • Pastry for 2-crust pie.

Filling:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4-5 cups pears, peeled, cored and sliced

Line pie pan with crust. Combine filling ingredients and heap into pan. Cover with second crust, and pierce top to allow steam to escape. If desired, brush crust with beaten egg for a shiny finish. Bake at 350° until golden brown.


Pecan Pie

Pastry for 1-crust pie.

Filling:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • ¾ cup Karo syrup
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Line pie pan with crust and form decorative edge. Combine filling ingredients and pour into crust. Bake at 350° until golden brown.


Blueberry Pie

Pastry for 2-crust pie.

Filling:

  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg

Line pie pan with crust. Combine filling ingredients and heap into pan. Coverwith second crust, and pierce top to allow steam to escape. If desired, brush crust with beaten egg for a shiny finish. Bake at 350° until golden brown.


Pie Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

    - ½ cup shortening

milk or ice water Combine dry ingredients and cut in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add enough milk or ice water to make a dough that holds together.

Makes enough for a 2-crust pie.

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