When it comes to restaurants, Texas has its fair share of options to choose from. Whether you’re craving pizza, a burger, or good old fashioned barbecue, there’s something here in the Lone Star State to satisfy every palate. While grabbing a quick bite certainly has its appeal, these nine well-known restaurants in Texas are absolutely worth waiting in line for.
1. Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
Us Texans will do some pretty crazy things for good barbecue. We'll drive halfway across the state and travel down bumpy dirt roads in the middle of nowhere, wait in ridiculously long lines...you get the point. Franklin Barbecue is one of the most iconic joints in the state, so it only makes sense that the lines would be so long. Be prepared to wait a couple of hours, but your taste buds will be immensely rewarded when you finally get to eat. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11am until sold out (usually around 2 or 3).
900 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78702
2. Florida's Kitchen (Livingston)
After being featured on "Texas Country Reporter," Florida's Kitchen has seen a surge in its business. The wait is so incredibly worth it, however, because this scrumptious soul food is unlike anything you've ever tasted.
796 FM 350, Livingston, TX 77351
3. Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
The line at Pecan Lodge is almost always out the door, and there's a reason why people keep coming back. The meat is of its own category - nobody can imitate the juiciness or unique smoky flavor they've achieved. The brisket and sausage are especially phenomenal, and the sides hold their own as well.
2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
4. Home Slice Pizza (Austin)
Home Slice is one of Austin's most popular pizza joints, catering to everyone from families to college kids. Their pizza can be ordered with a variety of toppings and is absolutely to die for. And if the wait gets to be too much, you can head next door to the takeout service and pick up a pie to-go instead.
1415 S Congress St
Austin, TX 78704
5. Snow's BBQ (Lexington)
Snow's became a major contender in the barbecue game after Texas Monthly deemed it the #1 joint in the state. The dining room is small, so everyone after about the first ten people has to wait outside. It will pay off, though, when your taste buds get their delicious reward.
516 Main St, Lexington, TX 78947
6. Killen's BBQ (Pearland)
Rain or shine, Texans line up outside Killen's for some good barbecue. It's been rated one of the top restaurants of its kind in the country by multiple agencies including the Food Network, so rest assured you're in for some good eatin' when you finally get to eat.
3613 E Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581
7. Kreuz Market (Lockhart)
Lockhart is the unofficial barbecue capital of Texas, and even still each individual joint manages to draw a substantial crowd. Kreuz Market has a fairly large interior, so the lack of a line outside doesn't necessarily mean you're home free - conversely, if people are waiting out the door, you know it'll be a long while before you get to eat. I strongly suggest toughing it out and waiting because barbecue this good doesn't just fall into your lap every day.
619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644
8. Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor)
Louie Mueller is another restaurant with a hidden line, but you should stick around even if it ends up being a while. It's been named one of the best joints in the state, and for good reason - the meat and incomparable Southern hospitality speak for themselves.
206 W. Second Street, Taylor, TX 76574
9. Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Austin)
With their unique burgers, fries, and shakes, it's no secret why Hopdoddy is always packed. It's more than worth it, though! No matter what you order, you won't regret it or the amount of time you waited for it.
1400 S Congress Ave, Ste A190
Austin, TX 78704
Have you waited in line at any of these restaurants? What other restaurants in Texas are notorious for their lines?