Memorable | One of the Best
Dip’s Country Kitchen
Review by: Michael Stern
“Mama Dip” is Mildred Council, founder/owner/chef at Chapel Hill’s beloved soul-food restaurant. Ms. Council, nicknamed “Dip” by her siblings because she was such a tall kid, wrote “Mama Dip’s Kitchen” in 1999; it is a valuable cookbook that includes many of the recipes she has used in her restaurant.
A few years ago, Mama Dip moved to spacious new quarters with a rustic theme – vintage kitchen implements decorate the wood-paneled walls. You can dine inside or on a broad porch outfitted not only with tables but with a row of rocking chairs for after-meal relaxing. Three meals a day are served, and while lunch and dinner offer great southern classics – fried chicken, chitlins, Brunswick stew – we love to start the day with eggs, pork chops, and gravy, sided by biscuits and grits. Other hearty wake-up meals include salmon cakes, brawny country ham, and blueberry pancakes.
Later in the day, what we love most about Dip’s meals, aside from the lumpy, crunchy, brightly salty crust of the fried chicken, are the vegetables. The daily list includes long-cooked greens, blackeyed peas, crunchy nuggets of fried okra, mashed potatoes and gravy, porky string beans, okra stew with tomatoes, corn-dotted cole slaw, always a sumptuous vegetable casserole, and cool sweet-potato salad. For mopping and dipping, there are buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, and yeast rolls.
All kinds of pies are available for dessert, as is yummy banana pudding, but the one sweet that wowed us the most was a simple yellow layer cake with chocolate frosting. The cake was soft and full-flavored, its abundant frosting a dandy fudgy foil.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|