Magazine recognizes Chapel Hill diner

Posted November 2, 2009
Updated November 3, 2009

Southern Living named Mama Dip's Kitchen in Chapel Hill one of the best diners in the South its November issue.

According to the magazine, Mama Dip's is the second-best diner in the South, behind the Bel-Loc Diner in Baltimore.

Here is what Southern Living had to say:

Mildred Edna Cotton Council grew up watching her mother use the ‘dump cooking’ method that measures ingredients by sight and taste instead of by recipe. Luckily Mildred, also known as Mama Dip, wrote down her recipes. Otherwise, the family members who helped her open Mama Dip's Kitchen in 1976 near the University of North Carolina campus wouldn’t be able to make dishes such as Mildred’s succulent pork chops and fried chicken.


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  • BT Mom Nov 3, 2009

    Several years ago I ordered a sweet potato casserole from them for a work holiday party. A medium sized pan cost over $30 and it wasn't fit to eat. I've since found a great recipe for sweet potato casserole that does taste like down home cooking. Haven't been back there to eat or to order anything else and don't plan to.

  • TRON Nov 3, 2009

    I ate there the other day. Ordered a two piece dark for 10 dollars. chicken was burnt, greens were ok, biscuit was dry. Bojangeles is 10 times better and much cheaper. save your money and go elsewhere.

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 3, 2009

    i think it's overrated also. it all tasted a little processed for me and not true down home cooking.

  • Mom V Nov 3, 2009

    The food there is good. A little expensive but still good. I however do not go there because of the service. The wait staff is mostly family memebers that act like they are doing you a favor by refilling your drinks. I have given it several chances thinking maybe they were just having a bad night, but no, they have been rude every time. On top of that, I went with my 2 year old and since they do not offer a childs meal, I asked for an extra plate so that he could just eat off my meal. When the bill came they had charged me a $3.00 "plate fee". I refuse to spend money in places that treat customers like they are bothering them.