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The Original Q Shack

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2510 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707
+1 919-402-4227
11:00 - 21:00
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Warren, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This food here was absolutely wonderful! I had a chopped sandwich and my husband had a brisket platter. It was cooked well with just the right seasoning.

Thank kcspivey
Durham, North Carolina
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532 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The brisket is the star here, in my mind. Ribs are solidly good, fall off the bone, the pulled pork is pretty solid as well, and the wings are quite good as well. However, the brisket is really great - thick cut, packed with flavor, generous servings. Sides are pretty much all good also - collard greens, okra, mac 'n... More 

Thank ckassotis
Durham, NC, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The barbecue in this restaurant is really great. The side vegetables make you feel like you have home cooking.

Thank davesenel
Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! We've ordered food for 20 people and always get alot and it is always delicious. The service is just as good as the food. I highly recommend this place for North Carolina BBQ.

Thank tayloratsb
Durham, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to the Q for 15 years now. The brisket is unbelievable, it is like Texas (even my friends from Austin agree). Generous portions, fast service, good value for your money. Not much on desserts.

Thank Larry M
Saarbrucken, Germany
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to introduce BBQ for visitors, atmosphere was great with the live music. And food was also good too. A little bit too heavily season but it's alright.

Thank hsu123
Raleigh, North Carolina
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78 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the upper end of an average "DND" BBQ place. The BBQ food is good. Atmosphere is lacking. Sides are few. We go there four times a year and know what to expect.

Thank Mike C
Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the closet Texas Brisket I have found since moving away from Texas. Great food, great atmosphere. Everyone who works there are very friendly. The best times to go are in between the peak lunch and dinner times. Parking is very limited, so at noon to around 1:30, and 5 to around 7, I would advise not to go.... More 

Thank melaniedwoods
Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Best brisket I have ever had....tender and moist.. creamed spinach is too die for. I go buy sometimes and get a pint of the spinach...

Thank Connie C
Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Great BBQ at the right price. Informal and comfortable place for any occasion. Awesome ribs. Not much on draft but got okay bottle beers

Thank peter k

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2510 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-402-4227

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?