408 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751635.911181 -79.063834
Mon. - Sat. 8am - 9:30pm;Sun. 8am - 9pm
Disappointing doesn't begin to explain this place! – I had heard that this was the place to go for great soul food in Chapel Hill. After 3.5 years of living here, my mom and I finally found our way over there, filled with anticipation and excitement at what we thought would be a culinary and cultural experience. The menu looked interesting and we decided to order different foods so we could share. We put in our order and we sat, and sat, and sat...and, well, you get the idea. We tried to get the waiter's attention but to no avail. When he FINALLY came over, he was dismayed that we were questioning why we didn't have our food after 4-5 tables who had arrived after us were gleefully chomping down theirs. He barely even stayed long enough for me to finish my sentence. He didn't go straight to the kitchen. He just stood and had a good, long chat with some customers. After he finally went to the kitchen, he came out as quickly as he had gone in. Had we offended him in asking for our food 45 minutes after ordering? Had our tone not been sweet enough? We finallly spotted him pulling something out of his pocket and sending it back to the kitchen. I was positive it was our order. After another 15 minutes and my mom and I were going to soon need an ambulance because our sugar had dropped to dangerous levels, a couple of plates of food were thrown in front of us without so much as an attempt at an apology. Okay, it was FINALLY here. We started in and both just didn't want to say anything to the other...eventually, we could no longer keep it in. The food was HORRIBLE! My mother's chicken and dumplings were gluey and had that raw poultry taste. My barbecued beef was positively disgusting. Good thing there were some tolerable side dishes on the table. We pushed them down and waited forever for our check. When I went to the cash register to pay, I let the woman know that the service had been very poor and the waiter quite rude. She just looked at me. Go if you insist, but don't say I didn't warn you!
Don't Go – We had heard and read about Mama Dip's, so we were very excited to finally try it out. What a disappointment. The service was bad, the employees were not friendly (borderline rude), the food was very average and overpriced, and the portions were small. We will not recommend nor go back to Mama Dip's.
Mildred Council (aka Mama Dip) serves up hearty country cooking reminiscent of Sunday dinners at Grandma's. – In Short
In a large brown house on Rosemary Street sits a Chapel Hill institution. A mix of barbecue, country cooking and traditional Southern fare, Mama Dip's has suffered grumblings lately of rising prices, smaller portions and slow service--but the quality of food remains high and the establishment continues to please most visitors. The chicken and dumplings dish is worth the trip alone, but a meal wouldn't be complete without some of the famous fried chicken.
Consistently Terrible Service – Although I love Mama Dip's food, I will never go back. The service at Mama Dip's is attrocious and the food is overpriced.
Disappointing - Highly Overrated – I've eaten here on two separate occasions... both of which I experienced good service, but pretty mediocre to poor food. I have absolutely no idea how the citysearch reviewer calls the biscuits light and fluffy, when on both occasions they were extremely dense and dry - kinda like hockey pucks. The fried chicken was pretty dry... the side dishes not very flavorful. Other menu items like barbeque are much better had elsewhere. The pecan pie was decent. I have absolutely no desire to come here again - not out of a bad experience, but really, there are other, better options.
Not recommended – I had a terrible dining experience when I went to Mama Dips for breakfast. I ordered eggs over-easy and dry toast. They served bread that was not toasted and the egg yokes were hard. The service was bad. The food was bad. This was the worst breakfast I have been served in the nine years I have lived in Chapel Hill. I will not go back to Mama Dips.
LOVE Mama Dip's – You can't find better friend chicken anywhere in Chapel Hill - or beyond, for that matter. I absolutely love this place. The decor is simple and, when they're busy, the service can be lacking. But everything is forgiven when I dive into a plate of homemade fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans! Their desserts are awesome, too - especially the homemade cobblers and pies.
It was great! – Visited Mama Dip's on Tuesday, Dec 20, for dinner. The food was delicious! I had the chicken dinner with fried okra and yams and a steeaming mug of apple cider! YUM! My friend had liver and onions (she said that it was so tender she didn't even need a knife), potato salad, and zucchini casserole....and a mug of steaming pineapple cider! She said that it was all delicious!! The service was promt and friendly. The atmosphere is country and VERY clean. We almost didn't go because of the bad reviews here, but since I have ALWAYS wanted to go there we decided to give it a chance and we were SO GLAD that we had!!!
Took my parents, big mistake – I moved to Chapel Hill having heard about Mama Dip's on the Food Network. I assumed that someone/some place so "famous" would at least have to be decent so I decided to take my parents when they visited not long after my move. Big mistake. Everything we had was bad except for the cornbread. I'll never go back. The place seems to be overrated.
I was forced to eat here more than once – I grew up on soul food and will just about try anything. I went to this restaurant after seeing mama dips on Oprah so I assumed that it had a certain level of credibility. After getting to the restaurant, I waited in line and browsed the cookbook. Check out the recipe for fried chicken. Flour, salt, pepper, and grease. Wow. The chitterlings were clean as hell, but had no taste. Glory collard greens...if you know anything about soul food, you know that glory collards (canned) are a quick, last minute food hack...or something you get at a college cafeteria with the baked ham that sits for hours in the salty, fat water.
I believe that we should support small businesses, but isn't it amazing what Oprah can do for a business?
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