So we decided to try the new express line at Pecan Lodge to skip the 3 hour wait:
We walked out with a plate to eat on the spot and 12 pounds of BBQ to serve later. The pulled pork and brisket were both excellent; I think Franklin’s is better but this is my new favorite in Dallas.
There’s some elegance in the express line concept. The restaurant gets the same net revenue but in many fewer transactions. But if you’re one of the people waiting 2-3 hours for a couple of plates it’s tough to watch the express line move faster (20-30 minute wait) and consume most of the stock and half the counter attention. I don’t think the lines are at equilibrium yet, since 5 pounds of BBQ isn’t all that much ($85) and it’s easy to do the math and realize that you’re better off bringing a few friends and getting 2.5 hours of your life back.
Hopefully they’re able to get to an equilibrium that lets us enjoy this stuff without waiting in line 2+ hours.