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Danny's BBQ in Cary. Bad. Real bad

Westy Dec 30, 2011 11:00 AM

my usual BBQ place for Friday BBQ (Smokey's in morrisville) was closed, so I went to Danny's in Cary.

It is in a strip of medical supply places. Maybe the steamed-tasting, fatty, salty ribs would appeal to their consumers. Fell off the bone in a bad way, salty and greasy.

I thought Dixie Belle was the worst 'cue int eh area, but Danny's has to be awfully close.

Bad decision. Bad food. Do not recommedn it to anyone even as a temporary bbq fix.



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  1. LulusMom RE: Westy Dec 30, 2011 01:54 PM

    Thanks for helping save the rest of us from a bad meal! Sorry you had to take the bullet.

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      supernc RE: Westy Dec 30, 2011 06:32 PM

      I must post with my experiences. I normally eat at the brick and mortar store but had their catered event at a wedding recently. I complemented the servers on the fact that I could smell the hardwood BBQ cooked meat all the way from the front door.

      Maybe it was a bad day or they cook their ribs differently than their Pork BBQ. dunno?

      Supernc- who cooks his butts on Lump with no paraffin starters on a Weber to 180 then sliced. Dry rubbed night B4

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        joanieloch RE: Westy Dec 31, 2011 06:35 PM

        We have only two more days in the area. Allen and Son was closed today, and I would really like some good Q while here. Someone recommended Q-shack. Any thoughts on them or maybe I should try Smokey's??? I would love some help :)

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        1. re: joanieloch
          zippypinhead RE: joanieloch Dec 31, 2011 07:40 PM

          I'm not from the area but have had some good experiences at The Pig in Chapel Hill. I've stopped there several times on my way to RDU
          www.thepigrestaurant dot com

          1. re: zippypinhead
            brsmith2 RE: zippypinhead Jan 1, 2012 03:50 AM

            Absolutely agree about The Pig. Great meats and great sides too.

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          Nibbs RE: Westy Jan 1, 2012 06:35 PM

          I have to defend Danny's. I've been eating Danny's BBQ for the better part of 14 years. When the sign went up in RTP 10 years ago, I started calling asking them when that branch would open. They are by no means an NC BBQ restaurant (nor do they claim to be), but they are great for several reasons.

          - Sauce. Great hot sauce and really good sweet sauce. The closest I've had to their hot sauce was at Authur Bryants in KC.
          - chopped pork - good amount of smoke to the meat. Not artificially wet or too tender/mushy.
          - fries. My favorite fries in the area. Behind it are Vin Rouge, Ruc Cler and Pooles when they make fries. My wife would rank the others higher, but agrees that Danny's are worth eating.
          - Their turkey is also excellent. Although I've had it all of 3 times in 15 years.

          Please consider giving them another shot. I've had a pork plate with fries and slaw probably > 150 times in my life. If I ever leave NC for somewhere else, it would be one of the first places I would miss. I respect your opinion, and I've never had the ribs so I can't speak to them. I may be a Yankee, but I have done a head on whole pig over hickory I burned down to charcoal myself, and I'll eat Danny's any day.

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          1. re: Nibbs
            ToothTooth RE: Nibbs Jan 2, 2012 09:20 AM

            The pork BBQ at Smokeys is terrible and the sauce is a miserably sweet KFC Masterpiece wannabe. I would suggest you only go there if completely desperate for some Q. On the other hand, I highly endorse The Pig in Chapel Hill.

            1. re: ToothTooth
              bbqme RE: ToothTooth Jan 5, 2012 07:50 AM

              I disagree. Smokey's sauce is fairly sweet but balanced with some heat, sort of like if you took Kansas City style sauce and Texas style sauce and mixed them together. I don't particularly care for Smokey's pork barbeque but his ribs, brisket, and smoked wings are very tasty. And while I love The Pig's other offerings-- the pastrami and andouille are killer-- the pulled pork barbeque is just okay.

              For NC style que the only place that satisfies me in the Triangle is Allen & Son, the one b/w Chapel Hill and Hillsburough.

              1. re: bbqme
                Westy RE: bbqme Jan 5, 2012 08:05 AM

                Agreed. TX sauce is thinner, and Kansas City is much thicker, and much, much sweeter. His ribs are outstanding. I like the banana pudding when he has it.

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            Leadmine RE: Westy Jan 3, 2012 08:09 AM

            Very helpful review, but Dixie Belle the worst?

            Are you forgetting the Barbeque Lodge in Raleigh? Pureed 'cue soaked in grease and vinegar makes it the worst around.

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            1. re: Leadmine
              Westy RE: Leadmine Jan 4, 2012 05:37 AM

              never been.

              Thanks, by the way, for a stomach-churning visual image.

              1. re: Westy
                Leadmine RE: Westy Jan 4, 2012 06:10 AM

                Sorry. I recently tried it again as a friend had bought some and I wanted to see if it was still as bad as I remembered. It sure was. My description doesn't even do it justice.

                1. re: Leadmine
                  Westy RE: Leadmine Jan 4, 2012 06:23 AM

                  I tried Old Time BBQ in cary as well. I heard it had gone downhill in recent years. It was really not very good. A shame, as it has a great feel to it.

                  For a much better experience: Wilber's in Goldsboro, or Cooper's in Raleigh.


                  1. re: Westy
                    Leadmine RE: Westy Jan 4, 2012 07:53 AM

                    Old Time is mildly better than Barbeque Lodge. At least they don't puree the meat. I agree with you on the feel of OT though. If they ever get motivated to really start cooking it would be a gem.

                    My experience with Wilbur's is hit or miss, as Cooper's has been, although I still like Wilbur's. I'd really like to try Smokey's one day, but their hours are really not in my favor. I've been by twice before and they were closed.

                    If you've never tried B's before, I highly recommend it.

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              goodeatsinadive RE: Westy Jan 4, 2012 08:36 AM

              Hillsborough BBQ Co. that recently opened in Hillsborough is pretty good. Not quite as good as the original Allen & Son in Hillsborough, but definitely a contender. Beats almost anything else in the triangle area. We've eaten there 4 or 5 times since they opened and have yet to have a bad meal... some of their sides could use some work, but when I want bbq, the sides are just that - sides.

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                joanieloch RE: Westy Jan 4, 2012 06:31 PM

                Tried Allen and Son (Chappel Hill) several times during our stay and they were closed. We ended up at Q-Shack and our party of four were all happy with it. The pulled pork was good, all of our sides were good, but our ribs were outstanding. Some of the best I've ever had, and I've had a four foot cast iron smoker for almost 20 years. I'm no pro, but I'm very picky about my ribs. These were smokey, tender, still on the bone (I hate it when they completely fall off), lightly sauced. I really liked them. Thanks for listening :)

                1. Naco RE: Westy Jan 5, 2012 06:29 AM

                  So what I'm getting is that Cary isn't really a barbecue mecca...

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                    Notaslavetofashion RE: Naco Jan 5, 2012 06:32 AM


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