Tag Archives: Emma’s BBQ

South End Dining Options During Phase 2

by Phil Manzano


The coronavirus pandemic has roiled normal life, including the often-asked question, where do you want to eat?

The question is more pointed as American eating habits have shifted dramatically over the last 30 years, with households spending more on eating out than eating at home, according to a 2018 USDA study. Continue reading South End Dining Options During Phase 2

Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the third part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Emma’s BBQ has been treating southeast Seattle to the rich and oh-so-satisfying tastes and textures of traditional southern cooking—leaving no expectation unsatisfied—for three years, but the (secret) recipes were created in the actual South by “Momma Emma” Thomas a generation ago and have been passed down to current generations. Some menu items might be a little heart-healthier than they once were, says owner, Tess Thomas. “Through the years we may have tweaked a recipe,” says Tess, but the family gives all the credit to Momma Emma for the flavors of Emma’s BBQ. Continue reading Southern Matriarch’s Legacy of Food, Family, and Generosity Lives at Emma’s BBQ