09/30/2014 11:51 am ET Updated Sep 30, 2014

19 Cult Food Destinations Worth Enduring An Insanely Long Wait In Line

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How long would you wait in line for your favorite nosh? An hour? Two? A whole day?

With beloved Chicago hot dog spot Hot Doug's set to close its doors forever on Friday, lines in recent weeks have stretched so long and started so early -- 1:30 a.m.! -- that the tiny restaurant is closing its line to newcomers hours before the place even opens. Some people are waiting at least 9 hours for their hot dogs.

In an industry with many, many options for belly-filling, that sort of dedication to a food destination -- a willingness to brave crowds and stand in queue for hours at a time -- is rare, especially when it can sustain past the excitement that often greets the opening of a buzzed-about hotspot. But some eateries do manage to inspire a dedicated cult of devotees.

When is it worth it to pack a book and hunker down for a comforting plate of fatty brisket or a hot, fresh doughnut? We rounded up 19 restaurants and bakeries that typically share three things in common: Delicious grub, long lines and no reservations allowed.

21 Cult Food Destinations With Insanely Long Lines

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