Soul Food in the Triangle Area?
A friend of mine is visiting from out-of-country and would like to try 'soul food'. I'm not sure what this necessarily encompasses, but does anyone have any restaurant recommendations? I am thinking Mama Dip's, but I have heard mixed things about that place.
I respectfully disagree, Lynn.
I have had excellent fried chicken at Time Out and their recipe for cabbage is the best I have encountered anywhere.
Like any cafeteria style place, freshness can be a problem, but I have enjoyed those two items there despite the place's obvious drawbacks.
No one should eat at Time Out unless they are still in college and seriously drunk -- the only time the food tastes good, and you can hope not to get sick from it because all the alcohol in your stomach will keep you safe.
Bon's, however, is an excellent choice, and far better than Dip's. Service is friendly (not so at Dip's) and food is much fresher.
I would forget about Mama Dip's. It is mediocre AND overpriced.
As already stated, Bon's is a decent alternative. Time Out, in the front of the same shopping center near Columbia Street and West Franklin (University Square) has excellent fried chicken, greens, fried fish, macaroni and cheese, etc. It is Southern food, but although the food is the same, it may not qualify as "Soul Food", as it is not run and operated by African-Americans. I would also heartily recommend a place in Durham called "A Taste of New Orleans". It is on Carpenter Fletcher Road. It is not open on weekends, but is open for lunch and dinners Monday-Friday (and they have jazz starting at 8 PM on Friday nights). The place has New Orleans decor and food (the owner is from New Orleans), but it has soul food touches as well. Their shrimp and grits, and their turkey wings and rice, are superb. Their collards are the best I have had anywhere.
Actually everyone keeps forgetting about Bon's Home Cooking --also in Chapel Hill. Bon is Mama Dip's daughter and I had an excellent soul food meal there a while back.
I think she provides better food and better value than Mama Dip's which has suffered as a tourist destination.
Bon's is located at the rear of the shopping center near Columbia Street and West Franklin.