Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Que

The Triangle area has a bunch of great BBQ restaurants (think Q-Shack, Bullocks, Allen & Son, etc.), so we were intrigued when another new BBQ stop entered the scene in downtown Durham. The other really interesting piece of information that we had was that this new restaurant, the Que, was opened by Ed Mitchell, the same pitmaster that beat famous chef Bobby Flay on a television Throwdown and also opened up the popular restaurant, The Pit (with whom he parted ways a few years ago).

What it is: The Que is located right next to the Durham Bulls ballpark in Downtown Durham.  So, for our visit, we parked in across the street in the American Tobacco Campus parking and walked the short way over.  We were seated quickly and were ready to eat.  The kids' menu wasn't available yet on paper, but the waitress was able to tell us the options which were pretty standard.  My boys selected the grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese.  The grown up menus had some great BBQ plates and some creative appetizers.  We chose the brisket and chopped bbq sandwiches and the mac and cheese and baked beans as sides.  We also had to try the Velveeta and pork rinds appetizer.  All of the food was yummy, but as we found at the Pit, the entrees were better than the sides.

What we liked:  We liked the quality of the meat-Ed Mitchell can really cook some meat.  Plus, the appetizers were very creative.  The location of The Que right next to the ballpark gives families another great option for dining in Downtown.

What we would change:  As as said, the sides weren't our favorite part, and they didn't have a written kids' menu.  However, since they just opened, they may just have some new restaurant kinks to work out.

Website and other important information:

Website: http://edmitchellsque.com/

Address: 359 Blackwell St. #130, Durham, NC 27701

Hours:  Everyday 11am-9pm


(A view from the outside)

(Our yummy appetizers)

(A view from our seats-Notice the ballpark out the window.)

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