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Shorts Burger & Shine

18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
319-337-4678
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Ranked #6 of 205 Restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Nice laid back atmosphere. The burgers and fries were great, the service was friendly, and it was reasonably priced. I would definitely go back next time I'm in Iowa City.

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kansas city, mo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We ate here on a trip to the University. We all had a different burger and each of us was very happy with our choice. Will visit again when we go back

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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We hail from San Diego, which means we have In n Out, Five Guys, Hodads, Slaters 50/50, and several other burger joints. Each are great but for different reasons. On our trip to Iowa City, my mother and I stopped in to Short's for an early dinner, and to try their burgers, on the first day of classes at UI.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

After traveling back from Lincoln, NE, my wife, son & myself searched tripadvisor for a place to eat in Iowa city. The rave reviews were right on for Shorts. Great burger & fries all around. Atmosphere was delightful and the college atmosphere made it all the more enjoyable. Wish we had more time to visit the city on our way... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I stopped in on my way through town thinking I'd grab a quick bite to eat. I'm glad I did as this was a very interesting and unusual sandwich. Walking down the street, this placed looked small, but once you get inside, it seems even smaller. Don't worry though, there's plenty of seating and a good size bar to hang... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Exceptionally pleasant waitress, offered helpful suggestions for our first visit. We were all pleased with out food...prepared as ordered and tasted great!

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Moline, Illinois
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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102 reviews 102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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