A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Turkey at The Q Shack in Durham, NC

A Sandwich a Day

A different sandwich profiled every single day.

In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Erin Meister]

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North Carolinians are pretty serious about unadulterated barbecue—maybe especially when it comes to making sandwiches out of it. The smoked turkey on Texas toast ($6.50) from The Q Shack is exactly what it sounds like: a deliciously simple meat-and-bread combo, ready for a slathering of one of the Shack's two housemade sauces (the potent vinegar-based garlic and chili or slightly sweet tomato with a nice snap of chipotle). The super moist hickory- and mesquite-smoked turkey practically disintegrates in your mouth, but you can tenuously hold it together by squeezing the perfect, pillowy white bread.

Who needs lettuce and tomato? Especially when there's a side of hushpuppies to shovel into your maw instead. That counts as a vegetable, right?

The Q Shack

2510 University Drive, Durham NC 27707 (map) 919-402-4227
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