For this post to be useful or interesting to you, you need to like barbecue and be planning to visit one of the best barbecue places out there (Black’s in Lockhart, Texas). And it’s really only useful to review right before your visit. In other words, most of you can ignore this post and a few of you just want to bookmark it for later.
You can’t avoid the lines at Franklin unless you’re President Obama.
But you can make reservations for Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue.
Most of the best barbecue places, though, are going to involve lines — especially on the weekends, and especially early (when you want to go, when the meat is the best, and later in the day they may run out anyway).
But there’s a way to hack the line, at one of the very best barbecue spots in the world.
- My Labor Day Barbecue Pilgrimage to Lockhart, Texas
- Developing an Even Greater Appreciation for Central Texas Barbecue
My personal favorite is Black’s in Lockhart, Texas. (See Barbecue Throwdown: Black’s is the Absolute Best)
Like many top barbecue places, people line up. The line stretches outside the door (inside alone can be long enough) and down the block.
Here’s how to hack the line at Black’s.
If you are willing to (or prefer to) skip the sides
Then don’t get in line.
Instead of lining up for the entrance to Black’s, just walk in the exit.
Walk through the dining room and proceed straight to the cash register where diners who have waited in line end up after their long wait. That’s where they order and pay for their meat.
This is where you go for:
- Extra meat, if you want more after you’ve eaten. (You don’t have to go wait in line again.)
Except it isn’t just for takeout… They’ve told me at Black’s, and I’ve done this several times, if you’re not ordering sides, don’t wait in line. Just go straight to the register. Stand behind whomever is at the register. Once they pay for their food and move on, they’ll help you next.
You’ve just saved yourself up to an hour Enjoy..
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