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Hard Knox Cafe

2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
415-648-3770
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Ranked #674 of 4,857 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Stayed in SF only for a couple of days in an Airbnb stop. Out host recommended this place and were they right? Yes they were. Easy parking right outside. Easy to find. Queue to get in, always a good sign. Staff were great and gave a good indication of how long the wait would be and were spot on. The... More

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South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This small restaurant offers so much good comfort food and great draft beer that it is unbelievable! The only complaint is that you usually have to wait in line to get a table. I absolutely love the fried chicken and waffle dish. You can ask for all white meat or dark or just get what they bring you. Of course... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is the best southern food restaurant you can find in bay area! Their fried chicken and corn bread is so delicious! The space is small but very much feel like a home kind of place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I lived in GA and one of the best things about that (coming from Denver, originally) was the southern home style cooking that sticks to your ribs. The comfort foods, if you will. New to the Bay Area my co-workers took me to Hard Knox cafe. First of all, the intense aroma wafting out of the door made my mouth... More

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Thoiry, Rhone-Alpes, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I ate here for Sunday lunch and really enjoyed it. The place was pretty full, but it was possible to sit and eat at the bar. Being from Savannah, GA, I really wanted my Italian boyfriend to try authentic Southern food. Hard Knox ticked all the boxes. Large portions of tasty soul food and a very reasonable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

The best southern food I have ever tasted. The service was very friendly and efficient. I had the pulled pork sandwich quite frankly it was delicious with a capital D. For my taste it was the perfect amount of sweet.

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is the IT spot for soul food! We were thoroughly impressed by the service and food and will certainly return (we actually visited twice before leaving Cali). I recommend the fried catfish/the fry chicken. This place was AWESOME!

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Monaco
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Free freshly baked corn muffins, very generously sized portions will have you taking the left overs home. I had fried snapper, which was tasty but a bit dry, collared greens that had been cooked to far too long, and yams with brown sugar to die for. The food really only deserves 3 dots, but the funky corrugated iron walls, very... More

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Saratoga, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

On your way to or back from a Giants game, stop here for the fried chicken! I had the fried chicken sandwich - yum! I had a class so went here during the week for lunch and it was packed with locals who seemed to be regulars - always a good sign. All the good southern stuff was available...greens, mac... More

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Lafayette, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Absolutely love the fried chicken here!!! Went with some friends, and immediately had to bring my spouse to experience the food that same week! The cornbread is yummy, too. Always a great place to find good food at a reasonable price. Have to put your name on a wait-list board, but a table usually opens up in a timely manner.... More

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