How long do people actually wait in these infamous Austin lines?


How long do people actually wait in these infamous Austin lines?

Ever gotten in a line before you were sure what it was for? It’s okay. There’s no shame here. This is Austin.

Our beloved city is known for many things and among them is the thinking that if something’s good, you might have to wait for it. Keep Austin weird and keep the lines long. 

But how much time do Austinites really spend waiting in line? Below are some of the city’s most popular/dreaded lines and around just how long you’d have to spend to get to the front of them:

  • Lick
  • The artisanal ice cream shop now boasts three locations, but there was a time when a scoop of roasted beets and fresh mint goodness meant a wait. Numerous Yelp reviewers claimed waiting no more than 30 minutes at the store’s South Lamar location. 
  • Micklethwait Craft Meat
  • Good barbecue does not come quickly. A manager at the East Austin food truck estimates a wait, on a peak day, at anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. But, just like with Franklin Barbecue, the line forms early, with an estimated 20 people gathering before opening. 
  • Ramen Tatsuya
  • Ramen Tatsuya is known for more than just its delicious ramen. Whether you made it out to the restaurant’s south or north location, if it’s dinner time, there’s a chance you’re going to have to wait before you slurp. Several Yelp reviewers mention waiting around an hour, while one mentions an hour and a half on a Friday night. Another reviewer mentions ceiling heaters to warm those waiting outside. This line is serious.
  • Hopdoddy
  • An employee at Hopdoddy’s popular South Congress location promises a wait of “no longer than an hour.” But if the impressive line (known to wrap around the building) is dissuading you, I was assured that “We will serve drinks to those in line.” 
  • Franklin Barbecue
  • The mother of all lines. The boss line. Stacy Franklin estimates the longest someone might wait for some of the joint’s famed barbecue is five hours on a Saturday (their busiest day). But she notes the bulk of the wait is before their opening time of 11 a.m., and that arriving any time after 9 a.m. assures you won’t eat until 2 p.m. 

Did we miss a long line? Comment and let us know! 

Currently stuck in line somewhere and want to talk about it? Sorry.

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