Edited by jbraynolds, 03 January 2004 - 09:59 PM.
New Barbecue Joint
Posted 03 January 2004 - 09:58 PM
Posted 04 January 2004 - 07:52 AM
I also had a fried pie: apple-blueberry. The crust is made with vegetable shortening, not lard, which I expected. The apples in the filling need to be diced a little more finely, as you don't really want big chunks in a fried pie. The flavor was quite good, and sprinkled with lots of cinnamon sugar, it was a nice treat. That was the only flavor they had on hand. They also had one flavor of ice cream -- strawberry-praline -- but I was too full to give it a try.
The Q Shack is not anywhere near the best barbecue restaurant in the State or area, but it's not trying to be. It offers a broad selection of meats and sides at a reasonable price in a pretty fun environment. I'll visit it often.
Finally, one other feature: the President of the Q Shack indicated that they almost always have extra room in their smokers, and if I ever wanted to bring something by for an evening of smoking, they'd be happy to stick it in there. This is apparently a tradition started at the original Durham location, and a nice tradition at that. Cabrito, anyone????
Posted 04 January 2004 - 08:11 AM
Don't you just hate dry turkey.
Posted 05 January 2004 - 09:31 AM
Edited by Guilty Gourmand, 05 January 2004 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 05:33 AM
We had the Chile Rubbed Beef Brisket with Mac & Cheese, and Onion Rings.
And the Mesquite Smoked Beef Sausage with Mac & Cheese, and BBQ Beans
The brisket was dry...and gray...and then a bit drier yet. Decent flavor was there, but you better have some barbecue sauce and a Coke on standby, because after the third bite or so you're going to need a drink....stat. Unfortunately, this is what I was looking forward too, so having it disappoint didn't put me in the best of moods for the rest of the meal.
The sausage itself was not a problem. Good smoky flavor, moist, and a lot of it.
The Mac & Cheese was pretty good. It was very rich, with plenty of cheese and a creamy (almost too creamy) consistency, while avoiding the all too common problem of the macaroni turning into an over cooked mess. The BBQ Baked Beans were probably the best of the sides. Good BBQ flavor, and they hadn't been cooked into submission; still had a little bite to them.
The onion rings were taken frozen from a plastic bag and fried before our eyes, so they were pretty good. A little on the sweet side and (apparently not home made), but still good nonetheless. Specifically chosen as I noticed a lack of Onion rings being held in the warmer tray. Speaking of which, the hushpuppies were decent, but taken from that warmer alongside which sat some lonely looking fried okra which appeared a little past its prime. Enough so, that we were scared away from trying it. The Texas Toast was simply a waste of time. Barely toasted, barely warm, not much flavor.
So why the difference from the mostly glowing reviews written by Varmint? Well, it was 7:00 Wednesday night and there wasn't a single other customer in the place besides us. I guess some of our food (esp. the brisket) was just held too long before serving. I want to like this place, and I suspect it can be better. I'll probably give it another chance, but only if there's a decent sized crowd eating there at the time and then only because of the other reviews above. If I hadn't read those, I'd simply write this place off as nothing special and wouldn't bother fighting NCSU parking to eat there again.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 06:08 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 06:57 AM
On the onion rings - really, they weren't bad. Lightly battered, crispy, just a little bit too sweet, but yeah I was surpised to see they were frozen as they're simple enough to make fresh.
Is this place something special? Nah -- it's good, and once the NC State students return, it'll have a high turnover. As far as the brisket, that's a shame, as the stuff I had was totally different from what you described. I hadn't tried the onion rings, and it truly saddens me that they use frozen product. I'll keep an eye on this place and report back from time to time.
Mostly it was that brisket that got to me. The sides were all okay, better than most barbecue places, but obviously the meat is suppsoed to be the star of that show, so when its not up to par, the sides aren't going to save the day. I actually didn't remember your review, and hadn't had barbecue brisket in over a decade, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I wasn't impressed while eating it, but it wasn't until I read your review describing it as, "incredibly tender and juicy", that I new I got a bum steer. Like I originally said, there was good flavor there, it was just too dry.
Probably try lunch there in a couple of weeks once NCSU is back in full swing and If it happens again...I'll take it back and ask them to try again or get me some pulled pork. But really, I think it's just a problem they're going to have when turnover is low...literally there for 30-40 minutes and was the only customer the entire time. 7:00 wed when NCSU is on break is not the time to go.
btw...Is it possible to write about barbecue without using phrases like "Get me some pulled pork"? Think I've got a Southern Accent? Nope, not even close. :)
Edited by Random Alias, 08 January 2004 - 07:11 AM.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 09:26 AM