The Q Shack

(919) 402-4227

2514 University Dr, Durham, NC | Directions   27707

35.974061 -78.924898

Open Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-9pm;

Sun 12am-8pm

 
Barbecue Restaurants, $, Outdoor Dining  more

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Rockwood

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From The Owners of The Q Shack

Whose barbecue is better, Texas or North Carolina? Turns out both.

Reviews for The Q Shack

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

if your constipated eat here! – My friend and I had decided to go to the Q shack for lunch, and had split a full rack of ribs. I took one bite out of my half rack and instantly felt sick to my stomach... The ribs tasted like they were under cooked, so I tried eating a rib from the middle of the rack, same thing... Within 6 hrs I had a stomach ache, the next day I spent most of the time in the bathroom, the 3rd day I was doubled over in pain; thank good I made it to my doctor! The past 4 days my diet has consisted Cipro, Tylenol, and Prilosec. After 5 days I'm now just starting to eat whole foods again!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Dissapointing pork BBQ – I am surprised to hear people praise the pork barbeque -- the best in Triangle? Yikes! Go anywhere outside the Triangle -- Hursey's in Burlington/Graham for example -- and you can find much better pork BBQ than this. On the other hand, I thought the beef brisket at Q Shack was quite nice.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great BBQ at Great Prices – I love the food here! I use to live pretty close to the Q-Shack and have tried *everything* on the menu except the hamburger. (Why would I want to get a hamburger will all the different BBQ on that menu!?!) Now that I've moved to a different part of Durham, I still go back frequently.

They have great pulled pork, brisket, and smoked turkey. When I'm looking for a healthier meal I'll get the cobb salad (which includes brisket and turkey).

The Q-Shack staff is very friendly and the prices are great. Don't miss this restaurant!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Perfect after a late movie! – I got brisket, black eyed peas, and hushpuppies and I do not have a since complaint. The service was quick, everything was hot, and they had a wide variety on the menu. I liked how the meat was local, too. Fast food type seating, made to order, and TVs everyewhere.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best BBQ in the triangle – Okay, I haven't been to every BBQ place the triangle has to offer. But I have been to over half a dozen of the most touted places, including Allen & Sons and Bullock's, and the Q shack tops them all. While the ribs and the brisket are about average, the pulled pork and pulled chicken are out of this world. The sides are also amazing, including rotating specials like sweet potato fries and pepper jack creamed spinach, as well as classic staples like mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, and fried okra. Also, they're open Sunday which can't be said of some other local 'cue joints. The price is reasonable (about $9-10 for a 1/3 lb., 2 sides, and drink - ribs are more, of course) and you order at a counter, which cuts down on tips. Phenomenal.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Saturday Lunch Spot – Hey guys,

Coming from an African-American you can believe this one. This spot is REALLY good! I can't stand NC barbeque and I've had Coopers(which is Avg at Best) and Old Tyme(Better than Coopers). The Q-Shack is really good and I can endorse the business. If I had enough money I would buy a franchise. The food is damn good.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Tasty Y'all – I'm from Texas (Austin to be specific) and this place definitely satisfies. I specifically went looking for Texas style BBQ & this place fit the bill. The decor & the fact that they have Shiner on tap really made me feel at home. The Texas sauce is a bit sweeter & more vinegary than I'm used to but not too bad. The brisket was moist (not too dry or fatty as others have said). I may have to get some brisket to go and put a little Good & Co or Rudy's sauce on it- don't tell on me!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Q shack rocks – I've dined at both the Durham (Original Q Shack) and the Raleigh (North Hills) Q Shacks and have never been dissapointed. I relocated here from Los Angeles and discovered that I have a new passion for NC barbecue and Qshack is one of my favorite places (the other's being Bullocks and Hog Heaven in Durham). The flavors and quality are always excellent. I visit the Durham location about 6-10x per year and will continue.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Don't ever mistake the ORIGINAL Q-Shack in Durham for any other... – ...as there is no other! This message is in response to ZMANSTER's ONE STAR RATING of the Q-Shack in Durham. You are mistaken in giving the ORIGINAL Q-SHACK the poor review. I am sure that you have not eaten at the ORIGINAL Q-SHACK in DURHAM, or it would be a 5-star rating. At the ORIGINAL Q-Shack, you can find the founder and owner still running the cash register at lunch. His name is Dan Ferguson who sold his North Hills location to his ex-partner several years ago. Dan Ferguson has no part in the Raleigh restaurant, and those of us who are dedicated and happy Durham customers resent the comparison. Please visit the ORIGINAL Q-SHACK, where you will find the best BBQ ever! The porportions are huge, the atmosphere friendly, the service great, and the same recipies used since the restaurant's inception. And, when you do visit the Durham Q-Shack, give Dan an "hello." Perhaps you'll re-write your review so that everyone knows the high quaiity of its food and service.

Remember, there is ONLY ONE ORGINAL! Thank you.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid This Place! – I've traveled all over the USA, lived in Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles and now relocated to Raleigh. I absolutely love good BBQ of all varieties. I went to the Q Shack located in the North Hills of Raleigh on two occasions and ordered the 3 meat combo-plate to try out a sampling. On my first visit everything was over cooked and dried out. The hush puppies looked like ?and tasted like it. I thought, gee, I must have gone in on a bad day or something. I always give people and businesses the benefit of the doubt, so I decided to Q Shack another try a few days later. Same thing?only worse! I got an upset stomach from it! I don?t know what people see in this place! Maybe at one time in history they were first rate, but believe me ? this place is NOT RECOMMENDED! Spend your money somewhere else! Your stomach will love you for it!

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