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Hard Times Cafe

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1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
+1 703-837-0050
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11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:45 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 62
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
4 yummy chili choices

Since this was our first visit, our waiter brought the sampler for us to try. All of the choices were yummy. Our party of four ordered the chili over cornbread, rice, Fritos, and tator tots. Each was great, but HUGE! We should have ordered two entrees and shared. We all got a piece of their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
scrappymel
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Edmond, Oklahoma
via mobile
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Casual, fun atmosphere and the best chili around. Whether you like it plain and simple or over spaghetti and with all of the toppings, you'll be pleased. Don't overlook the Frito Pie--so good!!

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Jax, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This little whole in the wall had great chili for a great price my wife and I ate for under $25.00!!! They brought us out a sampler of their chili so that we did not have to guess on how each kind tasted. The staff was very polite and prompt with their service. If you like chili and a down... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We met up with friends here during our vacation and they were very accommodating to our group of 8. Don't let the first view of the little first floor change your mind: they have an upstairs, too! Our waiter was friendly and so helpful! And the food was great, too! We'd definitely go again and recommend to friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We were looking for a place to eat in Alexandria after 10:30 pm and most places were closed. Hard Times Cafe was still open. Samples of chili were great and the chicken quesadillas and corn dogs were great too!

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Since this was our first visit, our waiter brought the sampler for us to try. All of the choices were yummy. Our party of four ordered the chili over cornbread, rice, Fritos, and tator tots. Each was great, but HUGE! We should have ordered two entrees and shared. We all got a piece of their delicious cornbread as well. Our... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Ask them for a tasting of their Chili and then get the one you prefer. Loved their chicken wings. They take a while, as they make them from scratch but they are worth the wait. See some great looking sandwiches but have stayed with the tried and tested.

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Seymour, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great prices and food. Sampler of Chilli was great! Will certainly dine there again. Highly recommended to try!

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Peoria, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I am always on the hunt for great chili and this place has it. We sampled the four different kinds of chili (Texas, Cincinnati, Terlingua Red, Vegetarian). My favorite was the Texas. My husband actually favored the vegetarian which surprised me. It was was good also. We had our chili choice put on hot dogs. The hot dog and bun... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This restaurant is in the heart of Old Town Alexandria on King St. The building is typical of the older buildings in the area - refreshing change from the newer buildings that lack charm. The food was wonderful, but their biggest plus is the staff. They are the absolute best. They really make you feel at home throughout the entire... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is the place to see the original old town. Hard Times is the original Old Towne Alexandria before the namsy pamsy's came to town with their wine sniffin' big noses in the glass snooty stuff. This is the place where you get great food and great beer for a great price. Enjoy the Horse too.

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Additional Information about Hard Times Cafe

Address: 1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
Phone Number: +1 703-837-0050
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
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-837-0050

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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