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Durham Tailgate Food

cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 08:55 AM

After you're done laughing at me for being a Duke Football fan, can anyone recommend some local places to pick up some good tailgate food on a Saturday afternoon? Looking for the usual fare, fried chicken, BBQ etc. but would also like good quality as well. Not interested in chick-fil-a, etc. Thanks.

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  1. carolinadawg RE: cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 09:23 AM

    You could try Bullock's...their fried chicken is pretty good, although their bbq is average at best. Much better bbq can be found at Allen & Son, on Hwy.86 south of Hillsborough. Its actually pretty close to Duke...Mt. Sinai Road connects Hwy 86 (right at A&S) to Erwin Road.

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      Raleighmark RE: cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 09:59 AM

      Not sure if it violates your "not interested in Chick-fil-a" or not, but IMHO Smithfield Chicken and BBQ does a great tailgate package. Very good fried chicken and decent Q.

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        cltsavvy RE: Raleighmark Aug 20, 2008 10:47 AM

        No this kind of place is fine. We'll be staying at the Hilton so as long as something is fairly reasonable to get to we're open to all ideas. thanks.

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          carolinadawg RE: cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 02:11 PM

          Just be aware there's not a Smithfield BBQ in Durham, nor any place very close to Durham. And the 'Q is average, at best IMO.

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        bbqme RE: cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 10:28 AM

        Hog Heaven has great fried chicken and good BBQ. If you're willing to pay a little bit more, The Q Shack has good tailgate packages that includes brisket, beef sausage, and/or pulled pork and iced tea.

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          chili367 RE: bbqme Aug 20, 2008 01:10 PM

          if you're staying at the hilton then bullock's is really close and hog heaven isn't that far away. bullock's is teeming with duke fans, so you won't feel too out of place there :)

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            cltsavvy RE: chili367 Aug 20, 2008 02:21 PM

            Thanks. As a Duke football fan I'm out of place damn near everywhere :) I hope that changes but if nothing else I make sure to eat and drink well.

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          sarahUNC RE: cltsavvy Aug 20, 2008 02:41 PM

          Also not sure what is excluded when you say "not interested in Chik-Fil-A", but Bojangles' is really popular for fried chicken and has a Tailgate Special which comes with chicken, 2 sides, biscuits, and iced tea.

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            cltsavvy RE: sarahUNC Aug 21, 2008 02:09 AM

            Bojangles would be fine if nothing else is available but would prefer something more local. I live in Charlotte so I can get Bojangles anytime. I also eat at the Q Shack location here quite a bit. Looks like we'll do Bullock's or Hog Heaven.

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              josephin RE: cltsavvy Aug 21, 2008 06:00 PM

              Try the Refectory at the Divinity School; they do all kinds of catering through:


              and are very convenient to pick up before a game.

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            suse RE: cltsavvy Aug 23, 2008 07:45 AM

            I'm going to second the Q-Shack. They have nice tailgate packages even. They're not too too far from where you'll be tailgating and offer brisket Q in addition to pork bbq and ribs. No fried chicken, but pulled bbq chicken and excellent sides. Oh, and if you feel like something a bit different - like Mexican food, try la Vaquita (across from 4 Square) - close to the tailgate area - you can't miss it - there's a cow on top of the roof.

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              PeterB RE: suse Aug 24, 2008 03:14 PM

              I'll throw in another vote for the Q Shack tailgate packages. You need at least 6-8 people but it's great.

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