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214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
+1 919-556-8026
10:30 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 10:30 - 19:00
Sat 10:30 - 15:00
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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167 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Wake Forest, Shorty's is a good option. The hot dogs are good, the prices are reasonable, and it is in a nice part of town. It is way better than a chain restaurant. I got there a little after eleven, and I had no trouble finding a table.

Thank Docky B
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real hole in the wall so don't go if you are looking for grand atmosphere. Front room is old booths and kitchen type chairs, bar stools at counter and back room w/pool tables & video games. Place has been there more years I think than I am old, 65, and known for it's red, grilled hot dogs... More 

Thank krwatts
Rolesville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotdogs were good and the onion rings were excellent as well as the service. Will definitely visit and will eat in on my next visit

Thank Trojan2017
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shorty's is located in the heart of downtown Wake Forest if I must say they serve the best hotdogs and hamburgers I have ever had and the price is very reasonable.

Thank jbadiam
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I've been a couple of times, long lines but good hot dog. Very small place, had to wait for a table but they turn over quickly

Thank nctraveler09Raleigh
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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209 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This place is a look into the past, and a must-see for anyone who loves retro eateries. You can get a chili dog or bologna sandwich and play pool in a historic 100-year-old establishment where Arnold Palmer used to hang out as a student here. Counter service ordering; tables are a catch-as-catch can proposition. Of course, you can take you... More 

Thank c5mjb
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

If your in the mood for a hotdog Shortys is the place to go. They have the best chili/slaw dog in town.

Thank MitchPruitt
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It's the best hot dog in the area! The only way to go is "all the way." It's well worth the trip every time. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Dr. William-Haz... H
Wake Forest, NC
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169 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We stopped in for their famous Shortys "All the way" Hot Dogs and some chili cheese fries. There was a long line, but they are very well organized and the line moved very quickly. The food is good, the service is good, and the prices are still very good. This place has been there for 100 years and the way... More 

Thank mike_jarman2002
Raleigh, North Carolina
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

So here's the thing. Most people go to places and order what everyone else orders....the specialty that makes the place famous and then write the same review. So on my quick lunch visit to Wake Forest, I decided, after getting advice from a local, to head over the Shorty's hot dog place and and see what they were about. The... More 

Thank DonDonPython

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 919-556-8026

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?