How long would you wait in line for your meal?

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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/24 20:33:06 (permalink)
I have to admit that I stood in line for a very famous hamburger joint in Madison Square Park, NYC. We stood there for about 90 minutes, got through the line and got our food.  After eating it our food we looked at each other and said "we waited for this????"
 
I will wait for a famous place, but if I do it HAS to be good.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/25 22:16:32 (permalink)
It depends on what there is to do while waiting. If I have to physically stand in line, about 20-30 minutes is my limit, and it had better be good. If I can sit down and read something, then I'll even wait 30 minutes for an ordinary place, up to an hour for a special place. If I am prepared, and there are shopping places around, and the place uses a beeper, then I've been known to wait for up to 2 hours while shopping.
 
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/26 02:48:53 (permalink)
If there's a wait, unless there's a seat at the bar, I'm outta there!
Many times, we'll just eat at the bar if they serve food there.
It's generally more fun if you can strike up a conversation with your barmates and the bartender.
It's also fun to watch a good bartender practice his/her craft!
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/26 06:30:03 (permalink)
We have twice waited about 45 minutes for the fabulous lobster rolls at Red's. I guess the wait is part of the experience, anticipating what's to come, and chatting with others in line who are feeling the same.
That said, we now bypass Red's and continue up the coast to Belfast for a pair of 3 lbr's at Youngs.
 
 
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/26 12:40:41 (permalink)
I'm still waiting for a lobster roll. 
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/26 13:39:54 (permalink)
mar52-Hope you get one soon! I finally got one at the Maine Diner some time a go. Now I want another.
I am still waiting for one of those Clam apizza's from New Haven.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/08/26 13:57:43 (permalink)
I want that as well.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/27 17:39:07 (permalink)
On a trip this summer to LA, I was shanghaied to Phillipe's by enthusiastic natives who assured me that it would be the best stuff I ever ate, and that, even if it wasn't, the experience of eating there would be something to talk about back home. Well, it turned out to be the latter, although maybe not the way they expected. It could be that the noisy, amenity-less 40 minute queue ruined my receptivity to the meal, but I wasn't that impressed with the simple sandwich, the slaw or the macaroni salad. I've had similar quality food all my life. In fact, there was something about the food itself, and the backwardness of their set up, that reminded me of every Catholic picnic I'd ever been to. If this sounds like my Don't Even Get Me Started About Phillipe's Rant, well yeah. If you love it, fine. I don't.
 
Anyway, this single experience helped me to define my limits when it comes to waiting for restaurant food. I definitely would not ever wait in any restaurant line again, anywhere, for that long. A 10 minute wait to be seated followed by a half hour wait for food, I'd do. But waiting that long to place my order, absolutely no way.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/27 18:09:31 (permalink)
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We have twice waited about 45 minutes for the fabulous lobster rolls at Red's. I guess the wait is part of the experience, anticipating what's to come, and chatting with others in line who are feeling the same.
That said, we now bypass Red's and continue up the coast to Belfast for a pair of 3 lbr's at Youngs.



 
I second that.  I have been to Young's Lobster Pound a couple of times.  Simple, quick, delicious and a great setting on on their deck.
 
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/27 18:33:24 (permalink)
PieDiva & I drove to Tucson last weekend and planned to dine at a RoadFood (the book) reviewed place that was recently featured in Arizona Highways magazine.  We got there fairly early for dinner thinking we'd beat the rush.  Nope, people were standing/sitting/leaning outside of the restaurant waiting to be seated when we arrived.  We were told it would be a 45 minutes to be seated.  Being over 2 hours from home, we waited and were seated in 45 minutes.  Once seated, service was prompt and we were done in about 45 more minutes.
 
Worth the wait? Yes.  We'll dine at Mi Nidito again.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/27 18:55:50 (permalink)
Today when we arrived at the restaurant of choice, the line was out the door. Husband asked if we could eat in the bar... sure, seat yourselves. Had a great lunch with no wait. Bonus: No kids in the bar. 
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/27 19:10:51 (permalink)
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Today when we arrived at the restaurant of choice, the line was out the door. Husband asked if we could eat in the bar... sure, seat yourselves. Had a great lunch with no wait. Bonus: No kids in the bar. 

If there's a wait, I always ask for a seat at the bar. No waiting and I meet interesting, (In all kinds of ways) people.
Generally more relaxed and casual and a shorter wait for the next brewski!
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/28 15:02:25 (permalink)
We arrived (party of 6) at a waterfront place, it may have been the Chart House, at 8:00.  We were told we would have a table at 11:00.  Needless to say we went elsewhere.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/11/28 15:35:41 (permalink)
Agree to wait for as long as the meal is expected to take.
 
How's that for a rule of thumb for a place you really want to try? For a sit-down restaurant, 45 minutes to an hour would be acceptable. While for counter service (Phillipe's is mentioned above) - a 20 minute wait for a 20 minute meal.
 
The rule has several exceptions that would have me skipping the wait/meal: lack of time; other available dining options; etc.
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Re:How long would you wait in line for your meal? 2011/12/04 19:21:00 (permalink)
I am not a line person, whether it is for food or to ride a roller coaster. I think 15 minutes is pretty much my threshold.  That being said, I will wait to be seated for up to 45 minutes as long as there is a cocktail lounge or I know the food will be worth it.
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