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“You better like Chili!”
Review of Hard Times Cafe

Hard Times Cafe
Ranked #20 of 767 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Reviewed January 17, 2013

I like chili and had the Cincinnati style. It met my expectations. We were there late for lunch ( 2pm) but waitress was friendly and efficient. Bar with pool tables was starting to get active when we left.....looked pretty smokey!

Thank J L
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you're hungry for burgers or chili, look no further. Hard Times is our go-to restaurant for either of these. The deep-fried pickles are delicious, and there's an excellent selection of beers.

Thank LisaAnn706
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is my favorite location to head to when I am near Old Towne. The space is warm, clean, inviting, though a bit dark for some. It has great food, from the tater tots with your favorite chilli on them, to the Frito pie, one of my standards. You can be in and out quick, since the food comes out fast, or you can linger longer and have a beer and sit back and relax.

It's a great location.

Thank GoodFood88
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We chose this place because we wanted an early dinner and the neighbouring restaurants were all absolutely empty. This place was full of people of all ages, families, young people and older people. Although it is a chilli and nachos type place, if you, like us, would like a lighter offering the steak salad and the grilled salmon salad were terrific, made in front of us at the bar by the friendly server, and good value. So don't be deterred by the tex-mex presentation.

Thank Denise095
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Went to the Hard Times to watch a bowl game. Made our decision based on the "World's Best Chili" claim. We were very disappointed. Had a taste test of all 4 chilis and none lived up to the title. Also, there was no turkey chili for those who don't want vegetarian but want meat. My crock pot chili is far better. Onion rings were greasy and not crisp. Overall a huge disapointment. We gave a "3" rating because the waitress was great, definitely not because of the food.

Thank akiger
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