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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Vail, Colorado
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

A local told me this was the best bbq in Durham. I got pulled pork and ribs. I was so excited when it came out. I was good but not great. Maybe I had too high of expectations. I thought North Carolina bbq was supposed to be amazing. It was good, not amazing. You could get bbq like this in... More 

Thank VailLocal970
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

My son and I are avid BBQ diners so happily went to this place our first night in Durham, based in the ratings of Trip Advisor. What a disappointment. The ribs were very dry, the mac and cheese flavorless. I had the daily special which was a pimento cheese BLT. It was okay. The ONLY positive part of the visit... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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474 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

A friend who is moving to Durham told me not to write a review, as she doesn't want others to find The Q Shack! But the word is out, and we found they do barbecue right. Sandwiches or main courses are served quickly at the counter, with your choice of sides. And like any good barbecue place, a number of... More 

Thank EC13091
Tempe, Arizona
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175 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

In town visiting family and they constantly mentioned The Q Shack. We stopped by for take-out this afternoon and were all very pleased with the meal. As others have mentioned in their reviews, the parking lot was crowded but when we entered the building there were only a few other patrons in line ordering. Walking across the parking lot you... More 

Thank Vegasonmymind
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We are obsessed with the Q Shack. We usually order out, which is great. The food is the best. We always order ribs, hush puppies, okra, and coleslaw. The smoked turkey is also very good. If you're a meat lover, this is the place for you!

Thank Elise M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

High end taste in a relaxed atmosphere. It's North Carolina Pork butt and chicken barbecue with a twist and several tasty sides. The cream spinach, spicy barbecue beans and hush puppies are among my favorites. We always hit this place when we travel to the Durham area. If you like barbecue this is a must do. Everything is fresh.

Thank Jamie F
Harrisburg, PA
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We were from out of town looking for some good NC BBQ and found the perfect spot! The parking lot was full, but to me, that's the sign of a great place to eat! My husband and I split a two meat platter of brisket and pulled pork, both were great and just enough for the two of us. My... More 

Thank JMiller19
Timberlake, North Carolina
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I had the privilege of introducing a co-worker to The Q Shack a couple weeks ago and they are now a believer! Everything that I have tried has been simply amazing and I look for opportunities to be on that side of town near lunch time. Try it and you will be a believer also. There are a few tables... More 

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Highland, Illinois
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way through NC and were happy we did. Service was quick, and there were ample choices on the blackboard menu. Our kids, who have especially finicky palates, devoured the day's special, smoked hot dogs, to rave reviews. They also enjoyed their seasoned fries. (Note: If hot dogs hadn't been on the menu the day we... More 

Thank SMallrich
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

On our way to celebrate the 4th with our daughter and son in law and stopped in! Wow HUGE portions and GREAT BBQ. Next time will share! Also gotta try the jalapeño devil eggs they are really good! Very laid back atmosphere and community sitting tables which makes it more like cookout - also al fresco dining

Thank Diane W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?