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From: NPR

Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime


During a trip to Austin, Texas, last year, Sarah Grieco and her friends stood in line for two hours to taste the famously delicious smoked meat at La Barbecue.

Before that, Grieco, 25, says she queued up for pork belly pancakes in Seattle, and ramen burgers in New York. And she and a friend waited three hours for the flashy cronut at Dominic Ansel Bakery.

The food hasn’t always lived up to the hype — she wasn’t a fan of the ramen burgers. But, she says, she usually doesn’t mind waiting to taste something truly unique. “I don’t see it as time wasted,” she says. “I see it as part of the experience.”

Dedicated — and exceedingly patient — food pilgrims like Grieco are everywhere. At places like Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, Hot Doug’s in Chicago, Screen Door in Portland, Ore., and Franklin Barbecue in Austin, customers often wait anywhere from 30 minutes to over four hours in hopes of tasting the sublime.

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