The toughest tables in the world — and the secrets to scoring a chair

(CNN)Better hope your favorite restaurant never becomes lauded as one of the “world’s best.”

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The second that happens, chances are you’ll never get a table again.

Indeed, of late, some eateries have become harder to get into than an Ivy League college.

Here’s a look at some of the world’s toughest tables and the secrets to scoring a chair.

Franklin Barbecue

Ever since Bon Appetit magazine dubbed this Austin, Texas haunt the country’s best barbecue, lines have been out the door.

    Though the lunch-only spot opens at 11 a.m., co-owner Stacy Franklin admits that on weekends, customers arrive as early at 6 a.m. No matter what time you arrive, though, you’ll likely wait at least four hours.

    “People bring chairs and coolers and throw footballs in the parking lot. We’ve even seen people bring card tables to keep them occupied,” she says.

    If you don’t fancy lining up at dawn for lunch, Franklin recommends dropping by on their “slow” days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Even then, she says, it’s best to be prepared.

    “I would suggest driving by one day around 9 a.m. just to see what you’re in for. Most people do not mind waiting as long as they know what to expect.”

    Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78702;

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