9200 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
Phone: (305) 670-5125
Phone: (205) 670-7732
Shorty's Bar-B-Q Corporative Office
Shorty's BBQ-South Miami
Shorty's Bar-B-Q Corporate Office
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, Take Out, Fast Food, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Good For Family: Yes
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SOUTH MIAMI, FL. – One the last American-style, western-theme restaurants in the city, Shorty’s BBQ continues to spice the palates of locals and travelers alike. I had 48-hours left in Miami and I couldn’t leave without tasting that famous homemade BBQ sauce of theirs.
I went cruising down South Dixie Highway at high noon, when I saw their iconic flagship store with its bright red neon lights that read “SHORTY’S.” Just then, I flashed back in time. Edward Louis “Shorty” Allen, who started the business back in 1951 from a barbecue stand, passed away in 2013 at the age of 104 (Woah!) But he left a legacy that it is unique to South Florida and its community.
I parked my car, went in and sat down.
“I’ll have the beef brisket, ma’am – with ice tea” I said. When I tried it was a bit heavy on the pepper seasoning, but overall an excellent choice.
Aside from their nostalgic décor, the true star of the restaurant is their slow cooked baby back ribs with that famous sauce only found at Shorty’s. Other items on the menu include the beef spare ribs, chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, and of course their delicious coleslaw which is always chock full of celery salt which gives it a great tasted and creaminess at the same time. The corn on the cob is sweet, perfectly cooked and drenched in butter – the way it’s meant to be eaten. And a small side or BBQ baked beans makes this dish complete.
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11/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have alway liked to have new experience with food, but this one I could have done without...
My partner and I made a trip to Shorty's BBQ in Deerfield Beach in the hopes of having a decent meal, we obliviously had bargained for too much.
We were aware of this very soon on when we walked in, we stood at an empty hostess station for 3 to 4 minutes before we were finally attended to. Another server came out and asked us or herself ""where is this girl?"", referring to the server that we would unfortunately be serving us. We were seated and finally our server Rachel came over reeking of cigarettes, I asked her if she had just come back from a smoke and if so, did she wash her hands? She said she had not , and she said that she ""always washes her hands though..."" We were not buying it at all.
When we looked at the menu, we where never helped by her as to what they offered and we where never told about the specials or combos. That made ordering a longer and unpleasant experience. I said to her that I wanted to have ribs. All she did was point with her dirty hands at the items on the page I was looking at. She never showed us the combos page or made any other selling suggestions.
While we were waiting for our food, she was sweeping up and doing some end of shift cleaning. When our food was ready, she did not wash her hands before going into the kitchen. She may have done so in the back out of our sight, but I don't believe that she did.
When the food came to the table, my partners pulled pork sandwich was not hot at all, I asked her how they heated up the pork, she said that was not done in a microwave. She took the plate and returned in 2 minutes and the pork was warmer but still not hot and the BBQ sauce had not changed color , this is a a sure indicator that it was reheated in a microwave oven and not in a saute pan.
When she had put my food down, her fingers were in the food, I was losing my appetite by the minute.
My ribs were hot enough and so were my veg, but they lacked flavor and seasoning.
The price was reasonable for the sandwich, $7.79, but 15.99 for flavorless ribs I thought was just bit too much.
Durning the course of the meal we were never asked if we wanted more to drink or how our food was. There was a clear absence of any kind of management there and lack of interest in the quality of the food or the service. We were very disappointed in the overall experience
In summery, If you want bad service cold-hot food and do this in a dirty place, then Shorty's is for you? I would say that this a place to avoid and tell your friend to avoid as well.
When I followed up with phone call to the corporate office, I spoke with Regina, she said I needed to speak with Mark. But he was in a meeting and I needed to call back in an hour. She never asked me for my Name or phone # to have Mark call me back. So my assumption is that the problems in this small chain of restaurants are systemic, from the top on down.
In this economy where a night out is a special and infrequent occasion for some, and this and all restaurants should make every attempt to ensure that they retain costumers and give them a good reason to return. They did everything to ensure that we never return and tell everyone of our bad experience there so they cal avoid this restaurant and all of their the stores.
03/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place has amazing BBQ. The ribs, pulled pork sandwich, onion rings and sweet potato are fabulous- this is proper Southern BBQ at its finest. I'm completely addicted to this place and sometimes pass up opportunities to go to more upscale restaurants to go to Shorty's. Its also a great value for your money. Make sure you go to their website before going because they often post coupons. Service is colorful but good. The one thing that sometimes disappoints me about the place is that more than once when I've been there, they've run out of something I've wanted to order.
03/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Even when BBQ is bad -- it is still tasty. Unfortunately, that doesn't hold true for Shorty's. The Shorty's on South Dixie Hwy serves low quality products and ranks low on the taste meter. The pork is hard and stringy, and the spare ribs have less meat on them than Nicole Ritchie at an anorexics anonymous meeting. The sauce is not thick and sweet or even slightly spicy like good BBQ should be, but namely brown, runny, vinegary goop. At first, I thought we had come to this place on a bad day, so we went back last week and had the same disappointing experience. If you've lived in Florida most of your life and have never experienced southern BBQ, or even Texas or Chicago BBQ, then I guess this mediocre fare would fit your palate. But if you've been enlightened and have had even moderately good BBQ in another locale, then you'll understand that Shorty's is just a pretender. Don't be fooled -- Shorty's has been around a long time not because it's good, but ONLY because it has no real competition from any other traditional BBQ houses in South Florida.
10/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Miami native remembers the old Shorty's way ago in the late 50's and 60's when you had to wait your turn in a long line for the finest barbecue is South Florida. Sadly, today's Shorty's is but a shadow of what it once was, the passion is just not there. Still, good barbecue, especially recommended is the half chicken platter or for lesser appetites the ridiculously cheap priced pork or beef sandwich. Avoid the ribs. My advice is to skip the US1 Shorty's and ask for directions to the Bird Road restaurant, far superior, imo.
08/31/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Shorty's is not what it once was. Years ago, we'd stand on line for half an hour waiting to get in. Now, the food seems too mediocre for such a long wait. The ribs, sauces, and Key Lime pie are good but the fries have got to be the worst ever made. The coleslaw is too ""goopy"" and the beans are just ""okay"". Come on, Shorty's, we miss the old days!!!