Chapel Hill, N.C. — For a taste of childhood in the South, look no further than the banana pudding at Mama Dip’s.
“This is one of our most popular dishes,” says Annette Council, daughter of Mildred “Mama Dip” Council. “We grew up eating it.”
And the sweet Southern treat has been on the menu since the restaurant opened 41 years ago.
While some patrons like to order it with ice cream, Annette says, in her opinion, there’s no better way to eat it than warm. “You can’t go wrong with it,” she says. What makes the dish so special is not so much the sum of its parts – the pudding, Nilla wafers and banana slices – but the love it was made with, the passion Mama Dip has for cooking.
It was a special Sunday treat served for Annette and her seven siblings after church. She pulled out an old photo taken by the late Chapel Hill photographer, journalist and editor Roland Giduz that depicts her and her siblings dressed in their Sunday best.
“These are the people who ate the banana pudding, right there,” she says.
A bowl of banana pudding is $3.95.
This story originally appeared in Chapel Hill Magazine.
Mama Dip’s will be one of the participants at the Regional Grand Taste Experience on Saturday, April 22. You can view the full TASTE schedule and purchase tickets for events by visiting the event website. WRAL Out and About is a sponsor of Taste 2017.