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“Great Root Beer.... but thats about it.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hard Times Cafe College Park

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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 #25 of 99 Restaurants in College Park
Cuisines: American
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Federal Way, Washington
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Root Beer.... but thats about it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Today at lunch when we arrived there was one other table with people (folks this was a CLUE).

We had a small child with us so we sat at a table in the side room. Our server Shauna was very good but the food... well it was UBER greasy.
Not a one of us ate our entire meal. Two of us had the Cincinnati Chili (I ate some but the other person seriously ate maybe 4 bites) It was not very flavorful at all. We tried the sampler first and this was nothing like the Cincinnati Chili we tasted... way less cinnamon.

The childs meal was boxed macaroni and a snack size applesauce still in the plastic container which is okay. My kids would have probably liked this when they were small.

My fiancé had a burnt burger and the taste was mediocre at best. On the up side the fries were great. The root beer was good.

Lastly my daughter had the chicken tender meal and clearly was not wowed by it as she hardly ate anything (usually this is not the case).

If you come to Hard Times stick to the fries and a root beer...

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
College Park, MD
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129 reviews 129 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Dependable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Dependable for chili and wings, and a friendly atmosphere. It can be crowded and noisy at times, but mostly the staff are very obliging. Their different chilies are all delicious and they will mix and match them. The wings are rather good too. And, please note, everything's available for carry out which has certainly been convenient for me and my husband.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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East Coast
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56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Excellent service and food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I overnighted in College Park, MD on our drive from SC to CT. We looked for a sports bar with great food reviews nearby our hotel. We were undecided between Buffalo Wild Wings and the Hard Times Cafe. The food reviews persuaded us to try Hard Times and we were not disappointed. The grilled wings were excellent as were the ribs. Good cold drafts and the Olympics on the TVs made for a good break in our drive up north. Total of $45 for two for a good relaxing dinner. I recommend Hard Times for a reasonably priced good food dinner.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Service ruined the meal”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Chili was amazing! Unfortunately our server (julie i think) was out of it and forget my son's order, and completely butchered my wife's order. Wife ordered chili burger and was brought a burger with pickles, then we mentioned it and waitress brought a side of chili out. At end of meal we were charged for an Elvis burgers? and another $6 for side of chili! Waitress took care of it after explaining she had a rough day because she went home to nap and was supposed to be in work at 4 but didnt get in till after 5.

Visited July 2012
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Eh. Just okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012 via mobile

Ordered chili as it was praised by other reviewers. I chose my favorite from the sampler, the Cincinati, but I was not impressed. It was pretty one-dimensional. Just meat, spices, tomato purée. I prefer a little more zest- peppers, chunky tomatoes, a squeeze of lime, some cilantro. And I prefer it a bit sweeter and less salty. We also had some wings which were good and really hot. But in general, since most of the menu is about the chili, I was expecting it to be better.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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