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The Original Q Shack


2510 University Dr
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 402-4227
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Photo of Gorjan Mitrushevski Gorjan Mitrushevski
Nov 7, 2022 4

An average place with a good barbecue. Nothing over the top and nothing super special. Service is very fast and prices are decent for what they offer. Every time I go here I know what to expect - fast service and good food. I'm never impressed but also never go hungry. Ribs are good, pulled pork is just okay. Hush puppies are 4/5. If I could, I'd rate the whole place 3.5 stars.

Photo of Christine C Christine C
Sep 28, 2022 5

We randomly stopped here while traveling and it was a great little taste of the south. We tried the chicken, brisket, pulled pork and ribs and they were all delicious. We also sampled several sides and they did not disappoint. Ordering was at the counter so it was nice and quick. We didn't have to wait through table service and were able to continue on our road trip.

Photo of Madeline Dietrich Madeline Dietrich
Sep 2, 2022 5

This place gets a solid five stars. It helped my anxious sole to have the large menu display outside the store. So many options, it was heaven. I recommend sharing a plate if traveling with a friend or partner! Hush puppies were out of this world. I think the secret is the shape—you taste a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy. I wish there was a Baby Back Rib option instead of St. Louis, but still so good!

Photo of Nick Powers Nick Powers
Aug 8, 2022 5

This may be my favorite restaurant in Durham. It’s great food for great value. I think I’ve had most things on the menu, and have no regrets. Brunswick stew, pulled pork, bologna sandwich, and macaroni and cheese are all phenomenal. The staff are great!

Photo of Buddy Singletary Buddy Singletary
Jun 28, 2022 5

Maybe not "correct" NC BBQ, but it's definitely the best BBQ left in Durham... Big portions, great sides, great meat, and great tea. Q Shack raises the bar for what a BBQ restaurant in this area should be, and (so far) isn't just resting on their laurels like so many other barbecue restaurants. Try the ribs and jalapeño cheddar sausage!

Photo of Jennifer McRae Jennifer McRae
Jun 22, 2022 5

All we can say is WOW! If you are trying to decide where to get BBQ in Durham, this is it!!! This was an amazing meal. We got very large potions of both meat and sides. It was incredibly tasty and tender meat. Everything was very enjoyable. We will look forward to returning again. You will not regret stopping here to eat. We are very big eaters, had a mid-afternoon meal, took some home, and it still kept us full until we went to bed at 11:00! We didn’t have to wait in line at that time, but this place seems very busy!

Photo of Roy Whann Roy Whann
Jun 18, 2022 4

Had the brisket plate with slaw and pinto beans. The brisket was good , the beans were spicy and the slaw had a nice tangy flavor. Servings were very generous. The staff was nice and helpful. Definitely a great value for some really delicious BBQ!

Photo of Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez
Jun 14, 2022 4

Good value and good food. Pretty packed on a hot summer Tuesday evening. Meat was delicious, served very quickly, and at more than fair prices. I had a pork plate with Cole slaw and jalapeño deviled eggs for $11. There are a few beers and soft drinks to choose from. The staff was correct. Lots of places to sit, indoors (which has air conditioning) and outdoors (which is covered but can be pretty hot).

Photo of Charlotte Leitch Charlotte Leitch
Apr 21, 2022 5

Q Shack catered our wedding this past weekend through Southern Harvest Catering. Everything was seriously amazing. The food was incredible and everyone gave us the biggest compliments. The wait staff and delivery staff did an incredible job. We were so pleased with everything and couldn't have asked for anything better. We truly recommend Q Shack for anyone's special event. Everything was above top notch.