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“It ain't Texas, but not bad for Maryland” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hard Times Cafe - CLOSED

Hard Times Cafe
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Bethesda, Maryland
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“It ain't Texas, but not bad for Maryland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The five-way veggie chili-mac is real comfort food. Goes great with a pitcher of beer! Fine place to chill with friends.

Visited January 2013
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23 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
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114 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Slow, steady, disappointing decline”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We're done. The last 3 visits have featured sticky table-tops and bland, lukewarm chili. I'd rather stay home and make my own. It's too bad, because I remember what Hard Times once was.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank AgentSmithDC
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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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135 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“The "Cheers" Bar and Restaurant of Bethesda”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The wings are great. The chili, specially the 5 way, is plentiful and tasty. The Beer is cold and icy, a treat for those of us who like it cold. The staff remembers repeat customers and treat you like the favorite side of family. A great family atmosphere especially with kids. Good prices too!
Great week day specials too on the price of food.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Pat G
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Mount Airy, MD
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't Let One Bad Experience Guide You”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

After reading the review of the dripping water and burnt grilled cheese I can see why some would not bother with this restaurant. First off I don't blame that reviewer for the poor review. But that was one family and one time.

Since I moved my office to Bethesda I've become somewhat of a regular at many of the downtown restaurants. Hard Times is in my rotation and is one place I go to more often than many of the others. After visiting there over 15 times I can say that this is a good spot. Their salads are great, as are the burgers (discounted on Mondays). Try the root beer on tap, it's really really good.

For a moderately priced meal out this is one of the better places in Bethesda.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank DaveinMD
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Usa, Japan
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Chili...even for a vegitarian!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012 via mobile

Fun place for a good lunch. They had a large enough selection to other a vegitarian chili & a veggie burger.....awesome veggie chili cheese burger!

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BradAndLee
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