Let’s face it, there aren’t tons of barbecue joints in Miami from which to choose. Shorty’s is a local tradition and, as one reviewer pointed it out, it’s not as good as it used to be, but it still isn’t bad and I agree that if you politely point out that something isn’t up to par, the servers are happy to make it right.
If you’re not familiar with Shorty’s, expect to sit at long picnic table, possibly with strangers. It’s just the way it is at Shorty’s. You’re not going to get a table for four because there are no separate tables.
What you will get is pretty consistently good barbecue…not great, but good. When you’re in the mood for that flavor that you could get in your own backyard, but aren’t willing to invest the hours that it would take to make it happen, stop by Shorty’s.
I’m a fan of the spare ribs, which you can’t get everywhere. They’ve got baby back ribs as well, and brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. They also have corn on the cob, which has always been a favorite among my clan. The one thing Shorty’s does better, to my taste, than anyone else is their coleslaw. I think it has celery seed in it and it’s DELICIOUS!
I recently went to another BBQ restaurant up in north Florida. There were six choices of barbecue sauce and not one of them was worth a darn, in my opinion. Shorty’s has two choices and both are good…just depends on whether you like it sweet or tangy. I’m partial to the tangy flavor…hmmm…i’m thinking i need some Shorty’s for lunch!
The service is good; the prices are reasonable; and parking has never been a problem.