Cary >Restaurants > Dannys Bar B Que
311 Ashville Ave, Cary, NC | Directions 2751135.737907 -78.784938
Mon-Thu 11:30am-8:30pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-9pm
This review does come with one caveat: I'm a semi-vegetarian, so barbecue places generally don't cater to me. I do eat fish, however, and these days that means I can find something that appeals to me in most restaurants. At Danny's, the catfish sandwich was the only entree option that meets my veggies and fish standards. It tasted okay, because the catfish was deep-fried and sandwiched between two pieces of heavily buttered Texas toast. Needless to say, I felt really unhealthy and lethargic after eating. Sometimes a completely unhealthy and indulgent meal is worth it, but this one wasn't tasty enough to warrant all the fat and calories. To top it off, the atmosphere is really strip-mall, and "family." All that said, the service is pretty good, and if you like filling up on loads of fried food, including lots of meat, you might enjoy it more than I did.
Rude! – We really liked this place for a while but after our recent experience we will never go back. People, this isn't a "family" establishment DO NOT let its down home appearance fool you. Horrible service, nasty owner. We will NEVER go back. We were treated SO badly and even when I told them it would affect our decision to dine there again and said this has been our favorite spot for a long time we were told they didn't care and don't bother coming back. Obviously they don't value long term relationships with their customers. I was in SHOCK.
Lots of better choices around – Mediocre meats, indifferent service and overpriced.
I can't think of a single reason to return to any of this mini-chain's three locations set in suburban strip malls. While they do offer Texas-style beef brisket, a rarity in these parts, none of their meats are notably good. The brisket was less than remarkable and the Carolina pulled pork was greasy and thoroughly unappetizing.
And the staff seemed to be on autopilot, never asking if we were satisfied or even offering a thanks when they presented the bill at the meal's end. We received our bill and were simply told, "They can take that at the cash register."
Danny's offered a wide variety of sauces including a catchup-like tomato sauce, an odd tasting mustard-based sauce and a very poor rendering of Eastern Carolina vinegar sauce. All were disappointing.
I've got to wonder how this place had grown to three locations and achieved some recognition in the area when there are so many other authentic BBQ spots where they have a real pit smoker going that you can smell when you get near them. Try The Pit or Clyde Coopers in Raleigh, or Bullocks in Durham for authentic BBQ.
Great food, service, and prices – I went to NC for a Flyers game. I knew before I left I wanted BBQ. When I got down there a few local people recommended Danny's so I gave them a try. The food was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The staff was very friendly even though I was wearing my Flyers shirt and hat on game day.
It was so good that I went back the next day for lunch before I left. Both days I had the 3 meat combo and baked beans. The waitress remember my order from the previous day. The only thing that didn't stand out were the french fries. Nothing bad, but not special in any way.
If you are in or near Cary, NC Danny's is a great choice.
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Great food, apathetic service – We ordered take out BBQ (a large order) and when I came to pick it up the people at the counter seemed uninterested and almost bothered when I asked questions about the order and requested sauce. The staff was not making any effort to be helpful. The BBQ is good but the service is poor.
Forgettable at Best – Even after setting my base standard at "BBQ Restaurant in a Cary strip mall," I still cannot in good faith say many good things about Danny's. The banana pudding was pretty good, the texas toart tased like toast, which I like, the corn was decent too. However, the BBQ was severely lacking in taste and consistency, the hushpuppies were terrible, and I couldn't find any Texas Pete anywhere. Steer clear.
Don't Listen to some of these jokers – Danny's is awesome, great food at a great price. Forget this guy jbar or whatever, he was obviously having a bad day...
Skip It if you can! – We'll anybody see the Beard on the guy that handles the "cooked food "at the Ashville Ave location? It is ZZ-Top Calibre and I do not think with no him having no rubberbands, a net or any protection I will eat there again. No offense, but isn't that a health violation? The BBQ is OK, if you like the very strong artificial smoked flavor. It is a little overpowering and hides the natural pork flavor. In addition they offer no hot sauce except there own which in itself defeats the Eastern North Carolina Style by being to SAUCY. That being said, the vinigar bottle on the table is just plain vinigar and they provide Industrial Grade Ketchup, not name brand. Common Guy's it would take so little for you to get me to 3 or 4 stars, for Cary anyway. This place has a captive lunch following because they are across from Regency, it would not be there if it didn't.
No atmosphere but great, inexpensive BBQ – I see several people have been upset by the service. I don't know if those experinces were in the Cary store or the RTP location. Don't let that stop you, it is rare. The place is not fancy, just a nice small town, family owned restaurant with very good BBQ. I've been going for 24 years, ever since I moved to Cary and I've never been dissatisfied with the lunch or dinner.
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