They say the best things in life are worth waiting for, but we'd like to add a big "sometimes" to that adage.
Yes, things like juicy brisket from Pecan Lodge or a stacked sandwich from Jimmy's Food Store are worth standing in a line for, even a long one. But let's be honest: Who wants to spend hours sharing their personal space with strangers while the world passes by? That is, unless it's worth it.
North Texans and visitors to the area spent copious amounts of time and energy in local lines -- big ones, too. See what the heck people were waiting for in 2016.
To get into WrestleMania 32
In April, one of the biggest sports and entertainment events of the year hit North Texas bringing record crowds with it. In fact, WrestleMania marked its largest installment in history -- a crazy 101,763 people attended the main event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The venue opened its doors two hours before celebrity wrestlers like the Rock took to the ring, but fans had already queued up in droves. Many didn't even make it to their seat before the main card started, forcing WWE and AT&T Stadium to publicly apologize.
For sweets at Carlo's Bakery
Buddy Valastro has made viewers drool over his beautiful cakes for years on television show Cake Boss, so it's no surprise that when the chef opened one of his proprietary bakeries in Dallas, the masses lined up to get a taste. People peeked in the windows of the store as it was being built and showed up in force on opening day in March; Valastro was reportedly there until 3 a.m. signing autographs. Even 10 days after its debut, locals were waiting up to three hours for the famed confections.
To get the meat sweats at Heim Barbecue
Near triple digit temperatures didn't deter barbecue lovers in August when Emma and Travis Heim moved their meaty business from a food trailer to brick-and-mortar restaurant. Hungry locals lined up as early as 3:15 a.m. the day of the debut. By 10 a.m., when the barbecue joint opened, a line stretched down and around the block of Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth. Heim Barbecue went through 1,500 pounds of brisket and 300 pounds of potato salad that day. We'll see if enthusiasm keeps up next year when the husband-and-wife duo open a second location.
For novelty treats from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
Cuteness was on the menu earlier this year when a Hello Kitty-themed food truck rolled into the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, and apparently it was a hot commodity. In March, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, as it's known, attracted thousands of visitors who waited up to three hours to get their hands on adorable -- if overpriced -- sweets and bow-shaped water bottles. The attraction was so popular, the truck came back for an encore in November.
For swag at Kanye's Life of Pablo pop-up shop
Kanye West may be one of the most polarizing artists in pop music, but there's no denying his marketing genius. In August, he opened a network of pop-up clothing shops around the world, one of which landed at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco. Fans lined up all weekend to get their hands on official Life of Pablo swag, so named for West's most recent album. The scene was not unlike an airport security check point, but on the other side, locals traveled in high fashion.
To reach "burger nirvana" at Shake Shack
This New York burger chain's arrival in Big D was certainly one of the most anticipated openings of the year and attracted its fair share of fanatics. On Shake Shack's opening day, the first customer, who called the restaurant "burger nirvana," got in line at 5 a.m. decked in burger-branded T-shirt and matching sunglasses. She even brought an insulated lunch box to take lunch to her coworkers. The restaurant in Uptown Dallas is rather small, so lines to the ordering kiosk ran out the doors, down and around the sidewalk.
For free coffee at Luke's Cafe pop-ups
If you've seen the Gilmore Girls revival, you'll find this next one entertaining. To build hype around its return, cafes inspired by the show's iconic Luke's Diner popped up nationwide, including five places in D-FW. Free coffee -- and presumably nostalgia/excitement -- enticed lots of locals; waits at 9 a.m. were reportedly more than an hour.
To eat Asian sweets at 85°C Bakery Cafe
Carrollton became home to the first 85°C Bakery Cafe in Texas and it's big deal y'all. The acclaimed bakery is nicknamed the "Starbucks of Taiwan," but its name actually refers to the temperature at which the company believes coffee holds the best flavor. In addition to the renown Sea Salt Latte, 85°C is known for its Mooncakes, dozens of different types of breads and pastries. Everything is baked fresh and people go wild for it. Though it opened in August, we're told it still gets busy with long lines on weekends.
For everything besides music at Off the Rails Country Music Fest
This inaugural event at Frisco's Toyota Stadium was popular to a fault. Big names like Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt drew so many people, the venue ended up being the two-day festival's biggest burden. According to GuideLive's then-music critic, overly long beer and food lines obstructed pathways to the bathrooms and seats. "It was possible to spend the majority of one's time in line for something or trying to get around lines," the review reads. Unfortunately this did not include line dancing. (Off the Rails returns May 6-7, 2017.)
To parking lot party at Chick-fil-A
Lines are a constant at local Chick-fil-A locations, but when a new one opened in Far North Dallas, people camped out 24 hours in advance. But for what, you ask? Each person who stayed the allotted time earned 52 free meals from the chain restaurant. That's not the only reason, however; many fans enjoy the camaraderie. "It's not about the free food as much as it's about hangin'," said a five-time Chick-fil-A camp-out veteran.
For the warm, tasty goodness of Tiff's Treats
The allure of warm chocolate chip cookies was enough to convince dozens of residents in Allen to camp out before the opening of a new Tiff's Treats location in November. Tiff's Treats was started by a Richardson couple who, when they were in college, wanted to help fellow students make it through exams. Locals love it -- in 2014, the business was crowned Dallas-Fort Worth's favorite sweet eats shop in a GuideLive poll.
To get tickets to Willie Nelson's upcoming concert
In the 21st century, not everyone physically waits in line. Folks at Granada Theater learned that earlier this year, when thousands of fans hopped online to buy tickets to Willie's Nelson's upcoming shows there. Seconds after they were on sale, they were gone, marking the historic concert venue's quickest sell out to date.