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Hard Times Cafe College Park

4738 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740-1330
301-474-8880
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Ranked #20 of 93 restaurants in College Park
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jun 29, 2014
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

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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45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

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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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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6 restaurant reviews
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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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Reno, Nevada
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

They provide a chili sampler if you are unsure which you want to order (they have 4: Texas, Terlingua, Cincinnati, Vegetarian) - a nice touch. We both had burgers, which came with fries, cooked to your desired doneness, which they got exactly right. We should have stopped with the (1#) wings appetizer, that we shared, but we didn't. It seems... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We ended up eating dinner here twice as it was convenient to where we were staying. The food was good enough. The first night the onion rings where great and the chicken sandwich was average. The second time the onion rings did not have any batter or coating to speak of, but the BBQ chicken sandwich was better than the... More

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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Terrific and extremely friendly servers but unfortunately the food is meh. They gave us a large free sample of all their chilies without us even asking which was very nice.Not my kind of place but if you like chili I'd give it a try.

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