Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs

★★★★★
  • 214 S White St

    Wake Forest, NC 27587

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  • 919-556-8026

About Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs

Hours
mon - fri 11 am- 7 pm. sat 11am- 3 pm

Food

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i went to wake forest to walk around town an explore the town. but when i got out of the car the most amazing aroma caught my attention, where was it coming from i wonderded, so i followed my nose an it lead me to one of the best lunches i

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★★★★★

i went to wake forest to walk around town an explore the town. but when i got out of the car the most amazing aroma caught my attention, where was it coming from i wonderded, so i followed my nose an it lead me to one of the best lunches i

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Ok went here with co workers. This was one of the biggest mistakes ever!!! While placing my order at the disgusting register I set my cell phone on the counter. When I went to pick my phone up it was missing. The only person around me was

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★★★★★

Ok went here with co workers. This was one of the biggest mistakes ever!!! While placing my order at the disgusting register I set my cell phone on the counter. When I went to pick my phone up it was missing. The only person around me was

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I read all the reviews saying how good this place was and when I got there i was surprisingly disappointed. I thought I was gonna have this fantastic heavenly hot dog but after 1 bite I decided I would have prefered to make my own hot dogs

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★★★★★

I read all the reviews saying how good this place was and when I got there i was surprisingly disappointed. I thought I was gonna have this fantastic heavenly hot dog but after 1 bite I decided I would have prefered to make my own hot dogs

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If you didn't grow up here you might not like it but, it's a place that's been around a long time. I love the hot dogs. I usually get them to go. This place may not suite some but, for people that know the history we love them. It's hot dogs Wake Forest style before Wake Forest became infested with outsiders.

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★★★★☆

If you didn't grow up here you might not like it but, it's a place that's been around a long time. I love the hot dogs. I usually get them to go. This place may not suite some but, for people that know the history we love them. It's hot dogs Wake Forest style before Wake Forest became infested with outsiders.

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THEY HAVE THE TRADITIONAL RED SOUTHERN HOT DOG, JESSE JONES BRAND,ALSO OFFER A ALL BEEF DOG TOO. THE BUNS ARE STEAMED AN THE CHILI SAUSE IS HOMEMADE AN VERY GOOD,SWEET COLE SLAW IF YOU WANT IT. GRILLED HOT DOGS. THEY ARE WOUNDERFUL. I

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★★★★★

THEY HAVE THE TRADITIONAL RED SOUTHERN HOT DOG, JESSE JONES BRAND,ALSO OFFER A ALL BEEF DOG TOO. THE BUNS ARE STEAMED AN THE CHILI SAUSE IS HOMEMADE AN VERY GOOD,SWEET COLE SLAW IF YOU WANT IT. GRILLED HOT DOGS. THEY ARE WOUNDERFUL. I

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i don't recommend, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired and the food is nothing to write home about.

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★★★★☆

i don't recommend, the atmosphere leaves something to be desired and the food is nothing to write home about.

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I couldn't believe that a place with hotdogs in the name and a place that serves mainly hotdogs has BAD hotdogs. You are better off going to the local gas station. And the chili for the chilidogs was the worst chili I had ever tasted. I scraped it off my dog and was still unable to finish the hotdog.

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★☆☆☆☆

I couldn't believe that a place with hotdogs in the name and a place that serves mainly hotdogs has BAD hotdogs. You are better off going to the local gas station. And the chili for the chilidogs was the worst chili I had ever tasted. I scraped it off my dog and was still unable to finish the hotdog.

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I lived in this place as a teenager, and loved it. I've been back frequently as an adult, as well. It's one of the few places in downtown Wake Forest that has survived through the years. The food is greasy, but good. The hotdogs are awesome! The owner and employees are friendly with the customers. There are pool tables in the back to play pool for quarters. I don't recommend it as a kid-friendly place, as it can get smokey. But if you're looking for a dive-like little place with good food and nice staff, I recommend checking this place out.

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★★★★★

I lived in this place as a teenager, and loved it. I've been back frequently as an adult, as well. It's one of the few places in downtown Wake Forest that has survived through the years. The food is greasy, but good. The hotdogs are awesome! The owner and employees are friendly with the customers. There are pool tables in the back to play pool for quarters. I don't recommend it as a kid-friendly place, as it can get smokey. But if you're looking for a dive-like little place with good food and nice staff, I recommend checking this place out.

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I grew up in Wake Forest and remember going to the Christmas parade as a little girl and always having a Shorty's hot dog while waiting for the parade to start. And of course I had to go there during lunch when I was in high school. Still, to this day, no one else's hot dogs even remotely compare to Shorty's (and I was in high school a long time ago). There's nothing fancy about the place, but who cares when their hot dogs are this good. And every once in a while if you eat there instead of taking your food to-go, you'll hear the train going by just behind the old building. It kinda makes you feel like you're visiting the past. You're not going to find a better hot dog anywhere. God Bless Shorty's!!

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★★★★★

I grew up in Wake Forest and remember going to the Christmas parade as a little girl and always having a Shorty's hot dog while waiting for the parade to start. And of course I had to go there during lunch when I was in high school. Still, to this day, no one else's hot dogs even remotely compare to Shorty's (and I was in high school a long time ago). There's nothing fancy about the place, but who cares when their hot dogs are this good. And every once in a while if you eat there instead of taking your food to-go, you'll hear the train going by just behind the old building. It kinda makes you feel like you're visiting the past. You're not going to find a better hot dog anywhere. God Bless Shorty's!!

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My husband and I are new to the area. We decided to go to shortys for lunch. Neither of us have ever had a southern dog before. I loved them! so did my husband. I had two dogs with chili and my husband had two dogs with chili and onions. The southern red hot dogs are mild in taste and smaller than compared to the northern hot dogs I am used too. I have to say hands down they taste better! The decor is outdated(70's style) but that does not bother me. It would be nice if someday the owner could restore it to look similar to when it first opened. We were there for lunch on a wednsday around 1:30 and it was not crowded. We will definately be back.

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★★★★★

My husband and I are new to the area. We decided to go to shortys for lunch. Neither of us have ever had a southern dog before. I loved them! so did my husband. I had two dogs with chili and my husband had two dogs with chili and onions. The southern red hot dogs are mild in taste and smaller than compared to the northern hot dogs I am used too. I have to say hands down they taste better! The decor is outdated(70's style) but that does not bother me. It would be nice if someday the owner could restore it to look similar to when it first opened. We were there for lunch on a wednsday around 1:30 and it was not crowded. We will definately be back.

Pros: great hot dogs!

Cons: none

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My husband was born and raised in Wake Forest, and he thinks Shorty's hot dogs are just short of nirvana. I, on the other hand, grew up a few counties over and I don't see what all the fuss is about. My personal opinion is that they're just hot dogs - the red, Jesse Jones-style hot dogs - that come on a steamed bun (that's kind of nice) with Texas Pete canned chili, onions, and mustard. The fries are good - thick and potatoey - and you have your choice of canned and bottled drinks. Personally, I've had better. But alas, I'm in the minority. Up here in Wake Forest, the locals will line up out the door to get a taste of Shorty's dogs. Nobody doesn't love them. My mother-in-law, a native who moved out-of-town a few years ago, even has us bring a bag full of them to her every time we visit. So even though I don't get it, who am I to trample on an age-old tradition? Go check out Shorty's for yourself and see if it sends you to hot dog heaven.

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★★★★☆

My husband was born and raised in Wake Forest, and he thinks Shorty's hot dogs are just short of nirvana. I, on the other hand, grew up a few counties over and I don't see what all the fuss is about. My personal opinion is that they're just hot dogs - the red, Jesse Jones-style hot dogs - that come on a steamed bun (that's kind of nice) with Texas Pete canned chili, onions, and mustard. The fries are good - thick and potatoey - and you have your choice of canned and bottled drinks. Personally, I've had better. But alas, I'm in the minority. Up here in Wake Forest, the locals will line up out the door to get a taste of Shorty's dogs. Nobody doesn't love them. My mother-in-law, a native who moved out-of-town a few years ago, even has us bring a bag full of them to her every time we visit. So even though I don't get it, who am I to trample on an age-old tradition? Go check out Shorty's for yourself and see if it sends you to hot dog heaven.

Pros: The locals love it

Cons: Sometimes crowded, indifferent service

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Soft warm buns, red southern style weiner (Jesse Jones to be exact), mustard, cole slaw that is not too sweet and a meaty chili with just the right zing or add a dash or two of Texas Pete (a North Carolina product with a Texas name - go figure) if you want a little extra heat. We drive 40+ minutes each way just to get these hot dogs. These types of dogs used to be found all over NC, but are getting harder and harder to find. (Plenty of the all beef, kosher, Sarbrett, Chicago style, etc) but the old southern style red hot dogs are what we like. Burgers and other things are good, but we drive the distance to get the Hot Dogs. Still have Cokes in the glass bottles too.

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★★★★★

Soft warm buns, red southern style weiner (Jesse Jones to be exact), mustard, cole slaw that is not too sweet and a meaty chili with just the right zing or add a dash or two of Texas Pete (a North Carolina product with a Texas name - go figure) if you want a little extra heat. We drive 40+ minutes each way just to get these hot dogs. These types of dogs used to be found all over NC, but are getting harder and harder to find. (Plenty of the all beef, kosher, Sarbrett, Chicago style, etc) but the old southern style red hot dogs are what we like. Burgers and other things are good, but we drive the distance to get the Hot Dogs. Still have Cokes in the glass bottles too.

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Shorty's is the place to go when you're craving a good ol' greasy burger, or a basket of hot cheese fries. The food is fantastic, and I've been going there since I was a kid. Although most visitors are thrown off by the lack of decor, most of us "usuals" consider Shorty's to be a staple in our lives...however haphazard it all looks. So if you're looking for some affordable, American cuisine (and maybe a quick game of pool?), grab a booth at Shorty's.

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★★★★★

Shorty's is the place to go when you're craving a good ol' greasy burger, or a basket of hot cheese fries. The food is fantastic, and I've been going there since I was a kid. Although most visitors are thrown off by the lack of decor, most of us "usuals" consider Shorty's to be a staple in our lives...however haphazard it all looks. So if you're looking for some affordable, American cuisine (and maybe a quick game of pool?), grab a booth at Shorty's.

Pros: best hot dog in the South

Cons: messy, confused decor

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The only great thing about Shortys is the soda. The place is so dirty, you can see the dirt, dust and dead bugs even through the window. Their food is really greasy and there are very scantily clad girls there. We don' t recommend this place, it seems they have plenty of business anyway.

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★★☆☆☆

The only great thing about Shortys is the soda. The place is so dirty, you can see the dirt, dust and dead bugs even through the window. Their food is really greasy and there are very scantily clad girls there. We don' t recommend this place, it seems they have plenty of business anyway.

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Nearby Southeastern Seminary must be praying for God's hand in Shorty's hot dogs. They're like no other on earth. I hated to move to Charlotte and miss out on Shorty's best.

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Nearby Southeastern Seminary must be praying for God's hand in Shorty's hot dogs. They're like no other on earth. I hated to move to Charlotte and miss out on Shorty's best.

Pros: Best Hot dogs, Great burgers, Glass bottled Cokes

Cons: Only 1 location

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great chili cheese dogs and hamburgers all the way... but if you dont like a old run down smokey atmosphere you may not wanna go. everyone should go at least once. its pretty good food. really greasy.

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★★★★☆

great chili cheese dogs and hamburgers all the way... but if you dont like a old run down smokey atmosphere you may not wanna go. everyone should go at least once. its pretty good food. really greasy.

Pros: inexpensive, game room for kids

Cons: parking on curb, smokey

 

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