Yes, you will wait a long time. Everything you hear about the lines are true. We got there before 11a, and were the second to last people to the end of the line before they were sold out.
We waited more than 2 hours. Luckily they have a fairly good system in place to ensure that people don't wait in line for hours only to discover that they are sold out before you reach the counter.
Someone from the restaurant takes a rough order for everyone in line. She then calculates how much total everyone will order and from there can tell where in the line they will sell out. They tell the last person they can accomodate to hold a sign stating "sold out" so no one gets in line behind them and wastes their time. Of course, some people will drop out of line so if you are feeling lucky and want to try to jump in behind the last person, or try to time it so you get there as the line is ending to see if there is anything left, it might be worth it.
The same person to take the rough orders also comes out later to sell drinks to those waiting to make the time go by a bit easier...beer, soda.
On to the food.....
I have been known to wait in line for truly great food. I was a bit hesitant about this line because it really is long. I had read so much about this place, though, that I had readied myself for the wait.
I'm glad I did. And I would do it again.
We ordered brisket, ribs and sausage.
Brisket: best I have ever had. Hands down. Nothing much more I can say that hasn't been said before
Ribs: I don't even really like ribs and I could eat these every day. Fall of the bone tender full of flavor. Can't describe how good these were.
Sausage: Good but nothing to write home about.
Friendly service too. I always love it when a restaurant is super popular and awesome yet the people are still just really nice.
I should add:
while in Austin, we made the trip to Lockhart which is about 45 minutes away and a barbecue mecca. We ate at Blacks and Smittys. Blacks was OK, Smittys was great, but Franklin....beats them both.
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