That pumpkin seed Mama Dip planted brought happiness and joy to her family and neighbors, and she realized that to have a good life, it needed to be ... More
Mama Dips Kitchen
That pumpkin seed Mama Dip planted brought happiness and joy to her family and neighbors, and she realized that to have a good life, it needed to be tended like that pumpkin seedac"tilled, fed, and harvested. And that's what she's tried to do ever since. Mildred Edna Cotton Council (aka Mama Dip) was born in Chatham County, North Carolina, to Ed Cotton and Effie Edwards Cotton. She was raised in Balwin Township where she started cooking at an early age. Mildred was the youngest of seven, and was dubbed "Dip" by her siblings because she was so tall and had such long arms that she could reach way down in the rain barrel to scoop up a big dipper full of water when the level was low. Mama Dip first learned to cook watching family members make meals by using the "dump cooking" method. Dump cooking means no recipes, just measure by eye, feel, taste, and testing. Mama Dip's first job was as a family cook in Chapel Hill. She then moved on to work at Carolina Coffee Shop, Kappa Sigma fraternity and St. Andrews Hall. In 1957 she worked with her mother-in-law in a tiny take-out restuarant where she began to hone her business skills. On a Sunday in November 1976 Mama Dip opened her own restuarant with $64, $40 dollars went toward food and $24 was used to make change. The morning's take was used to fund the lunch meal and lunch to fund the dinner. At the end of the day Mama Dip took home $135, and the rest is history.
This place had been on my “to do” list for about 2 years. I was so excited to finally eat there. The restaurant and restrooms were very clean and neat. The staff was pleasant but not really friendly. The pecan pancakes were delicious and I could not eat them all. They did not have children’s menu so my kids split a waffle that cost $6.95 and did not even come with a piece of meat. One child ordered chocolate milk and it was $3.50. For a glass of chocolate milk? What? Did they milk it fresh from a special cow? Our bill was $35.00 for 2 kids and 2 adults and one of us drank only water. A very expensive breakfast indeed!
Overall our experience was nice but too expensive for what we received. I would like to give them another try at lunch or dinner. I didn’t have the sweet tea which they are famous for so I have to go again.
My lovely wife introduced me to this place and I thought I'd gone to heaven...
Mama Dips is not a chain, so where do some of the other raters feel they can compare this to any other place? The portions are mighty fine, and actually what we need, we're not animals in a barn fattening up for death.
When dining here, I equate the experience to visiting an aunt or dear friend's home for supper (or whatever meal). We strike up a conversation with our server, we always do - wherever we go... We establish an interest in her and the place and the meal. That then permits the server to return with our food and display interest in us and our meal. Remember this is not a chain. The wait staff and servers here are not auditioned and trained to push the chain, they're here to serve you a nice meal.
I cannot say enough about finding a little southern place that doesn't have to force reservations and yet always has a good line, ...that moves.
Remember, if you want popeyes or fast food, there're plenty out there to pile it on your plate, smilin' because they got you back again and again. If you want a pleasant meal without cringing, then come back to mama dip's. She'll be happy to see you've returned.
- - Pete (and Kate) Enchelmayer, Chapel Hill, NC
p.s. shhhh. my wife advised me we want to go here for our anniversary this sunday!
Not enough food for the money. The service needed to be tweaked. I figured for the money I was paying I would have gotten do I need anything or how is the food. Instead I had someone pretty much tossing the food at us like why are you even in here.
I was just in Chapel Hill during first week in April with family visiting someone in UNC hospital. Ordered food from this place and we were truly dissappointed. Ribs were dry and no flavor. The fried chicken and hush puppies tasted like they were made in oil used to fry fish. Very small portions for the money. We're from Connecticut and we were excited about tasting some real southern BBQ food. Popeyes chicken tasted better and we have chicken & rib joints in Connecticut that have better quality of food. Too bad maybe next time we come down to NC we will fare better, NC great place to come visit.
The food here is good, not great, country cooking, and the prices are high for what you get, and what's available elsewhere. The fried chicken at Time Out is better & cheaper, as are most of the same sides. The best meal here, IMO, is breakfast, but still pricey. The food and the service were better at the old location - sometimes with success and praise you lose your way a bit.
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