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Shortys

American, Fast Food, Family Fare
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214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
(919) 556-8026
Today
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fun little dive...

Me and my kids frequent this little hot dog grill every chance we get. Excellent hot dogs and burgers with a good selection of other varied sandwiches. And the price is great, too. If you happen to make your way through Wake Forest, this is the place to get a good, quick bite to eat and walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Zach D
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Me and my kids frequent this little hot dog grill every chance we get. Excellent hot dogs and burgers with a good selection of other varied sandwiches. And the price is great, too. If you happen to make your way through Wake Forest, this is the place to get a good, quick bite to eat and walk around downtown. You... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

One of those places that has been around for decades that you have to try, regardless of any preconceived notions about what's in the hotdogs they serve. They have a good little flat top cheeseburger with steamed bun, it goes good with a beer from next door White Street Brewery. Dogs served with onions and chili, it is decent going... More 

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East Moline, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Was visiting my son and he said we have to go to Shorty's. What a neat little place! The hotdogs are very tasty!! A must try when in Wake Forest NC.

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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172 reviews 172 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We love coming to Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs! They are famous, after all. Family-run establishment and well known throughout the state. I love their cheeseburgers and their meatloaf burgers. Mmmmmm mmmm. Their chili-cheese fries are worth the future heart clog...WAY yummy.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Step back in time! It's been here since the 20's, including golf great Jack Nicholas, when he was at Wake Forest University-- now the seminary! Best ever dogs and burgers---

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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96 reviews 96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

crinkle cut French fries are hot and crispy, chicken salad is darn good, hot dogs are hot and rolls are fresh. cute old-timey 50's atmosphere. a bit pricy.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Shortys has served downtown Wake Forest for almost a hundred years! It was a Wake Forest College favorite when it was located here, and is a well known favorite spot among the locals. Their hot dogs ate the best...order one all the way with mustard, secret homemade chili, & fresh onions...none better!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you LOVE hot dogs, you've got to go! Best place in the surrounding area to grab some cheap, delicious & amazing grub. Locals swarm this place. It's not usual to see a line out the door during lunch. It's so worth the wait.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great little spot to get some hot dogs and fries. We always get all beef, so I don't know about the other choices. Love mine topped with slaw. My kids love it and beg us to go.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Maybe it's a southern thing. Red hotdogs can't be good for you. You smell like the place when you leave!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wake Forest
  • Phone Number: (919) 556-8026

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food, Family Fare
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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