What it is: The Q-Shack is a BBQ restaurant in Durham. They serve traditional NC barbeque or other varieties including chicken and sausage. All barbeque can be served with several sides that can include onion rings, mac and cheese, fried okra, deviled eggs, fries, and of course, hush puppies. It's got a nice informal atmosphere with TV's mounted on the wall and a great shaded porch with picnic bench seating. I've even been there when they've had live music playing inside. You order your food up at the counter so you can be in and out fairly quickly. They are located next to their partner restaurant, Fish Shack, which just opened up a few weeks ago. I can't wait to go and check it out! Let us know what you think if you've already been there.
What we like: One of the aspects of this restaurant that makes it "kid-friendly" for us is it's location. It's located across the street from Little Gym and Local Yogurt and just down the road from Rockwood and Forest Hills Parks. So, it is in a great location to combine a lunch or dinner there with a class at Little Gym, some play time at the parks, or a sweet treet after you eat at Local Yogurt. We also love it because my toddler enjoys the food! He's such a picky eater, but he really likes the sausage, fries, and hush puppies. We haven't had much luck with other meats there: he won't eat the pulled pork and the chicken is a bit spicy for him, but the sausage is perfect! Their kids' meal also comes with a cookie!
What we would change: It can be a little tricky to find parking on busy nights, but usually there are spaces. That's really one of the few negatives I can come up with.
Website and Directions: The Q-Shack is located at the intersection of 15-501 business and University in Durham.
Address: 2510 University Dr., Durham, NC
Phone Number: (919) 402-4BBQ
Hours: 11am-9pm every day
1. view of the Q-Shack from the front (image courtesy of Q-Shack website)