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The Q Shack

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2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 402-4227
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great BBQ

Always tasty BBQ but sides were just bland in comparison to the main event. Would recommend especially on the weekend .

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Furlough
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Greenville, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Greenville, North Carolina
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180 reviews 180 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Always tasty BBQ but sides were just bland in comparison to the main event. Would recommend especially on the weekend .

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North SF Bay
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I must admit I am somewhat new to true southern cuisine. But we were told by a local that we HAD to go here. This is a very casual place and you stand in a quick line and place your meat order. In our group, we had orders of chicken, turkey, and burgers. The people behind the counter are a... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Had the ribs and they were ok - the sauce was excellent. Cole slaw was fantastic and the hush puppies were best ever had. My wife had the pork sandwich and was very good.

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Jamestown, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The smoked chicken was incredible, brisket very good. 10 year old daughter proclaimed the Mac and cheese as some of the best she has had, and she has sampled a lot of Mac and cheese. Plentiful sides to choose from, collard greens and baked beans very good, fried okra way over salted, not edible. Portions are huge, I am a... More 

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Phoenix, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Loved the Chopped Chili Rubbed Brisket! Good variety of meats and appetizers. Perfect for families. Will visit the Q Shack again!

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New London, Connecticut
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24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A good barbecue place in Durham, it seems really popular with the locals. Choice of all kinds of meats (pulled chicken, pulled pork, ribs) and hush puppies come with all meals. Family friendly, but parking was really hard. There was room inside and outside the restaurant to eat, but hardly any parking spaces at mealtime, so I'd suggest coming early... More 

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Las Vegas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The size of the crowds at this restaurant suggest that many people enjoy its preparation. Several of the items we tried were top level quality, especially the ribs and the peach cobbler. As seems to be typical at barbecue restaurants the sides are nothing special. Things like macaroni and cheese and barbecue beans reflect a desire to produce edible, but... More 

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nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Had a wonderful dinner - casual, ate at a picnic table outside which was nice but meant we were missing the great music inside. The smoked turkey was excellent as were the brisket, creamed spinach and hush puppies. Less excellent was the pulled pork. overall a wonderful bbq experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Crowded parking lot, good sign. Smell of smoke, enticing. Walk inside and bluegrass band picking and strumming and sounding great. Menu board with lots of selections, pulled or chopped pork, brisket, ribs. Tried them all and was forced to over eat. Chopped pork tender and lean, great flavor. Brisket was fall apart smokey goodness. Ribs are best I have had... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great ribs. I have eaten at this place on several occations. I was never disappointed with the food. Always perfectly cooked. Falling off the bone. Really good flavor. There are several other Q shacks, but this one is the best !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 402-4227

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?