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Hard Times Cafe

1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715 (Old Town)
703 837 0050
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Ranked #33 of 648 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Old Town
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Sparta, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on our first night in Alexandria. This places name caught our attention so decided to go there. Looked packed at first, but there was lots of space upstairs to sit. So don't be afraid to go in if it looks busy. Waitress was good and attentive. They give you samples of chili, None of us really cared... More

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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

I like chili! I make excellent chili. And this was ok. The service was great. Business was good for them that night, however we had a loud mouth woman behind my booth, who never shut up. Had there been somewhere else to sit, I would have requested so. The samples were a cool idea. But overall, I don't see how... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were looking for a late (9ish) healthy dinner near our hotel. Hard Time Cafe is mainly Chili based but we found they serve a grilled Salmon salad and fish tacos. Both were really great. The sauce on the fish tacos was just right and not as spicy as we were warned it might be. Waitress was very helpful and... More

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Brambleton, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Been going to this location for close to twenty years, including where I basically met my spouse. Our family met with long-term friends and a good time was had by all. The wings were delicious and the different types of chili covered everyone and did not disappoint. Great location where you can walk to the shops.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

On the way back to our hotel via metro and shuttle decided to spend some time in old town since we hadn't been to this specific area for a while. Stumbled across this place, waitress was awesome! Very attentive and full of knowledge. She helped make this a great experience. If in the area stop and get a bite to... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I am in Alexandria on business, and I was free in the late afternoon. When I walked by Hard Times, I saw that they won a lot of "Best Ofs," so I gave it a shot. They bring you samples of their four Chilis; I chose the Texas style. It was just Beef and spices, no Tomato sauce. The waitress... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited here this past week and it was great. The were kind to our children and went out of their way to show interest in them. The tasting was great. Each person found a favorite. Great vegi chili! It was such a hit and made us feel welcomed that we had to go twice during our trip. Thank you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Hard Times offers quality food at reasonable prices. The chili is outstanding and is served over spaghetti. My favorite is Texas style. The service is generally good and the atmosphere is always lively. Definitely a place to visit on a regular basis. TIP: Ask for your chili dry. This will eliminate most of the extra grease from the chili.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Good food, service and atmosphere. It was fun to taste the different kinds of chili in the sampler. Our friend that is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, fish, and shellfish was able to order and eat with no reaction. The staff was knowledgeable about ingredients and helpful with our choices. (They no longer make the veg chili with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I could kick myself for not remembering her name but she was attentive and very informative about the menu. My kids cheered when they saw corn dogs on the menu and my husband cheered when he got to sample all the chili varieties. He settled on the Terlingua Red (delicious) with the works! All in all, we had a very... More

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