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Hard Times Cafe College Park

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4738 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740-1330
301-474-8880
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Chili anyone?

Came here while visiting DC and to watch the military bowl. Wanted a place to watch other bowl games. Decent atmosphere in a strip mall. 4 types of chili, 3 of which we liked, especially over tater tots. Jen our wait staff was excellent. Very attentive and informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
BuckeyeDrBob
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Akron, Ohio
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Akron, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

Came here while visiting DC and to watch the military bowl. Wanted a place to watch other bowl games. Decent atmosphere in a strip mall. 4 types of chili, 3 of which we liked, especially over tater tots. Jen our wait staff was excellent. Very attentive and informative.

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New Carrollton, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My wife and I had some errands to run around College Park so we thought we would stop by for a quick bite to eat at Hard Times. We were seated immediately upon entering. We ordered a side of french fries for my son, an order of fried pickles, and two bowls of chili. We had been there before but... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The burgers are displaced are fantastic. Also the Hot wings grilled rather than fried which was a nice change of pace. However, the hot sauce really wasn't that hot but they do provide hot sauce on the table. The one thing that was surprising was the chili. I ordered a bowl, but it just looked like hot dog chili and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Food was okay but very greasy. Had the Texas chili and it was not great. I am from Texas and the chili there is far superior. The service was horrible. When we paid the waitress didn't bring back all the change. Will not return.

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149 reviews 149 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

They look like a bar. They bring out a chili sampler to start things off. I'm not a big chili eater so my husband and I split a Santa Fe Chicken wrap and it was very good. Servers were very good. Very close to the interstate and easy to get off and on.

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Madison, South Dakota
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

We came for lunch and it was fairly busy. They only had a few servers but our server Shannon was excellent. We liked that they gave samples of their four chili options which came with no beans. We did not care for the vegetarian but the other three were good. You could have beans added if you wished. We liked... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Hard Times serves alcohol and has a bar with several seasonal beers on tap as well as domestic and imported beers. The chili is good and they have a take-out service. There are televisions and a jukebox, so it's not a quiet enclave, just be aware if you had intentions of studying while you eat! They used to have key... More 

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College Park, Maryland, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I like their grilled wings, especially the chili lime ones. The manager is very friendly there. Their burgers are pretty good as well. They did get rid of their burger night last time I went, but they still have specials daily. The place is a pretty typical bar/ restaurant otherwise.

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Cambridge, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This place has a nice atmosphere, friendly servers, and delicious food - several kinds of Chilli specialties. One of those out of the way places that you just have to experience!

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Took our family there on Valentine's Day. Expected to be crowded but we were seated right away. Food and service was great! This was our second time at the Hard Times and I wouldn't hesitate to go back again the next time we are in College Park!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4738 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  College Park
  • Phone Number: 301-474-8880

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?