50 restaurants that are actually worth waiting in line


Au Cheval (Chicago, Illinois)

Au Cheval, ChicagoThe burger in the small Au Cheval is astonishingly tasty, easily the best in Illinois and so good that we called it the best in the country last year. Two pastries (or three, if you order a "double") without frills, minced meat with cheddar, Dijonnaise and a few thin slices of pickles and served on a soft toasted sandwich from Chicago & # 39; s Z Baking. The pasties are wonderfully crispy, the fries are baked in lard, and just about everything about this burger is perfect. The line to reach this place literally stretches around the corner every day, so owner Brendan Sodikoff (who has just opened an equally packed New York site) clearly does something good.

Ben & # 39; s Chili Bowl (Washington, DC)

Ben & # 39; s Chili Bowl, Washington, DCPerhaps the most famous eatery in Washington, DC, Ben & # 39; s has been strong for more than 50 years, and serves the distinctive DC sausage: the half-smoke, thick, smoky, half-pork, half-beef link with onions and a spicy chili sauce. School children, old-timers and celebrities are all welcome as long as they are willing to stand in line like everyone else – although the president eats for free.

Biscuit Love (Nashville, Tennessee)

Biscuit Love (Nashville, Tennessee) Biscuit Love got its start as a food truck in Tennessee in 2012, and the cookies served by the husband and wife duo, Karl and Sarah Worley, proved so popular that they opened a brick restaurant in 2015 in The Gulch which opens daily at 7 a.m. Their & # 39; East Nasty & # 39 ;, a cookie with fried chicken, cheddar and sausage gravy, is a miracle to watch, but an ordinary cookie with sausage gravy (chocolate and tomato gravy are also available) is the dish to order. As expected in a popular restaurant, waiting for a table can feel like an eternity, especially if your stomach is grumbling.

Brenda & # 39; s French Soul Food (San Francisco, California)

Brenda & # 39; s French Soul Food (San Francisco, California)  The cuisine of New Orleans has come to California on a large scale in the form of spiny lobster, stuffed fritters, grills and grits, fried shrimp pot & boys, barbecue shrimp, fried chicken and red beans and rice. In fact, Brenda & # 39; s French soul food is so popular that the fact that no reservation is made is not enough to keep hungry residents away; they just come in line.

Café du Monde (New Orleans)

Café du Monde, New OrleansIt is truly true that no visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, is complete without a trip to Café du Monde near Jackson Square, a huge, vibrant eatery dedicated to the simple fritter, a square of fried dough with a heap of powdered sugar. Wait in line for your table (the wait is never as long as it seems), make sure you order a chicory coffee to wash everything and pro tip: do not breathe in while taking your first bite, or coughing powdered sugar about your shirt.

Callie & # 39; s Hot Little Biscuit (Charleston, South Carolina)

Callie & # 39; s Hot Little Biscuit (Charleston, South Carolina) Callie & # 39; s Hot Little Biscuit was founded in 2005 by Carrie Morey in Charleston, and serves cookies that are essentially perfect, filled with your choice of jam, country ham, chili, bacon, or most substantial products such as sausage, egg and cheese. It is a small counter-serving establishment, so go early and stand in line. Even if you are not hungry when you arrive, you are by the time you get your food!

Cheeseboard Pizza (Berkeley, California)

Cheeseboard Pizza (Berkeley, California)  There are only a handful of tables in this small protrusion from a Berkeley specialty store called The Cheese Board Collective, and if you want to taste the goods, you have to stand in line. Cheeseboard Pizza only makes one type of pizza per day and is always vegetarian. If you want to taste the offer of that day (always spectacular), be prepared to wait … and wait.

Clinton Street Baking Co. (New York, New York)

Clinton Street Baking Co. (New York, New York)   Clinton Street Baking Company is known for its pancakes (it's well established as serving some of the best in New York), but if you wake up on a Sunday morning and expect to roll out of bed and walk, you're in for a shock : Waiting times during prime brunchtime can stretch on for more than two hours.

Di Fara (Brooklyn, New York)

Di Fara, BrooklynDomenico DeMarco is a local celebrity in Brooklyn, who owns and manages Di Fara since 1964. Dom cooks pizza in New York and Sicilian style for hungry New Yorkers and tourists who are willing to wait in long lines and be brave against the non-committal is the Di Fara counter-experience. If he's up and running, Di Fara can make a strong plea to be America & # 39; s best pizza. And when you stand at the counter and see how Dom makes your pizza by hand, take it out of the oven with his bare hands and throw some fresh basil over it with scissors, it might be America's best pizza experience also.

Eggslut (Los Angeles, California)

Eggslut, Los AngelesYes, the name of the restaurant is borderline inappropriate, but once you get over it, you will realize that Eggslut takes its eggs whole serious. The bacon, egg and cheese and sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches are perfectly constructed (from now on we will put honey mustard aioli on all our sausages, eggs and cheeses), but the Fairfax is what it says on Map. A warm brioche bun is filled with perfectly soft scrambled eggs and chives, and then simply topped with caramelized onions and Sriracha mayonnaise. It is one of the best egg dishes in America and if you want to experience it for yourself, you have to make sure it is in line.

Franklin Barbecue (Austin, Texas)

Franklin BBQ, AustinFranklin BBQ One of the most infamous and legendary food lines in America, the queue at Aaron Franklin & # 39; s Austin, Texas barbecue restaurant is absolutely insane and a transition rite for barbecue lovers everywhere. Fans start walking around 5:00 AM daily for Franklin & # 39; s legendary breast, ribs and sausage, and if you're there after 8, your chance is to come forward before the & cue runs out & # 39; not big. The wait is somewhere between four and six o'clock, so bring a garden chair and some beer (yes, although it is hardly dawning) and consider waiting as part of the experience.

Grimaldi & # 39; s Pizza (Brooklyn, New York)

Grimaldi & # 39; s Pizza, BrooklynLocated at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the legendary Grimaldi & # 39; s Pizzeria still has long lines, although it has been moved down a few doors (the original location is now home to Juliana & # 39; s Pizza, which is a opened a few years ago by Grimaldi & # 39; s founder Patsy Grimaldi – long story). It is a beautiful destination after a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, but remember: no credit cards, no reservations and no delivery!

Hattie B&B's Hot Chicken (Nashville, Tennessee)

Hattie B&B's Hot Chicken (Nashville, Tennessee) Nashville-style hot chicken has its time, and one of the city's most famous spiced roast chicken suppliers is Hattie B & # 39; s. However, the restaurant is incredibly popular and opening more locations has not done much to stop the tide of hungry visitors. Those who defied the wait – and the heat – have said it is worth it.

Hominy Grill (Charleston, South Carolina)

Hominy Grill (Charleston, South Carolina)  A visit to Charleston, South Carolina, the comfortable and inviting 23-year-old Hominy Grill landmark, shows the classic Lowcountry cuisine of chef Robert Stehling and his dedication to using only the best ingredients available in his southern-style breakfast and lunch dishes. The beloved restaurant is only open until 3 p.m. daily, but no reservation is required, so if you want to taste the famous Charleston Nasty Biscuit, you have to put your name in it and be prepared to wait – especially if it's a weekend. Fortunately there is a courtyard to wait in, complete with a cocktail window.

Joe & # 39; s Kansas City Bar-B-Que (Kansas City, Kansas)

Joe & # 39; s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, Kan.Joe & # 39; s Kansas City, formerly known as Oklahoma Joe & # 39; s, is located in a former gas station in Kansas, and it is one of the best barbecue joints in America – the ribs are especially worth mentioning. A rub heavy with bell pepper, cumin, brown sugar and chili powder is the secret of its success, and fans come from miles around to wait in line to taste something.

Joe & # 39; s Stone Crab (Miami Beach, Florida)

Joe & # 39; s Stone Crab (Miami Beach, Florida)

Howlin & # 39; Ray & # 39; s (Los Angeles, California)

Howlin & # 39; Ray & # 39; s, Los AngelesHowins Ray & # 39; s owner Johnny Ray Zone has worked for some of & # 39; the world's most renowned chefs, but he found his true calling on a trip to Nashville. What started as a food truck is now a small Chinatown display window serving fresh frying snacks that are screaming hot with the help of cayenne pepper and extracts of habanero, ghost pepper and red savina. Yes, hot chicken from Nashville has finally come to Los Angeles, but if you want to taste it, you have to wait in line.

Katz & # 39; s Delicatessen (New York City)

Katz & # 39; s Delicatessen, New York CityThe most legendary Jewish deli in America is also the best and serves untouchable pastrami, corned beef, hot dogs and other classic delicacies. The squat, vast Katz & # 39; s Deli has a peculiar ordering system: you wait in line (in a row that often extends far outside the front door), take a ticket, order at the counter (make sure you have a counterman give a few dollars – after all, he is the man who cuts your pastrami), then you take your food to an open table and hand in your marked ticket to pay on the way out. It is old-fashioned, but it works.

Las Cuatro Milpas (San Diego, California)

Las Cuatro Milpas (San Diego, California)

Leon & # 39; s Oyster Shop (Charleston, South Carolina)

Leon & # 39; s Oyster Shop (Charleston, South Carolina) Leon & # 39; s is one of the most popular restaurants in Charleston, a fun and inviting space with a long bar, a fantastic raw bar and some of the best fried chicken in town. It may be difficult to make a reservation, but we recommend that you beat your heart before you visit one; If you come by unannounced, you can expect to wait an hour or more.

Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, Arizona)

Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, Arizona) Central Texas-style barbeque has come to Arizona on a large scale with Little Miss BBQ, but if you want to taste breast and ribs, you have to stand in line. And if you want to taste the beef ribs, which are only available on Friday and Saturday, you have to wait even longer.

Louis & # 39; lunch (New Haven, Connecticut)

Louis & # 39; Lunch, New Haven, Conn.A truly culinary historical monument, Louis & Lunch is generally regarded as the birthplace of the hamburger as we know it, invented by owner Louis Lassen in New Haven, Connecticut in 1900. It remains a decidedly delicious burger, still made according to the original recipe on the same upright broilers. However, the building itself is absolutely small and it gets quite full during the lunch hour. So if you want one of the OG burgers, you have to go there early, and you'll have to wait in line.

Lucali (Brooklyn, New York)

Lucali (Brooklyn, New York)  At Lucali, chef Mark Iacono serves what may very well be the best pizza in Brooklyn, and that's no secret. Although Iacono could easily squeeze a few more tables at his restaurant in Brooklyn, he likes to keep things apart, so there's almost always a wait to get in. Actually, potential customers sometimes arrive hours before the restaurant opens to enter; If you show up during prime time, first expect to camp for a few hours.

Magnolia Pancake Haus (San Antonio, Texas)

Magnolia Pancake Haus (San Antonio, Texas) Are the buttermilk pancakes served at the Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio, the best in the world? Owners Robert and Sheila Fleming are convinced and you will not find many who have eaten there who disagree. Unfortunately, if you decide to find out for yourself during prime brunch time, waiting for a table will be a long one.

Mama & # 39; s (San Francisco, California)

Mama & # 39; s (San Francisco, California) The cozy Mama & # 39; s on Washington Square is essentially a perfect breakfast and lunch spot, where you have been serving delicious omelettes, home-made bread and pastries, French toast, pancakes and sandwiches for over 50 years. However, if you want to visit, you have to work for it: the line to enter forms long before the restaurant is opened and can grow for hours at prime time.

Nathan & # 39; s Famous (Brooklyn, New York)

Nathan & # 39; s Famous, BrooklynJulien Hautcoeur / DreamstimeThe most famous hot dog standard in the country, and still one of the best. Nathan was founded by the Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker in 1916 and may be a big chain today, but a trip to the original booth at Coney Island in Brooklyn is a pilgrimage that everyone must make at least once. Stand in the same line that millions of others have had over the years, place your order and sniff in the perfect embodiment of a summer's day: the sea, the boardwalk, and an original Nathan & # 39; s hot dog. There is nothing else like it.

Neptune Oyster (Boston, Massachusetts)

Neptune Oyster (Boston, Massachusetts) The narrow, luxurious Neptune Oyster is one of Boston, Massachusetts' most beloved restaurants, and serves first-class oysters, mussel fish soup, lobster rolls and other seafood-based specialties. But the combination of very small, very good and very popular (and not accepting reservations) has led to very, very long lines to enter.

Nopa (San Francisco, California)

Nopa (San Francisco, California) San Francisco & # 39; s Nopa is bright, casual, fun and perfect for just about any meal. It has a wide and accessible menu, which means only one thing: it will be packed. Almost always. If you want to visit this restaurant, which has recently been counted as one of the best in America, you better stand in line.

Pancake Pantry (Nashville, Tennessee)

Pancake Pantry, NashvilleThe Pancake Pantry is a legend from Nashville, which has been strong since 1961. The batters for their legendary pancakes and waffles are made fresh daily from special flour and old family recipes, and the results are truly spectacular. But if you want to experience it for yourself, you have to wait in line. The wait is so long that the restaurant has even launched its own pancake camera.

Pantry Café (Los Angeles, California)

Pantry Café, Los AngelesThere is no lock on the door of this nearly 90-year-old institution in Downtown LA, which has not been closed since 1924 and is one of the best 24-hour dinners in America. Pantry Cafe is cash-only and with no shortage of long lines, is known for its generous portions, perfect pancakes and sourdough French toast, apple pie and French dip sandwich, as well as its steaks.

Paseo (Seattle, Washington)

Paseo (Seattle, Washington) Paseo is an institution in Seattle, Washington, and serves real-deal Caribbean dishes and absolutely delicious sandwiches, including the famous Caribbean Roast, with roasted pork shoulder, aioli, coriander, romaine, jalapeños and caramelized onions. The original location is not much more than a small cabin, and lines often extend far beyond the front door.

Pecan Lodge (Dallas, Texas)

Pecan Lodge, DallasThe most award-winning barbecue temple in Dallas, Pecan Lodge, offers a true barbecue experience in Texas. The smokers are lit 24 hours a day with a mixture of mesquite and oak, sausages are made in-house and just about everything on the menu is completely recreated, including the alien sides: kale, mac and cheese, and fried okra that you not to be missed. Make sure you are there early to get your place in line, because as soon as they run out, they run out.

Philippe the Original (Los Angeles, California)

Philippe the Original, Los AngelesPhilippe de Original / YelpCountless restaurants serve French dip sandwiches, but the final version can still be found in the restaurant where it was invented: the 107-year-old Philippe the Original from Los Angeles. The bottom is seasoned with salt, pepper and mashed garlic, slowly roasted with a mirepoix to medium-rare, and sliced ​​and placed on a fresh French roll from a local bakery that is immersed in gravy made with homemade broth and the intensely flavored pan drippings. As the maker of one of America's most legendary sandwiches, it is one of LA & # 39; s most famous restaurants, so be prepared in the right order.

Pink & # 39; s Hot Dogs (Los Angeles, California)

Pink & # 39; s Hot Dogs, Los AngelesLocated on the first corner of Melrose and LaBrea in Los Angeles, Pink & # 39; s has been serving hot dogs to celebrities and tourists (but especially tourists) since 1939. That does not mean that hot dog lovers coming through the city should not do the following: The bacon dog is a classic, even if the calorie count has not been approved by Hollywood. These dogs (and the whole experience of Pink) are worth waiting in line.

Pok Pok (Portland, Oregon)

Pok Pok (Portland, Oregon) Chef Andy Ricker's Pokemon is an icon of Portland that serves truly authentic Thai food (including now legendary wings). If you decide to visit, be prepared to wait; If you visit the location of the division, you can at least kill the time in the adjacent Whiskey Soda Lounge from Ricker.

Primanti Brothers (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Primanti Brothers, PittsburghThe Primanti sandwich from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a legendary sandwich. It is made with French fries filled between two thick slices of soft Italian bread, along with meat of your choice, coleslaw, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. If you visit the original location, you have to wait in line, but it is one of the most legendary sandwiches in America.

Red iguana (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Red iguana (Salt Lake City, Utah) The best Mexican restaurant in Utah, Red Iguana, has gone strong since 1985 and is still a family business. The huge menu contains six different moles (each carefully made by hand), pork doused in red or green chili sauce, slow roasted cochinita pibil; eight enchiladas, a variety of tacos and burritos, and some outrageous breakfast dishes, in addition to dozens of other specialties. If you are planning to visit, make sure you are there early or are willing to wait.

Red & # 39; s Eats (Wiscasset, Maine)

Red & # 39; s Eats, Wiscasset, MaineRed & # 39; s Eats is a small roadside stable in the small town of Wiscasset, Maine, which is generally regarded as one of the best lobster rolls in America. The wait actually starts in your car – this place causes a traffic jam before people even park and get into the actual rule. Expect an hour or more to wait for your throw at peak times, but the roll itself is full of fresh, wet lobsters – so many that it completely falls over. It just tastes cooked and picked, and it's a great deal. Simply put, it's lobster perfection.

Regina Pizzeria (Boston, Massachusetts)

Regina Pizzeria (Boston, Massachusetts) Regina is one of Boston & # 39; s most loved pizzeria & # 39; s, a destination in the north of the country since 1926. It has produced many additional locations in Massachusetts, but the original is still the best and the place to visit. So stand in line, make some friends and don't worry about the long wait: the end result is one of the best pizzas in America.

Rino & # 39; s Place (Boston, Massachusetts)

Rino & # 39; s Place (Boston, Massachusetts) Rino & # 39; s Place, tucked away in East Boston since the early 90s, is a truly Italian restaurant, serving a wide range of Italian favorites, completely new made. Founded by Rino and Anna DiCenso and today run by their son Anthony, it is generally considered amazingly delicious, so much so that waiting can easily be extended to two or three hours for one of the handful of tables. The fact that Guy Fieri came by a few years ago to film a (delicious) "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" segment did not do well!

Rose & # 39; s Luxury (Washington, DC)

Rose & # 39; s Luxury, Washington, DCThis small converted mansion with an upstairs lounge is the brainchild of chef Aaron Silverman, who only did it after working for David Chang, Sean Brock, Marco Canora and George Mendes, among others. Silverman won the James Beard Award 2016 for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic for his efforts at Rose & # 39; s Luxury, and you can see why: his small menu shows international flavors (sometimes several in one dish) with a clear American twist, And although the selection is small, it is always grand in terms of taste and creativity. However, if you want to dine in one of the best restaurants in the city, you'll have to wait in line.

Snooze (Denver, Colorado)

Snooze (Denver, Colorado) Snooze has locations in Colorado, California, Arizona and Texas, but that doesn't mean you don't have to wait for a table. This breakfast destination is only open until 2.30 p.m. daily and does not take reservations, which means that no matter which location you visit (especially the one in his hometown of Denver), you will have to be patient.

Sqirl (Los Angeles, California)

Sqirl (Los Angeles, California) The crazy hip restaurant Sqirl from chef Jessica Koslow is a must-visit (and must-Instagram) hotspot. The menu is full of healthy, unique, well-composed and stunningly beautiful dishes, many of which have already begun to influence national & # 39; s. If you want to taste that famous sorrel pesto rice, be prepared to wait.

State Bird Provisions (San Francisco, California)

State Bird Provisions, San FranciscoWhat started as a place to serve fried quail (California & # 39; s State Bird) to the masses & # 39; s ended up being one of the most popular restaurants of 2013, even including the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant of the year was pushed, and it's still just as popular as ever. More than 30 small, smart plates are served via dim sum-like rolling carts at State Bird Provisions (it was one of the first non-Chinese restaurants in America to use this method) and the very limited reservation policy means that if you want to order it to taste food, you have to stand in line.

Swan Oyster Depot (San Francisco, California)

Swan Oyster Depot, San FranciscoCrowd is set up long before the doors open at the indispensable San Francisco Institute Swan Oyster Depot, a narrow 18-seat counter that has been serving loyal dishes for the city's freshest seafood for over 100 years. Oysters, seafood cocktails, fresh Dungeness crab, chowder, crab Louie and all kinds of other seafood are freshly prepared by experienced veterans, and there is just something sitting at the antique counter that makes it all taste better. It is a must for fish lovers, but we recommend that you get up early and line up before it opens if you don't want to wait several hours for your stools.

Tim Ho Wan (New York, New York)

Tim Ho Wan (New York, New York) The first American location of Tim Ho Wan, which was founded in Hong Kong in 2009 and now has locations in nine countries, opened its doors in 2016 in New York City. Hungry diners waited for hours for a taste of the legendary dim sum and the lines are still long today, although a second location in the city was opened last year.

Tom & # 39; s (Brooklyn, New York)

Tom & # 39; s (Brooklyn, New York) Occupying a cozy corner shop front in a nice neighborhood in Brooklyn since 1936, Tom's is a real honest-to-goodness old-school dinner, and when brunchtime rolls around the crowd show up. It is known that lines stretch around the block on weekends, but it is worthwhile to experience one of the very best dinners in America.

White House Sub Shop (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Subtage hotel White House, Atlantic CityIt's hard to imagine a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey without a stop at the White House Sub Shop to buy one of their legendary undersea sandwiches. The family business shop was opened in 1946 and quickly became one of the most iconic bread suppliers on the east coast. You will see how popular it is when you arrive – the line often sticks out to the street. White House Sub Shop has more than 25 different sandwiches, but people rule supreme: the White House Special. It starts with a soft, chewing submol from Formica Bros. Bakery, which is absolutely filled with Genoa salami, ham and provolon. They also add lettuce, tomatoes, onions, red peppers, oil, vinegar, dried oregano, and salt and pepper.

Willie Mae & # 39; s Scotch House (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Willie Mae & # 39; s Scotch House, New OrleansYou only ate real fried chicken until you've had it from Willie Mae & # 39; s, a legendary restaurant in the Fifth neighborhood of New Orleans since 1956. The chicken is, simply put, extraterrestrial. Baked to order, the crust is shiny, capricious, light, non-greasy and crushing, crispy and crispy. Below that the chicken is impossible moist and juicy. The modest restaurant does not take reservations, so go early or expect to wait in a long line for a table. But the end result will be worth it, because it is perhaps the very best fried chicken in America.
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