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“Don't Spare the Spare Ribs”
Review of Duck Deli

Duck Deli
Ranked #14 of 35 Restaurants in Duck
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Livingston, New Jersey
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't Spare the Spare Ribs”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

28 years vacationing in Duck and I have never, repeat, never missed ordering the bbq spare ribs at the Duck Deli after the first time I had the opportunity to savor them. The flavor is rich and the odor wafts into the nostrils. Have you ever entered an Italian deli with all those delicious cheeses hanging from the ceiling? Remember how the smell causes that pain around your jaw? Remember how the juices started to flow? Well, just smell those bbqed spare ribs. You walk in and there they are just waiting for you to take home. You can eat outside or inside or take them home. The place is small so most guests order take-out. Try the sandwiches too! It's not like those places where you get a slice of ham and a slice of cheese hidden somewhere in the middle of a huge roll. Just a great food place!

  • Visited July 2012
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Athens, Greece
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“Best ribs on the Outer Banks”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Duck deli serves the best ribs on the Outer Banks. They are smoked so long, they are pink and taste almost like ham rather than the more normal ribs you get in most places. I recommend the them dry, but you can add various sauces later. The chicken is great, too, smoky and tender. The ladies who work there are always cheerful and friendly. It's a casual place; wear whatever you want; just come hungry.

  • Visited June 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Local place, okay food, friendly people, great for take out”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick dinner before a drive home with kids. The pork BBQ was just okay - lacked real smoked flavor and was not tender. The Philly Cheese was very good. Kid's meal nuggets were small low quality over fried junk. Hush puppies were good but not great. Small tight parking lot. I would recommend Duck Deli for take out. Grab some food to take back to the beach house. The staff is amazingly nice!! Portion size was good and large. Over priced, but, hey, it's Duck.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Great stop”
Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We just happened upon this little place by accident. Some of the best BBQ we have ever had, and we have had a lot. Sauce was perfect. Husband was happy V-8 was on menu. Clean bathrooms too!

  • Visited April 2013
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Lutherville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Casual Excellence.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Easter Dinner was different and Duck Deli is what the doctor ordered. BBQ, Sandwiches and salads in a über casual setting with over the top service made for a great meal and established Duck Deli as an OBX staple for this family. Highly recommended. Generous portions, too. Family friendly!

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