TAMPA (FOX 13) - After a long weekend prepping and waiting for Hurricane Irma, many people across the Bay Area were ready for a hot meal Monday.
It was evident by long lines at the few restaurants that opened Monday afternoon.
At Sonny's BBQ in Tampa, a line stretched away from the building into the parking lot.
But the sun was shining when Jennifer Hollifield snapped a picture of lots of patient people waiting for seating.
On the roadway next to Steak 'n Shake near Lake Magdalene in Tampa, more than a dozen cars stretched along Dale Mabry Highway, all in line to get to the restaurant's drive thru.
A similar scene played out on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa as drivers lined up, waiting to drive through McDonald's.
At a Waffle House in Clearwater, hungry customers formed a line along the side of the building, stretching out into the parking lot.
There was also a line outside Outback Steakhouse in St. Petersburg and Domino's Pizza in Bartow.
Many were happy to wait in line if it meant a hot meal was in their future.