Checked it out this past Friday, a couple of co-workers tried it out on Thursday. We all compared notes and pretty much had the same opinion, we're sticking with The Q Shack-original Durham location to be specific since I hear there is no affiliation with the Raleigh store anymore.
I had the 3 meat plate (brisket, ribs, hot links) and my wife had the pulled pork which I sampled. The brisket was fine, not dried out although my co-workers said it was really dried out the previous night. I still like the Q Shack's rub better. Sorry to keep bringing up TQS but the menu offerings are really similar. The ribs were really overcooked and dried out, too bad as the sauce was good. The hot links were fine, nothing spectacular but fine. The pulled pork was good. Overall the sides were pretty weak. The mac n' cheese best I can tell was Velveeta Shells and Cheese, the jalapeno beans were kind of bland and waffle fries were.....well waffle fries. The sides at TQS and The BBQ Joint ( the 2 closest BBQ restaraunts ) are way better, no contest at all.
I live really close to Dickey's and was hoping it would be good but The BBQ Joint and The Original Q Shack are pretty much equidistant west/east respectively and to me worth the drive. Even if the briskets were IMO equal the beer option and fountain Cheerwine at TQS is going to beat out the free soft serve cone any day.
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