Franklin Barbecue is a restaurant in Austin that every single person we spoke to highly recommended to us. They said it was something we HAD TO TRY, and that it’s mega awesome. I swear their eyes were shining and they were this close to salivating when they telling us about it.
Naturally we were very intrigued!
Especially when they told us people started queuing for it early in the morning. For at least 3-4 hours.
We have never felt that queuing for food, no matter how delicious, is worth spending hours and hours in line for. I think the longest we ever queued for food was for this obscure Japanese restaurant at Far East Plaza which a friend really wanted to try. Even so, it was “only” a 1.5 hour queue.
FOUR HOURS?! You’re freakin’ kidding me.
But there we were.
On a weekday.
At this point, can I just sidetrack to say that Fu’s company is DA BOMB?!!
Some of his co-workers were queuing as early as 7.30am and in total, about 30 or so people turned up for this! ON A WORKING DAY!!!
It’s not their first time, so that’s doubly awesome.
Add to that the fact that even the boss was queuing with them, awesome to the max!
I don’t know of any other company that doesn’t even bat an eyelid when employees take time out to queue for 4 hours at a BBQ place on a working day and turn up at work at 1pm. Do you?
Back to Franklin Barbecue.
Interesting tidbit: President Obama just visited this restaurant last month! Apparently he cut the line, BUT he picked up the tab for all the people whose line he cut!
After a 4 hour wait, it was finally our turn!
We were completely not expecting it, but everybody’s lunch was paid for! I’m flabbergasted at the awesomeness of Fu’s company and the people there.
I’m probably going to be smacked in the face by people who love this brisket, but my first thought when I took a bite of the brisket was…
*whispers* “It tastes like kong ba…”
Then I discovered that Fu also thought the same way!!! HAHAHA!
People who have access to kong ba don’t need to wait 4 hours in line for the brisket. Just buy a can for a dollar or two and enjoy! It’s almost the same! LOL.
Seriously though, how did we find the brisket?
It’s not bad, but we won’t be returning. For us, it’s not worth the crazy queues, and it’s waaay too greasy and fatty for our palates.
But people who love it, REALLY do love it.
If you’re in the area and so inclined, feel free to at least try it once! Franklin Barbecue’s website here.
If you’re not in the area, but still intrigued, open a can of kong ba :D