There are some fast food places in our area that no matter what time of day you go, there is always a line.
Chik-Fil-A is always busy. And it's not limited to a certain location where the service is a bit better or the food is a bit better. No matter which Chik-Fil-A you go to in Greensboro, there will be not only a line but a very long line, circling around the building once or twice.
Cook Out is another one where it doesn't seem to matter which location or the time of day, a visit for their flame grilled burgers or their thick shakes will be a long wait. I remember driving by a Cook Out location after 10 PM and saw there was a line circling around the building and snaking back into an adjoining parking lot.
And there's Biscuitville which is opened only for breakfast and lunch and damned if people do not make the most of those hours. Again, the location doesn't matter. One time I promised Andrea a Biscuitville breakfast and the location I went to had not one but two long parallel lines of cars. So I opted to try another location and found once again there were not one but two long parallel lines of cars.
What is it with it these particular franchises? They do produce quality food but is it really worth the cost in time?
They are not the only game in town but sometimes we make that calculation that something is worth the extra effort.
When someone approaches a Buscuitville with a mile long line and there's a McDonald's right next door also serving breakfast and without a line, the calculation to take the hit and wait in the long line is worth it.
Yesterday, Andrea had a hankering for a Cook Out hamburger and shake. I arrived at one of their locations with a line snaking far and away from the Cook Out building. It was going to be a long wait but damn they have some really good hushpuppies and their pineapple banana milkshake is the bomb.
I sighed and took my place in line.
Sometimes, no, there is no other game in town.