Shorty's Bar-B-Q - Miami, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 25° 41.090 W 080° 18.790
17R E 568920 N 2840960
Quick Description: Shorty's has been serving great barbecue since 1951 at their location in the Kendall area of Miami, right on Dixie Highway.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 4/6/2013 2:38:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMGRZV
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:
One of my fond memories of many decades ago was when we got to eat at Shorty's. Back in the late 50s, it was a drive to where Shorty's was located pretty much by itself. There was no air conditioning, but the food was great. They had long picnic tables and folks just found an empty spot. Today, Shorty's is surrounded by high buildings and lots of traffic. After rebuilding from a 1972 fire and 1992 Hurricane Andrew, they now have air-conditioning, but the great food remains.

Of course, great barbecue is very subjective, but for me, I still try to get to Shorty's every time I visit family. Most locals have heard of Shorty's even if they have not eaten there, and it is certainly a landmark for those who grew up in the post-war era.

The following is from their web page, cited below:

"Mr. E.L. "Shorty" Allen left Georgia as a young man more than 60 years ago. In 1951 he built and opened the familiar log cabin style restaurant, including family size picnic tables, screen windows and a concrete floor. Since those early days, Shorty's has been satisfying appetites with our famous ribs, chicken, homemade sauce, creamy cole slaw, and of course our delicious corn on the cob.

Loyal patrons were shocked when their favorite restaurant burned down in 1972 (pictured at the left). Two years later Shorty rebuilt an almost identical building on this same location. Today the restaurant remains a piece of South Florida's glorious history, a nostalgic and delicious landmark next door to Datran Center Skyscrapers, and the southern end of MetroRail, all just a block from Dadeland shopping center. We maintain the "Shorty's Atmosphere" in our newer restaurants, so our old friends will certainly recognize the familiar tastes that remain almost unchanged since 1951.

In 1992 "Hurricane Andrew" came through South Dade County. Shorty's was heavily damaged but thanks to a lot of hard work, we reopened in a week to serve the community. Shorty's continues to be an "Oasis in Time", where you can taste what it was like in South Florida over 60 years ago."
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Web Site Address: [Web Link]

Physical Address:
9200 South Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL USA

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