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The Q Shack

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

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    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 place for several styles of BBQ

Pretty tasty place for BBQ of different types... they do some southern/Carolina style BBQ, but not exclusively. You order at the counter and can take out or sit in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Nayeli G
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Pretty tasty place for BBQ of different types... they do some southern/Carolina style BBQ, but not exclusively. You order at the counter and can take out or sit in.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I visited Durham on a Monday evening. I was looking for a unique local restaurant to try and several were closed on Monday evenings. The Q Shack was open and I'm glad that I gave it a try. The brisket sandwich was smoked nicely and moist. I didn't think that it needed any sauces but they were available. The mac... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Being from NJ, we love trying BBQ restaurants any time we are in the South - and the Q Shack is the best so far! Super fast service too! It's a casual atmosphere, order at the counter, and find a seat inside or out on picnic tables. We all had the "plate" which included your choice of meat and two... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The best thing was the brisket, but I found the sauces average. The hush puppies were over cooked and too greasy. The pulled pork was a bit dry and I had to take my sandwich back because of mold on the bun. I had the mac and cheese and it was also unremarkable. The prices were ok.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The food is wonderful ! The servings are larger than normal, and the sides are so good! This evening they had blue grass band that played there frequently. They were so good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I recently ate at The Q Shack, and it was some of the best and fresh BBQ I have had in a while. All the food was made fresh and hot. While most of the food was delicious, I felt that the hush puppies were dry and there was too much sour cream on the chili. Otherwise, very good food,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great food. I had the pulled pork sandwich, 10/10. It filled me up fast, so be careful with your orders. Most people in my party went home with leftovers. Clean and delicious, only complaint is that the menu is slightly small and the wait can be annoyingly long, but I'm just being picky. Hush puppies are to die for. Good... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It seems like they have slipped a bit... I ordered a pork barbecue sandwich which is supposed to come with slaw (which normally goes in the sandwich) and a side (I chose a side salad). It has happened in the past that they omitted the slaw and it happened again tonight. It was take out so I was just pissed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Nice little hole in the wall joint that has inside and outside seating. Several cooks in the back help things go quickly and smoothly. The BBQ beans were different than any other that I have had. Not my taste. The fried Okra however was the best I've ever had! Our family had the ribs, smoked chicken, and the pulled pork.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Was able to sample the ribs, brisket, and pulled pork and everything was excellent. Plates come with huge portions that include hush puppies and two sides. The fries, cole slaw, mac n cheese were excellent. Don't be intimidated if there are a lot of people, the line moves to fast to order and receive your food.

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?