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Dip's Country Kitchen

408 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 942-5837
Posted By Mike Iacoucci on 1/2/2012 7:36:00 PM
Located deep in the heart of Chapel Hill, NC, Dips Country Kitchen is a typical southern soul-food restaurant, with much to offer. Once you get within a block or two of Dip's, the smell of freshly-baked biscuits and fried chicken permeate the air, guiding you towards the front door.

The menu is very diversified, so starting off with the sampler as an appetizer was a good way to try a wide variety of fried items, the highlight being the fried green tomatoes, with just the right amount of breading and tartness. These are a "must-have" appetizer.

My main course was varied and consisted of smothered pork chops, chopped barbecue, and southern fried chicken with several veggie sides and a cup of Brunswick Stew, a southern staple.

The pork chops were cooked to perfection and served on the bone, tender and juicy, with every inch covered in a delicious brown gravy. Served two to an order, the pork chops were delicious and filling.

The chopped barbecue, an item that cannot be duplicated outside of the NC area, was delicious and mild. The barbecue had a nice balance between vinegar and tomato, with the emphasis on the latter. The result is well-balanced balanced barbecue with more a sweet and less of a vinegar taste than most of the barbecue in the area, and does not overpower the natural taste of the pork itself.

The true highlight of the meal has to be the southern fried chicken. The options are two white or dark pieces. Unfortunately you cannot mix and match, so I opted for the white meat. The skin is a beautiful golden brown, perfectly crisp, without a drop of oil on the outside. The meat beneath, however, is a different story. The meat was extremely juicy - multi-napkin juicy! Whatever you decide to have for your meal, make sure the fried chicken is part of it.

Being a "Yankee," I not very familiar with what is considered good Brunswick Stew. Luckily, I spent dinner with a born and bred North Carolinian who suggested I try a cup, as she said it was good. I have to agree! Like the barbecue, the stew was a little heavy on the tomato-side, but very tasty. Loaded with veggies and shredded meat, it is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good hearty bowl of soup. It was very well-seasoned and balanced and a perfect side dish to go with all these heavy meat dishes.

Overall, not the greatest soul food I have ever had, but very good in its own right. I highly recommend it to everyone who may be passing through the Chapel Hill area and is looking for a good meal. You will not be disappointed, and the menu is varied enough to satisfy everyone's hunger cravings.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Green Tomatoes
Smothered Pork Chops
Southern Fried Chicken
Chopped Barbecue
Sampler Plate
Brunswick Stew
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Simple and perfect, this basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting was every bit as good as Mama Dip's renowned pies.
"Simple and perfect, this basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting was every bit as good as Mama Dip's renowned pies."
Michael Stern





No soul food menu would be complete without sweet yams.
"No soul food menu would be complete without sweet yams."
Michael Stern


Of course, sweet tea is available to drink. But this refreshing mango peach lemonade is not to be ignored.
"Of course, sweet tea is available to drink. But this refreshing mango peach lemonade is not to be ignored."
Michael Stern


The menu's list of more than a dozen vegetables uses asterisks to indicate which ones are cooked with pork. These collards have an asterisk and also deserve an exclamation point. They are seriously porky and delicious!
"The menu's list of more than a dozen vegetables uses asterisks to indicate which ones are cooked with pork. These collards have an asterisk and also deserve an exclamation point. They are seriously porky and delicious!"
Michael Stern


Mama Dip's menu is large, so the sampler platter is a good strategy for tasting maximum number of appetizers. This plate holds hushpuppies, fried zucchini, fried broccoli and cheese, bread and butter pickles, and fried green tomatoes. The hushpuppies are especially excellent, with a sharp buttermilky tang.
"Mama Dip's menu is large, so the sampler platter is a good strategy for tasting maximum number of appetizers. This plate holds hushpuppies, fried zucchini, fried broccoli and cheese, bread and butter pickles, and fried green tomatoes. The hushpuppies are especially excellent, with a sharp buttermilky tang."
Michael Stern


Fried chicken, served with sides of black-eyed peas, squash casserole and corn bread.  Photo and caption by bearcuisinenm.
"Fried chicken, served with sides of black-eyed peas, squash casserole and corn bread. Photo and caption by bearcuisinenm."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


These fried green tomatoes are cooked to perfection.
"These fried green tomatoes are cooked to perfection."
Anne Ritchings


Chicken fried steak served with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy will feed the heartiest appetite.
"Chicken fried steak served with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy will feed the heartiest appetite."
Anne Ritchings


This is a Southerner's idea of a vegetable plate: mashed potatoes with gravy, butter beans, black-eyed peas and squash casserole.
"This is a Southerner's idea of a vegetable plate: mashed potatoes with gravy, butter beans, black-eyed peas and squash casserole."
Anne Ritchings


The catfish, lightly coated with cornmeal, is some of the best I have ever tasted.  The shrimp and oysters were also well cooked.
"The catfish, lightly coated with cornmeal, is some of the best I have ever tasted. The shrimp and oysters were also well cooked."
Anne Ritchings


Fried chicken wings and fried okra make a filling and tasty lunch.
"Fried chicken wings and fried okra make a filling and tasty lunch."
Anne Ritchings


This group is having a celebration lunch for one of their friends.
"This group is having a celebration lunch for one of their friends."
Anne Ritchings


If the dining room is full, the porch is a pleasant place to eat.
"If the dining room is full, the porch is a pleasant place to eat."
Anne Ritchings


This distinctive sign ensures that you don't miss the restaurant as you drive down Rosemary St.
"This distinctive sign ensures that you don't miss the restaurant as you drive down Rosemary St."
Anne Ritchings


Two hearty bone-in pork chops, cooked to perfection, completely smothered in brown gravy.
"Two hearty bone-in pork chops, cooked to perfection, completely smothered in brown gravy."
Mike Iacoucci


Perfectly-fried white meat chicken, a breast and wing. A mound of the chopped barbecue sits behind the chicken, rounded out perfectly with a generous helping of mashed potatoes with gravy.
"Perfectly-fried white meat chicken, a breast and wing. A mound of the chopped barbecue sits behind the chicken, rounded out perfectly with a generous helping of mashed potatoes with gravy."
Mike Iacoucci


The mark of an excellent restaurant: an autographed photo from Ben 'Cooter' Jones!
"The mark of an excellent restaurant: an autographed photo from Ben 'Cooter' Jones!"
Mike Iacoucci


Cup of Brunswick Stew, generously full of a wide variety of vegetables and shredded meat, served with saltines
"Cup of Brunswick Stew, generously full of a wide variety of vegetables and shredded meat, served with saltines"
Mike Iacoucci



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