Well; Pat and I have gotten a couple of good recommendations about this joint. We had planned on going last week. And then we decided on doing some shooting so we ended up on the other side of town. In the interim I gave what information I could to Urbanspoon so they could add it to their base. That is why I am not real happy about what I have to report.
The menu isn’t too big. Which is fine. They offer 3 different varieties of fried fish and the usual home-made sides. They do have specials; but we didn’t see the dry erase board until after we had ordered. Pat ordered a pork chop dinner. That came with 2 sides and corn bread for $ 9.
Well being the meat loaf groupie that I am that is what I ordered. A dinner with mac& cheese and greens. Again $9.
The meat loaf had a nice compaction but the flavor was hard to determine. The whole portion was covered with an excessive amount of gravy. I spent most of my thoughts while eating trying to figure out the where I might have tasted the gravy before. I realized that it tasted like TV dinner gravy. Sorry; but although it might be “tasty” it ain’t real cooking. As for the greens. OK but I am the kind of guy that thinks greens need more than a couple of hours cook time to be greens. The mac and cheese, well it was macaroni in canned cheese sauce. OK only in a pinch. So now we go to the cornbread. Better to call it a sweet corn cake, from a mix.
So all I can add is this joint,like all joints has potential. Give them a chance. Small business is the life blood of our country. Oh and if the chef is reading this you might wanna’ try more baking and less deep-frying. I know I am probably out of line, but as long as I used to do this stuff. The boy can’t help it.
On Shadeland Avenue,in the 900 block sits a free-standing building that houses Zelma’s.As I later learned the building is over 80 years old and has been the home for Zelma’s for more than 30 years.The place is in pretty good shape but it has seen better days.And the cooking has too I’m afraid.Zelma is 93 years old and doesn’t have the hands on as she did, back in the day.When we arrived there was one other customer;an elderly lady finishing her pie at the counter.So when she left we had the whole joint to our selves;and the full attention of the cook/server.The lady was 73 and was doing it all;cooking and covering the counter and the tables.She did have a dish washer that day;normally she wouldn’t.Chatting with her made this one of the most enjoyable lunches we have had.Pat had a grilled cheese with a side of sliced tomatoes and fries.I know, it is really kind of hard to screw that up.But that wasn’t why he ordered it he woke up with a “craving”.I tried their special.Meat loaf with 2 sides and roll and butter for $5.85.The meat loaf was home-made and was good;not spectacular;but good.To the cook’s credit she used ketchup sparingly before baking.The green beans were canned;which is totally acceptable at a diner;but they could have used more seasoning and more cook time.The mac and cheese was smooth and creamy and made by Gordon Food Services (GFS).It comes in a foil pan ,you pop it in the oven and bake,keep warm and serve.After lunch we ordered pie.Chocolate, peanut butter, cream pie to be exact.Can I hear a YUM?The pie was quite good even though it wasn’t 100% house made.Our server lamented that when Zelma was younger they made all their pies,totally from scratch.Crust,filling and meringue.Now they only make the filling.The younger lady that they have doing the baking and the specials does what she can,but….Oh they also have cobbler that they make,but I didn’t think to ask how home-made they were.All in all it was a pleasant meal.What the food missed in originality was more than made up by the charm of the server/cook.Hearing her talk about her early life and her family was a treat.And the whole meal cost less than $16.Such a deal.