Restaurants in Chapel Hill, NC

Thanks to the presence of the University of North Carolina, dining options in Chapel Hill are profuse. Hundreds of restaurants beckon: Asian, European, African, South American and Central American. Most people who spend any time in this lively city will tell you about Mama Dip’s, a pioneering soul food restaurant founded by Mildred Council in 1976. Ms. Council (Mama Dip) has passed away, but the welcoming cafe still is run by her descendants, who carry on her mission to celebrate true country cooking with a menu that offers family-style dining and features such tried-and-true dishes as fried chicken, BBQ & Brunswick stew, whole fried catfish, and a long list of vegetable side dishes. Roadfood travelers long ago learned to put Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen on their itinerary if they were anywhere near Chapel Hill. This pint-size place is barely more than a kitchen. There’s no seating at all. Service is drive-through and parking is minimal. But oh, those biscuits! They’re definitive: big and fluffy with real buttermilk tang — just what one wants sandwiching country ham, streak o’ lean, pork tenderloin, or fried chicken.

Chapel Hill’s Most Famous Dishes

A plate-size slice of country ham is bathed in caramel-colored red-eye gravy

Country Ham

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit

Biscuits

A bowl of soft-cooked collard greens shows bits of pork

Collard Greens

Crusty gold fried chicken is sandwiched by a buttermilk biscuit

Fried Chicken Biscuit

Chapel Hill’s Best Restaurants

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