Thomas’ Promises

Meat-and-Three | Soul Food
One of the best

Dining at Thomas’ Promises is a rare experience. I don’t say that just because it is currently a pop-up operation, open only every other Sunday. It’s rare because it is so homespun — a three-generations family operation — and so downright delicious.

The menu is meat-and-two, the meats being chicken and pork chops that can be had fried, smothered, herb-baked, or grilled. Fried chicken comes encased in a crisp coat radiant with herbs: a masterpiece. Baked chicken is another herbed wonder, ridiculously tender and quite literally dripping flavor. For St. Patrick’s Day, the kitchen offered distinctive take on corned beef & cabbage in which shreds of briny beef and cabbage intertwined with carrots and potatoes in a swirly medley.

Vegetables include collard greens that are cooked with intensely flavorful smoked turkey rather than pork, earthy black-eyed peas, rice & gravy, string beans, sweet corn, and secret-recipe mac & cheese that is butter-rich and vividly cheesy. All meals come with a dinner roll or sweet cornbread muffin.

For dessert, layer cakes made by Aikenite Sherod Sockwell include citrus-bright Key lime and ethereal coconut.

The Thomas family, who cook, host, and wait tables in this industrious Sunday-supper enterprise, include Traci Thomas, the self-proclaimed “cook without a book,” chef Tia Thomas, and 14-year-old Nazyia Thomas, who diligently takes care of customers.

First responders, military service members, and people with a church bulletin get 10% off the cost of a meal.

If you plan on going, check the Facebook page of Traci Thomas to find out which Sunday Thomas’ Promises will be open and exactly where it will be serving. Most recently, starting in June, 2019, it is serving from the Disabled American Veterans hall at 2194 Columbia Highway N. in Aiken, SC.

What to Eat
Thomas’ Promises, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Crisp, enthusiastically spiced, dripping-moist fried chicken
Thomas’ Promises, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens get huge flavor from smoked turkey wings.
Thomas’ Promises, Smothered Pork Chop
Smothered Pork Chop
Smothered pork chop, rice & gravy, corn, muffin
Thomas’ Promises, Key Lime Cake
Key Lime Cake
Creamy Key lime cake, made by Sherod Sockwell
Thomas’ Promises, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac & cheese is a Platonic ideal
Thomas’ Promises, Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake
Angelic coconut cake is fallapart tender
Thomas’ Promises, Corned Beef & Cabbage
Corned Beef & Cabbage
St. Patrick's Day corned beef swirled with cabbage, carrots & potatoes
Thomas’ Promises, Ham
Glazed ham for Easter dinner
Thomas’ Promises, Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake
Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake
Sour cream lemon pound cake: tangy, tart, rich & sweet
Thomas’ Promises, Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
Bits of fruit thread through well-iced strawberry cake.
Thomas’ Promises, Baked Chicken
Baked Chicken
Herbed baked chicken is unspeakably tender and indescribably flavorful.
Thomas’ Promises, Fried Pork Chops
Fried Pork Chops
Pork chops are as pickupable as lollipops.
Thomas’ Promises, Corn Muffin
Corn Muffin
Crisp-edged sweet corn muffin
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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