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The Original Q Shack


2510 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 402-4227
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Photo of John Godkin John Godkin
Aug 9, 2019 5

Totally awesome. Very fast. It’s not eastern NC style. Great ribs and Brisket too. And let me tell you, their Cobb Salad is hard to beat. Just want a burger? It will be fresh and delicious! Did I say crispy catfish on Fridays! Lovely atmosphere.

Photo of Amanda Suda Amanda Suda
Aug 12, 2019 5

The chili beef brisket is absolutely amazing. You get so much food, we could have easily split a regular plate. I liked the pork ribs a lot, but the seasonings on the brisket was just so good that I'd have to get that next time. The fried okra, Mac and cheese, and collards were great as well. Five out of five for sure.

Photo of Anslie Noelle Anslie Noelle
Aug 15, 2019 5

Some of the best BBQ I've ever had! I love that it's Western NC and Texas style! The mac n cheese, brisket, potato salad, and hush puppies were 10/10! I also enjoyed the coleslaw. I'm definitely going to be coming here to fulfill my BBQ needs!

Photo of Allen Hightower Allen Hightower
Aug 2, 2019 5

Had the pork sandwich with slaw with sides of mac & cheese and hushpuppies with a sweet tea. It was all good. Does a brisk business at lunch, but you get your food quickly.

Photo of Jenay Sampson Jenay Sampson
Oct 19, 2019 5

First time here and everything was delicious. I had the brisket and added some barbecue. Others in my group had ribs and chicken and all got good reviews. Would definitely come back.

Photo of Ricky Ashley Ricky Ashley
Oct 4, 2019 5

This place has soom great BBQ. Especially the brisket. My wife just raves over their brisket. She says it has great flavor and just melts in your mouth. She usually pairs this with fried okra and fries. I usually have the pulled pork with potato salad and baked beans. I have even had the multiple meat plates as well. Good for those that just can't decide on one. This restaurant is a corner business as it has a road on front and rear and parking can be a little tricky, especially if you go when they are the busiest.

Photo of Dub Karriker Dub Karriker
Sep 21, 2019 5

First a disclaimer - I am a Texas BBQ fan and they have the best. That said, everything here is terrific. Love the sides too. Best BBQ in Durham hands down.

Photo of Brian Dime Brian Dime
Sep 13, 2019 5

Delicious BBQ, and a good variety of sides. The chopped pork and Eastern NC style sauce has a little more western NC influence, but it's still good. Brisket and smokes chicken are also excellent.

Photo of Niki Saylor Niki Saylor
Oct 6, 2019 5

Holy smokes! Are you in the mood for great BBQ? Get to this joint in Durham for delicious finger licking BBQ and atmosphere. No frills and great value!

Photo of Molly Chmura Molly Chmura
Oct 17, 2019 5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Such an beautiful local restaurant, so happy to have you in the community! My favorite is the turkey!

Photo of ally katt ally katt
Nov 24, 2019 4

Great service, pretty good food. The brisket was dank but the BBQ is more NC style than Texas. Pretty good for central NC. Someone's grandma needs to come fix the sides though! They were pretty weak.

Photo of Charles Brennan Charles Brennan
Dec 5, 2019 3

My first time there, Mac n cheese nothing to write home about, too chewy. Toss salad was ok, turkey just lacked something after cutting it kind a fell apart. Might go back...

Photo of Ranier Simons Ranier Simons
Nov 27, 2019 5

Q-Shack never disappoints. Consistently great food and great staff. The periodic live music is a treat!

Photo of Carina Muehl Carina Muehl
Dec 27, 2019 5

Oh my - just discovered their Cobb salad tonight. Has chunks of delicious brisket and avocado. Perfection.

Photo of Michael F Michael F
Dec 8, 2019 5

Really good classic barbecue and southern side dishes cooked right, and fast service! I brought friends from Oakland who'd never had NC barbecue and they loved it.

Photo of Elizabeth Davis Elizabeth Davis
Jan 7, 2020 5

Absolutely spectacular and delicious food! I’m accustomed to high-quality BBQ, and the brisket was top-notch and probably the best I’ve ever enjoyed. I didn’t love the “big beans” in the BBQ baked beans, but still had a great taste and flavor. Just terrific, and I look forward to many more visits!

Photo of John Godkin John Godkin
Jan 3, 2020 5

Totally awesome. Very fast. It’s not eastern NC style. Great ribs and Brisket too. And let me tell you, their Cobb Salad is hard to beat. Just want a burger? It will be fresh and delicious! Did I say crispy catfish on Fridays! Lovely atmosphere. The best game will be on the tube!

Photo of Zach Wells Zach Wells
Jan 18, 2020 5

The best BBQ joint in Durham and even the greater RTP area. A must try when in town! Fried okra is amazing!

Photo of Sunny D Sunny D
Jan 27, 2020 5

For me, best BBQ in area. Family owned and run. Indoor and outdoor seating. Oblong, slightly chewy, but not greasy hush puppies (my fav style). Could make a meal just on them. Busy, but fast service. Good prices.

Photo of Robert Keller Robert Keller
Jan 29, 2020 4

Very Fast counter service. Had more than I could eat, so almost have a 2nd meal in our take home container. I thought it was a little spicy but my wife said it was just right.

Photo of Brian King Brian King
Jan 28, 2020 3

Good variety of BBQ here and different sauces available. Prices a a little higher than I would like but not overly expensive. I would rather eat at City BBQ.

Photo of Kelsey Smith Kelsey Smith
Feb 9, 2020 5

The ribs were perfectly spiced and falling off the bone. I loved the BBQ beans as well. I might even go again. It looked like a bluegrass band was setting up to play inside on a Sunday evening just as I was leaving. There were lots of families there, great kid friendly meals.

Photo of Deep Singh Deep Singh
Feb 19, 2020 5

Great Carolina BBQ spot. I had the pulled pork sandwich with Slaw on top, which came with hush puppies and a side (I chose fries). The sandwich was awesome, and had the distinct Carolina BBQ taste you want! Fries were seasoned well, and those hush puppies were the best!

Photo of Mimi Rothchild Mimi Rothchild
Feb 25, 2020 5

The best Smoked BBQ in Durham! The prices are reasonable and the food plentiful and delicious! The smoked pork butt is out of this world and I personally LOVE their collard greens! Hush puppies are perfectly cooked and are an extra bonus! If you love deviled eggs, try theirs with jalapeño- you won’t be disappointed!

Photo of Joe M. Joe M.
Apr 9, 2020 5

Very good brisket, green beans, and hush puppies! When they say hush puppies are included, they actually give you a good portion and not just 2-3 small ones. They give you like 8-9 good ones. Very happy with the experience. Staff was friendly and food was very good with a large portion!

Photo of christopher tapanen christopher tapanen
Jun 1, 2020 5

This place rocks! Conviently located where University Dr meets Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, they are open currently for take out. The smoked pork spare ribs were outstanding, the sides super yummy and the hush puppies were definitely on point. The staff were friendly and the service was quick, don't miss this place!

Photo of Alyx Bauer Alyx Bauer
Jun 14, 2020 5

The staff is really nice! The food is absolutely great and they keep the building clean. It’s a little expensive but it’s definitely worth it! They also have some great Mac n’ Cheese. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat!

Photo of Michael DeHaan Michael DeHaan
Jun 8, 2019 5

I thought I reviewed this, but maybe not. The Original Q Shack is vastly superior to the other Q Shack location. This is currently my favorite BBQ place anywhere, and also has quite tasty hush puppies. If you want parking, you might have to arrive later on in the day, as it gets crowded and some of the adjacent lots tow. The music playlist has recently switched from bluegrass to classic country, which is also quite the improvement.

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
May 18, 2019 5

Brought my family who was visiting here. We all definitely enjoyed our meals. Three people had the St Louis ribs which were well flavored and more then tasty! I personally had the smoked Turkey which was moist and delicious. Each person had some yummy sides which included fresh coleslaw, homemade mac and cheese, seasoned bake beans,collard greens and of course to die for hush puppies!

Photo of Marcella Dalrymple Marcella Dalrymple
Jun 1, 2019 5

This is you typical counter service restaurant, with a chalkboard menu. Can’t get a better family take out deal than from here. Food is always amazing, and while there are a few healthier options, you go here when you want a calorie buster. The fried okra is usually perfection, but this visit they were a little dry. It’s forgivable considering the service here is always A+, the same folks have been working and running it for years and that type on consistency has kept me coming back for the past 10 years. Easy. Quick. Delicious. You will need a nap afterwards.

Photo of Kieron Torres Kieron Torres
Apr 27, 2019 5

We got the 3 meat platter with turkey, shredded pork and beef. They give you so many hush puppies! The sides we chose were baked beans and the cheesy spinach. The spinach was surprisingly delicious, and the beans and sauces were awesome. The meats were all very good. They had Cheerywine soda, which I liked. No line when we came in (even though there were plenty of people inside eating), and we had quick friendly service. Definitely will be coming back.

Photo of Jon Lowder Jon Lowder
May 10, 2019 5

Had the chicken and I highly recommend it. Tender, moist and a great flavor. Potato salad is also fantastic. Good, quick service. Will be back.

Photo of ry An ry An
Jul 1, 2019 5

Two meat platter holey cow that's a lot of food. Smoked Turkey was some of the best I have had and the hush puppies were good too. Very generous servings and decently priced. Poor parking around lunch but I got a spot close (probably just lucky) as many others were circling trying to also find a spot.

Photo of Kerry Graham Kerry Graham
Jul 6, 2019 5

This is one of those must try places you don't want to miss! Everything on the menu is great you will not be disappointed. The parking can be a little tricky at times but it's worth the hassle for sure. Don't be worried if there's a line the employees are very efficient and you will not be waiting long.

Photo of Nader Doleh Nader Doleh
Jun 26, 2019 5

Absolutely delicious food. Ribs so tender they fall off the bones, tasty sides and lots of variety. Nice touch having a band playing some local tunes. Definitely coming back here next time I'm in Raleigh!