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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 650 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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English first
Fort Worth, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Destin, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great atmosphere-service was great. Small intimate sports setting-plenty of TVs to watch your favorite teams on. Outstanding Chili-four types and they are great on anything they have to offer. Chili burger is awesome! Third time going and it's been the same consistent great food experience every time

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This cafe is lovely. Cozy and calm for a nice breakfast. The vegan pancake is really good, and so is the vegan Helter Skelter. The coffee wasn't something special, but the bottomless refills offered by the kind barista made me feel at home.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had such a great Visit there. Great Dinner and the Lady who served the meal was lovely - she welcomed us llike old freinds and it was a pleasure to us, spending our Evening there. The atmosphere is exactly what you need to get the original american feeling! Great memories ... and the Steak was one of the best... More 

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Denver
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I only had a single item - Texas Chili spaghetti with cheese. It was quite good. Chili was just a little dry. Flavor was good, with just a hint of heat. Portion size was fine and the lone dish filled me up. I loved the character of the place - sitting at the bar, talking w/ the cook, watching the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The original Hard Times Cafe is well worth a visit. Just down the street from the Masonic Temple and the King Street Metro (Blue and Yellow lines), it has the area's best chili and pretty good burgers, too. My fav is the Texas chili, but the veggie is good, too, and super spicy. The Cincy is very mild but works... More 

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Alexandria, Va
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We introduced new friends visiting the area to this place on Monday. They loved it. In fact, they returned there two days later for dinner again! Four different kinds of chili from different regions of the US, served several different ways, with a selection of add-ons or toppers, are available. Don't know what you might like? No problem, there is... More 

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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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