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Hard Times Cafe

1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715 (Old Town)
703 837 0050
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Ranked #34 of 654 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Neighborhood: Old Town
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Madison, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed my first visit here. My husband I wanted to get out of the cold and grab something quick to eat. After seating, we were able to try the four chili's they had. They all were great. This place is a must next time I am in town.

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Holland, MI
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

This place was nothing special but had more of a hometown feel. The chili was very good though and enjoyed it very much! It was that comfort food away from home. Their service was a little slow though so if you are in a hurry for lunch....may want to pass.

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Waco, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited D.C. and at the recommendations on Yelp we decided to try the Hard Times Cafe. We loved the food and the service was excellent. In the week that we stayed in the DC area we made 3 trips to eat here! This is a "must try" place, in my opinion!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was our first visit to Hard Times and we loved it so much that we had a second visit. Our Son and Daughter in Law came here earlier in the year and brought us for a meal while we were here for the Christmas/New Year holidays. The meal we had was really good and the waitress couldn't have been... More 

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Deer Park, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Nestled in the quaint town of Old Town Alexandria, this restaurant is a hidden gem. You'll know you arrived because a GIANT HORSE is displayed outside the restaurant. Every time my husband and I go to our Wyndham timeshare, whether in Alexandria or National Harbor, we ALWAYS make it a point to have a meal here. This time we brought... More 

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Bitburg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Chili is the specialty here, and it met all the expectations. The interior is comfortable and relaxing with friendly and attentive staff. You can choose from four types of chili and before you make your choice the staff will bring you a small sampler to assist with your decision. Accompany it with a beer from their nice selection, and you... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Stopped in and had Appetizers while waiting for room. Casual bar atmosphere, not a full bar. Had the onion rings and quesadilla. Seemed that many of the dishes are Texas based. Provide a chili sampler to try, the Terlingua was my favorite of the choices, the vegetarian was much better than I had thought it would be however. The onion... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

What a meal. Just finished the whiskey river burger. Debra is my waitress - busy but attentive. She got my Sam Adams winter lager and my burger. Tried to get me to try the chili - but I decided to forego for another night. Good menu - not expensive $15 plus Debra's 20% tip. Have eaten here twice now and... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

OMGosh if you want to have some great chili and cornbread, this is the place to go. They have four styles of chili. They serve it over spaghetti - order cheese and onions with it!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Coming into eat at the Hard Times Café is like coming home, only better. Great choices of chili and toppings. Love the Cincinnati chili 4-ways and the corn bread is good too!

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Additional Information about Hard Times Cafe

Address: 1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
Phone Number: 703 837 0050
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:45 pm

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