“Best Value” according to Money Magazine, “Best BBQ” according to New Times and Ocean Drive Magazine, and named “Best Family Dining” by Gourmet Magazine, Shorty’s on U.S. 1 in South Miami does not disappoint barbeque lovers. Since 1951 the original Shorty’s has been pleasing hungry diners with ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and all the fixin’s. John introduced me to Shorty’s communal dining about ten years ago. A place he remembered fondly from his bi-weekly meals at Shorty’s…a favorite place to eat on Tuesdays when his mom was taking courses earning her master’s degree at UM.
Other than being air-conditioned, Shorty’s proved to be just as John remembered. Diners sit at long picnic style tables elbow to elbow with strangers. No napkins but rolls of paper towels to mop up the BBQ sauce. Waitresses bring brown paper lunch bags to contain the mess and small cups of warm water at the end of the meal so guests can clean up before they leave.
On a recent visit we ordered a pulled pork and brisket sandwich with fries, slaw, and beans to share. Somehow John forgot to order the corn-on-the-cob, his favorite side. Guess we’ll have to make a return trip for the corn and grab a slice of key lime pie for dessert. Shorty’s, a five star dining experience!