The title of this article implies fancy restaurants, but I assure you that’s not what I’ll be talking about. In Texas, even some of our smallest restaurants have such a huge following that there’s always a long line outside. Here are 8 places that are notorious for always being busy.
1. Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
This restaurant easily has the most notoriously long line in Texas, but the food is worth every second. People come from all over the state to indulge in some of the most tender, flavorful barbecue around. Plus, you get to drink beer while you wait! Only in Texas, am I right?
2. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
Even though it's a small-town diner, Blue Bonnet Cafe is always packed for brunch on the weekends. That's completely understandable given the quality of the food, though. Fresh yard eggs, chicken fried steak that's the perfect balance between crispy and juicy, and all the classic Southern sides cooked to perfection. And it would be a crime to leave without a slice of homemade pie.
3. Snow's BBQ (Lexington)
It surprises me to no end that so many people know about this little barbecue joint in the middle of nowhere. Although it doesn't draw crowds nearly as big as Franklin, it's a much smaller business and it's only open until about noon, so it's extremely hard to get into unless you plan carefully. If you are lucky enough to score some of this mouthwatering meat, savor every bite because there's no telling when you'll be back.
4. City Market (Luling)
Every Texan needs to experience Luling City Market at least once in their lifetime. There's an entire room dedicated to the slow-smoking of the barbecue, and it's here that the line is formed to place your order. It may be a long line in a relatively small space, but once you sink your teeth into the legendary brisket and sausage, you'll eagerly agree to wait twice as long if you had to.
5. Sprinkles Cupcakes (Houston)
Sprinkles isn't exactly a restaurant, but it had to make the list considering its infamous, constantly out-the-door line. I would gladly stand in it for days, though, because their cupcakes are simply phenomenal. The cake is moist, the frosting has just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing, and the presentation is stunning. Oh, and if you want to skip the line, you can always head around back to the new Cupcake ATM!
6. Killen's Barbecue (Pearland)
Killen's is another place known for its outrageous lines, but I think the picture above is a good enough explanation as to why. I mean, just look at the shine on those charred edges. You get huge portions with a lot of sides like creamed corn, mac & cheese, and collard greens, as well.
7. Home Slice (Austin)
This pizza joint is always packed, but you'll understand why as soon as you take a bite. And they're all thin crust, so that means they're automatically good for you...right?
8. Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
Pecan Lodge started out as a mere stall at the Dallas Farmers Market, so looking at how far they've come almost makes up for the ridiculous line. Their food is critically acclaimed by Zagat and Texas Monthly, so I'd say it's definitely worth the wait.
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants in Texas? Was there a ridiculously long wait?