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Shorty's Restaurant Review: Shortys is a blast from the past in neighborhoods where newness is the norm. This mecca for carnivores is teeming with mouthwatering American specialties that this family has been doing right since 1951: baby-back ribs and chicken, tender and saucy, plus barbecue sandwiches that beat out any south of Kansas City. Some of the waitresses have been at Shortys since the 50s; pray youre lucky enough to be served by one. These ladies are a wealth of useless Miami trivia, and will gladly reminisce about the days when the original Shortys stood tall against a dusty two-lane road, surrounded on all sides by farms, cattle and horses. Expect tattered screens where windows should be, but notice BMWs where the pickup trucks once parked. Take a number, and wait your turn with the hoards of Shortys devotees to squeeze in at a gingham-covered picnic table, drink beer or iced tea by the pitcherful, and eat Americas original fast food off a flimsy paper plate. Also located at 11575 SW 40th St., Miami, 305-227-3196; and 5989 S. University Dr., Davie, 954-680-9900.