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The Original Q Shack

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2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2152
+1 919-402-4227
11:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love there BBQ not a super fancy environment and reasonable prices! Outside and inside seating and delicious potatoes:)

Thank Cheeto D
Macon, North Carolina
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Drove past this place on our way home from shopping in Durham on a Saturday night. The parking lot was packed and people were lined up out the door, so of course we had to stop to check it out. Sure glad we did! Brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, smoked chicken, smoked turkey and ribs are the meats and the... More 

Thank Karen H
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of the best value for money meals I had while in Durham. We were 4 friends that had a meal for less than $40. We had 3 types of meat and 6 sides. The ribs were the best with the green salad and spinach. They have a lot of sides to choice from. It has a really... More 

Thank yvonneerwee
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of Triangle bbq places are trying to be fancy, but if you don't mind the back yard feel, Q Shack has better quality than most. Their beef brisket and St. Louis style ribs are unmatched. Pulled pork is great too, but pulled pork is easy. The marriage of Texas and NC bbq styles works really well here. Great meats,... More 

Thank Jarrett S
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a devotee of Memphis barbeque, this doesn't quite meet my standards, but it is certainly acceptable. In fact, the meat surpasses the sides, in my opinion. The fried okra is very good, but the slaw and baked beans don't quite measure up.The Cobb Salad is worth a try. Their tailgate specials are a nice value.

Thank Nancy H
Durham, North Carolina
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I take my visitors to at least three local barbecue restaurants, and this is always their favorite. I differ slightly because I like the Mac and cheese elsewhere, but that's always how barbecue shacks have to compete. The ribs are dry. I like mine wet. That's it. Great environment. Inside and outside space. Always busy. You make the decision, but... More 

Thank Carolineolync
Gainesville, Virginia
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527 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good BBQ not great. Need seasoning on everything. Chopped BBQ was good. Brisket and fries need seasoning. Staff was very friendly. I guess I was expecting some great BBQ and I got good not great.

Thank matjaz2002
North Carolina
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the smoked turkey and the bbq. My work place uses the smoked turkey for our Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.

Thank Misty H
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152 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People who come to the Q-shack on Wednesdays are in for a treat. They get great food with choices of barbecue or sliced beef brisket or pork, lots of sides and good beer, AND, terrific Blue Grass Music. This is the place to be. And that clearly shows as there are not many seats, and as usual there are NO... More 

Thank ngiril_lover
Blue Hill, Maine
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must have for dinner every time I go to Durham. Brisket is so good. All the sides are just right. Always too much to finish😄

Thank tandemrider67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2152
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-402-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?