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Hard Times Cafe
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13032 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874-2617
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13032 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874-2617
240-686-0150
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English first
Germantown, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Rumor has it that the landlord raised the rent and Hard Times walked. Fine by me, Their kitchen couldn't make Hard Times chili right anyway, I had to go to their Rockville location for that. Hoping for a GREAT locally owned and operated pizza joint at this location.

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Germantown, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

This location closed down after the Super Bowl after getting a 70% rent increase from the shopping center. Thanks for 10 great years of fun. Thanks to all the bartenders over the years for great service. We will miss the place. If anyone is looking for Buzztime trivia most of the players will be down at BWW Gaithersburg on Clopper... More 

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This seems to be our go to place to watch NFL games on Sundays. They have a large seating area with multiple TVs to watch the games. Sometimes it is hard finding a table though, however, we've arrived after the games have started and found tables. Their game day specials are pretty good, $3 drafts and wing specials. Their wings... More 

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I visited my last time. The place is starting to not just look old but smell old. The floor was slippery. The wait staff did not know their products (could not explain their beer which is a sin in my book). The food as always was okay and the corn bread really is good but the overall condition will keep... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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321 reviews 321 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The chili is really pretty good, especially the the Teralinga and the Texas. My wife likes the veggig chili. With that said, I usuall opt for either a burger or their terrific chicken wings. The wings are meatier than most and the sauce options are good. The beers are always cold and the service is always firendly.

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Highland, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Been spending way too many days in the Germantown area lately, but one thing that has become a staple is going to Hard Times Cafe for wings on Wing Night Wednesday. Wings are half price and are very good. The wings at Hard Times are not the lathered up, sauced up wings you get at other places. They have fine... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

So, this is really a Billiards Hall. This is not where you want to go for the legendary Hard Times Chilli, the kitchen isn't that great. Go to the Rockville location for the real thing: Texas wet with chopped onions and cheese, Onion rings on the side.

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Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I can not get enough of the Cincinnati Chili at Hard Times. It is awesome and always good. I like mine 3-way with sour cream. The Texas wings are great too. They fry them, then grill them. I have eaten here at least 25 times and have never been disappointed with the food. Sometimes the service is not great, but... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This location is spacious with about a dozen pool tables, 8 dart boards, a large outdoor section with warm weather bar and 2 cornhole games in sandy area, and are large dining section. The servers are usually very good about checking on you for food and drink orders as you play. They also offer poker and trivia nights, as well... More 

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Newtown, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Fabulous Chilli. The Texas style, medium wet with cheese, chopped jalopeno peppers and chopped tomatoes is awesome. Great beer selection as well.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13032 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874-2617
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Germantown
  • Phone Number: 240-686-0150

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?