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The Original Q Shack
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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2510 University Dr Durham, NC 27707
2510 University DriveUSNorth CarolinaDurham27707
(919) 402-4227theqshackoriginal.com
$$Barbecue Restaurant, CatererToday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Western Carolina- & Texas-style BBQ smoked in-house & served in bare-bones digs with outdoor tables.- Google
"Their beef brisket BBQ sandwich is amazing, the best I've ever had."
"I highly recommend sliced brisket with mac and cheese and beans."
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Clint Blackburn
a month ago
I have been here several times because of different groups of people, but I do not like the Q Shack. The sides are pretty good, but their BBQ is below average and their sauce has a bitter flavor. I hope to never return here.
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Telapost Social Media
10 months ago
We were here with a client discussing their Internet presence last week. The BBQ is awesome. This is a fantastic place to get BBQ in Durham. Great atmosphere, fast staff, excellent food, what else could you want from a BBQ Shack?! They even have live music. If you are looking for BBQ or brisket or amazing sides served up with a beer or a sweat tea this is your place.
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david powell
2 months ago
Everything on the menu is spot on some of the best ribs brisket and BBQ on the planet if you live in Durham are visiting Durham make a trip you won't regret it
David Schreiber
a year ago
Three visits, three great meals. The brisket is the best I've had in the Triangle - by far. Really. Have enjoyed the collards - a bit spicy, but really tasty and the slaw, which is super fresh and not sickly sweet. Hush puppies, which I try to avoid (but cannot) are perfectly fried, hot puffs. And, best of all, the prices are super reasonable! Yes, the parking can be a pain, but jeez, it's worth the hassle.
B Wayne
7 months ago
Having had legitimate Texas brisket in the past I found this to be dry, badly in need of sauce, and improperly sliced to top it off. When you put pictures of Texas all over the walls you just can't have crappy brisket. The sides were extremely average and the meal overall was overpriced. I'm confused by the high ratings. Maybe it is due to it being in Durham--not exactly a lot of other decent options here. If this place was in Austin it would go out of business in a month.
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Ted McDaniel
9 months ago
The food just doesn't live up to the hype. I really wanted to try Carolina BBQ while my family was in town and this was one of the top rated places in Durham so I went with my wife. The brisket sandwich was dry, hush puppies were tough, and the mac and cheese was terrible. Don't even think about a burger as they are like frozen patties and cooked to a "chewy, well done" consistency. The only semi-redeeming item was the cole slaw and it wasn't even that good. Oh, and good luck finding any parking at all! Save your money and go somewhere else for good BBQ.
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Len Raleigh
a year ago
The BBQ is very good - a little on the spicy side and I like it. They have very good brisket and great side dishes, including sweet potato tater tots. I have tried, and love the "fry pie"! As others have stated the parking needs improvement but is otherwise a fun location with great food. They also sell beer and have live music from time to time.
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Joe Baker
a year ago
It's the original and the way it should be. Quick service, good food, and a nice hangout spot for friends and family. ADDITION: Please do yourself a favor and try their wings!!

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