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The Q Shack

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2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2156
(919) 402-4227
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Southport, CT
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373 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with a couple of friends of my son. I had the 3 meat combo including BBQ chicken, braised beef short ribs, and pulled pork. The specials also include a couple of Sides including Mac and cheese, creamed spinach, etc. The counter staff were very polite. The staff do not speak much English, but are able to comment in Best... More 

Thank elaine3Southport
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Like many BBQ joints in NC, the sauce is added by you as an afterthought, not cooked in, as many people prefer the NC vinegar-based sauce, but many others prefer the red BBQ sauce popular in other parts of the country. I find the quality here pretty good, but for some reason - the sauce maybe? the taste is not... More 

Thank Jay E
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Pork butt, ribs, fries, slaw and, of course, hush puppies were all sampled by our crew. It was all tasty but it all had just a bit of a kick in the spice department. Not extreme but if you have "spice wimps" in your crowd it may not go over well. The staff was extraordinarily friendly. Thanks. We'll be back.

Thank Jacsprat70
South Plainfield, New Jersey
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed my first visit to Q Shack so much, that I went back for more before my vacation was over. Fun atmosphere on Sunday nights, live band and delicious food. Loved the sides as much as the bbq! Will definitely return next visit to Durham.

Thank S J
Durham, North Carolina
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141 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Q Shack still delivers. Great for take-away, and if you don'the mind some noise and the decidedly casual dinig room, great for eating in. I can'tell rate the pork (don'the eat it), but the brisket and the chicken are great!

Thank Balfour S
Advance, North Carolina, United States
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got a two meat combo for $13. The pork ribs were fatty and a little chewy and the briskett was fatty and a bit mushy. The Mac and Cheese was good the beans were not edible. Hush puppies were amazing. If I go back I will try the pulled pork and fries.

Thank JoesueFree
Brooklyn, Michigan
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The chicken and ribs were awesome. The ribs had great smoked flavor and good texture. The chicken was smoked but moist. Go early, once they run out of something, there done with that item for the day. The deserts were homemade and delicious. I will go back the next time I'm in town.

Thank Darrell_Whife
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122 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Q Shack was the 56th different NC BBQ restaurant that we've eaten at since we started our NC BBQ Road Trip Adventure 4 years ago. We had heard very good things about the BBQ, sides and desserts, and we had high expectations.....which were met. We split a pulled pork plate; the BBQ was tasty and juicy (although I prefer... More 

Thank charliespr
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I searched for this place when I found out we'd be heading back to the area. Thank goodness I have a good memory. I was able to find it on trip advisor. My daughter and I had found this gem a few years ago and had an unforgettable meal. This time the whole family was with me. We had plates... More 

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Oak Island, North Carolina
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90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

1st visit - 1 regular rib plate (2 sides) & 1 pork BBQ sandwich (1 side) were very good. Order at counter and walk to your table with your order, open seating. Very popular. Inside A/C tables and outside porch seating. A good choice for BBQ lovers.

Thank bobatthebeach999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2514 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707-2156
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 402-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?