Tried and True: A Classic Dessert Made with Love at Mama Dip’s

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Photo by Sarah Arneson

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.

Mildred Council with her eight children, taken by Roland Giduz.

It was a special Sunday treat for Annette and her seven siblings, served 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.

Bowl of banana pudding, $3.95.

Mama Dip’s will be one of the participants at the Regional Grand Taste on Saturday, April 22. Spend the afternoon with hundreds of guests savoring tastes of dishes created by 23 of the best chefs from throughout the Southeast region. Also on hand will be regional and local beverage makers, producing outstanding craft beer, soda, coffees and spirits, and we’ve rounded up our chefs’ favorite distributors to bring you wine from around the world to educate your palate. Of course, no celebration is complete without great music, so Counterclockwise String Band will perform for your lunchtime pleasure! You can view the full TASTE schedule and purchase tickets for events by visiting the event website.


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Laura Zolman Kirk

Associate Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned Chapel Hillian and totally in love with this special slice of North Carolina.
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