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Shorts Burger & Shine

18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
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Ranked #6 of 206 restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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89% Recommend
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English first
Moline, Illinois
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Essex burger with brie cheese was fantastic. They cook the burgers perfectly. The quality of beef was exceptional. You cannot miss the cheesy fries with bacon.

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Hiawatha, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited Shorts today and were very pleased with the food. My wife had a black bean burger while I had the "Melrose" burger. Both were served just right and were very delicious. The fries were seasoned just right with just the right crispness to them - no grease at all. Our server was polite and friendly and attentive to... More

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North Liberty, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Went to Shorts on a whim. Looked them up online and thought,"why not." When we got there the place was packed , we ate at the bar, great service, which is not always the case. This is primarily a burger joint but they do them well! I have been looking for a place with good burgers, fries done well and... More

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Yes, the black bean burger is fresh and awesome. The handcut homemade fries are very good. However, our server had an attitude. She made it seem like it was inconvenient to serve us. She never introduced herself and was generally annoyed. Too bad because this place would get more stars from us with better service.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We went to Short's on a busy day. They have moderately limited seating, but it's worth the wait. Their menu is all sandwiches, either hamburger, chicken, or their house black bean burger. The burgers are all served with fresh cut french fries. The service was great. The hamburgers and chicken sandwiches have a large list of variations, all for $10.95... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

I've always come here when I went to college at u of I. Even in chicago you can't find a black bean burger menu like shorts. My friends love their burgers and we always stop here first for a meal when visiting. Get the chipotle mayo on the side with your fries.

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

In town just for the weekend and daughter said acquaintance recommended Shorts. (We former IC residents were headed for the Airliner.) Was afraid the burgers would be cooked medium but ordered them medium rare and medium rare they were, with hardly a hint of medium. Just what I want. The beef is sourced from a Boston Marathon run away. We... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Ok first I have to say I LOVE the downtown Shorts...great burgers, great beers, great atmosphere! Eastside, I can say the same EXCEPT the cook there can't serve a burger medium rare to save his life! 3 times I've asked for a medium rare burger and it came out well done! The last time I told them about the previous... More

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Cabot, Arkansas
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Great little place that would be right at home on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. One of the best burgers I have ever had. Bartender was great and so was the local beer. Highly recommend if in the area

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Stopped at Shorts with a friend before a show at the Englert. We were seated right away, and the service was quick and friendly. I had the burger with bacon/mozzerella/mayo, and it was unbelievable; I think they're cooking them in unicorn butter or something. My pal had the chicken sandwich with avocado/salsa/sour cream and said it was A+. Both came... More

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