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“Ok place to eat.......” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hard Times Cafe - Hagerstown - CLOSED

Hard Times Cafe - Hagerstown
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Family friendly restaurant. Famous for our chilis: Texas, Terlingua, Cincinnati, and Vegetarian. The Texas grilled wings were voted best wings by WTOP listeners. Fresh 1/2 lb burgers with fresh cut fries. Steaks and slow cooked ribs too. Many salad selections. Something for everyone. Sports bar showing all the games all the time. Play billiards on any of the Brunswick billiard tables. Free billiards every day from 11am-5pm with minimum purchase. Live entertainment in the Cue every Friday and Saturday night. Large stage and viewing area.
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ok place to eat.......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We went after finding a nearby restaurant had closed for business. Hard Times was almost empty so had a quiet dinner. Food was ok.......nothing to rave about. But am not knocking it either. I had Chili Bubba (corn bread, chili, onions, & sour cream) and I thought it was good. 4 different chili's to choose from. GF had salmon dinner and she was pleased with it. Good place if you like chili. Is mainly a burgers, chili, beer & pool place. Would have probably been better on a weekend night as I know Hard Times can get packed.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Lonnie B
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  • English first
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English first
Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great people and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Have visited this establishment a few times now and have been very satisfied every time! The staff are all very nice and quick to answer any questions! We really enjoy coming here! I have tried several different items and have liked each one!

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Thank Stephanie D
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“best burgers ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The hotel staff recommended this restaurant, and from the outside, it doesn't look fancy - it has a very plain front and is in a shopping center, so easily missed. If you are in the area and love a big, home cooked burger and an exceptionally helpful and friendly staff, this is the place to eat.

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
Thank Tracie S
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Boston
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Don't bother if you are really hungry!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We arrived at the restaurant and waited several minutes for the server. When the server arrived we had already decided on drink and food orders so we told her what we wanted. After 20 minutes our appetizer arrived. At 45 minutes I started to ask where our food was, especially the entree for the 9 year old in our party. Meanwhile the table next to us had eaten their appetizers and were well in to their entrees - and they arrived 15 minutes after us! I think the most disturbing part was that the manager said that since we ordered a burger, that the food took longer to cook. Instead of sympathizing with the paying customers, the manager was quick to turn the tables making it seem that their actions were completely normal and in a way, our fault. Really? Don't go to this restaurant if you are really hungry or if you have children, unless you plan on waiting. No discount, no sympathy for the customers.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Susanna S
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Lynnmd, Owner at Hard Times Cafe - Hagerstown, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Thank you for your feedback as it helps us to continually improve. The variety of our menu is such that chili entrees are ready in 5 minutes but well done hamburgers take much longer. With regard to your concern, we investigated and did find a timing error with your entree order. We have addressed the error with the staff.
Again, thank you for pointing out our mistake. I hope you have the opportunity to visit us again.
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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239 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Place for Burgers and Chili”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

One of the better places in Hagerstown to get a good burger and a cup of chili. They have a great game room with lots of pool tables in the rear. Staff is very friendly and the quality is excellent. Give them a try.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank rmorin49
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Lynnmd, Owner at Hard Times Cafe - Hagerstown, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thanks so much for your review. My husband and I are the local owners and we are so glad that you enjoy yourself at Hard Times.
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