I was visiting Roanoke for a work trip and wanted a good place for brunch before heading out. I checked on Yelp and saw great reviews for Thelma's Chicken & Waffles. I wasn't disappointed.
The reception area is pretty large and cavernous feeling which is strange for a restaurant. The fact that the area had no hostess added to the feeling. However, as soon as I walked through the door an employee stuck their head around the corner to greet me. She led me to my table and asked if this was my first visit. I told her it was and she welcomed me and said that I was considered family and would be treated that way (fortunately, that was a good thing).
My server was very friendly (called me sweetie several times) and attentive. I had read good things about the waffles and chicken so decided to go with their namesake. Definitely, a good call. The chicken (wingettes are what I ordered) were well seasoned and fried crispy. The waffle was crunchy and fluffy (not always easy to do) and flavorful. Fried potatoes came on the side.
I was offered sweet tea but ordered coffee instead. The coffee was umimpressive - typical diner fare. My bill - under $14 for one person and I was stuffed. Side note - Thelma's is located in a sweet location downtown - right near the Farmers Market. There was a festival underway at the time of my visit. I walked out of the restaurant and checked out a few vendors on the way back to my car. I was surprised that I was actually disappointed to be leaving without more time to explore. I wasn't expecting that at all from Roanoke. If you're in the area, check out Thelma's. You won't be disappointed.