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214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
+1 919-556-8026
10:30 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 10:30 - 19:00
Sat 10:30 - 15:00
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been a couple of times, long lines but good hot dog. Very small place, had to wait for a table but they turn over quickly

Thank nctraveler09Raleigh
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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205 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This place is a look into the past, and a must-see for anyone who loves retro eateries. You can get a chili dog or bologna sandwich and play pool in a historic 100-year-old establishment where Arnold Palmer used to hang out as a student here. Counter service ordering; tables are a catch-as-catch can proposition. Of course, you can take you... More 

Thank c5mjb
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

If your in the mood for a hotdog Shortys is the place to go. They have the best chili/slaw dog in town.

Thank MitchPruitt
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It's the best hot dog in the area! The only way to go is "all the way." It's well worth the trip every time. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Dr. William-Haz... H
Wake Forest, NC
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166 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We stopped in for their famous Shortys "All the way" Hot Dogs and some chili cheese fries. There was a long line, but they are very well organized and the line moved very quickly. The food is good, the service is good, and the prices are still very good. This place has been there for 100 years and the way... More 

Thank mike_jarman2002
Raleigh, North Carolina
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

So here's the thing. Most people go to places and order what everyone else orders....the specialty that makes the place famous and then write the same review. So on my quick lunch visit to Wake Forest, I decided, after getting advice from a local, to head over the Shorty's hot dog place and and see what they were about. The... More 

Thank DonDonPython
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is your old time counter service Coney and burger joint. Nothing, fancy just good affordable, comfort food that is served fast and hot. best for Lunch or breakfast...

Thank JoCustomer
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

If you visit downtown Wake Forest you have to stop at Shorty's hotdogs and hamburgers. It's a throwback to the 50s. Arnold Palmer use to hang out here back when he was at Wake Forest college. Great fries and also large game room in the back. Highly recommend it!

Thank jbgould369
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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243 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

When I asked my mom where she wanted to go for her 88th birthday she said a Shorty's hot dog would be good. So that's where we went for lunch on a hot July Saturday. Knowing how packed Shorty's gets on Saturday, we went at 11:00 to beat the crowds and the hot dogs and French fries were great as... More 

Thank beachcomber1947
Raleigh, North Carolina
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Been going here for over 20 years, the best hot dogs in the Carolina's make sure you get one all the way

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2742
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 919-556-8026

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