Folks tend to disappear into their plates when they eat at THELMA'S KITCHEN
. Maybe Thelma Grundy's fried chicken -- salty and crispy in all the right ways -- reminds people of their childhood. Maybe the food is just so damn good that conversation seems pointless. Choose from a lip-smacking array of meat and vegetable dishes (collards and mac-n-cheese are particularly yummy) from the cafeteria-style steam table and grab a seat. Downtown office workers in suits comprise the bulk of the crowd during weekday lunches, but everyone should make the pilgrimage here at some point. It's an Atlanta classic.
768 Marietta St., 404-688-5855.