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Hard Times Cafe



1404 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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(703) 837-0050

Hours

  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Monday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bars, Cafes

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4.6 of 5.0 from 77 reviews


price range:Less than $10

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Hard Times Cafe in Alexandria, VA
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Hard Times Cafe Reviews

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  • tony c.Cincinnati style chili! I had the vegetarian chili, which isn't as good as the rice and beans chili at Skyline, but it's not bad.

    55555 by tony c.


  • Trond AThe best chili!

    55555 by Trond A


  • Sophia JPros: Free chili sampler, free cornbread, prompt service. Cons: chili and spaghetti are very subpar (spaghetti is so bland)

    33333 by Sophia J


  • Sophia JCincinnati (bit sweet) and Terlingua (bit spicy) are the two better flavors over other chili flavors.

    55555 by Sophia J


  • Rafal EThe Best chili!

    55555 by Rafal E


  • Eric A.Cold night? Grab a bar seat by the stove and you'll warm right up

    55555 by Eric A.


  • EricChili bubba

    55555 by Eric


  • Jeff SniderAll the chili is good. The veggie chili is the best anywhere!

    55555 by Jeff Snider


  • Ryan K.Frito pie was amazing, fried Pickle spears are even better. Great service that was fast and friendly. Almost too friendly.

    55555 by Ryan K.


  • Sarah PhippenSpaghetti with Cincinnati chili is a must.

    55555 by Sarah Phippen


  • Mark V.Always have the tasting samples before deciding on your chili. The vegetarian chili was a very tasty surprise!

    55555 by Mark V.


  • Brian SoperThey offer a chili sampler of the four they serve. Liked the chili burger w Terlingua Red chili. Good dive bar vibe.

    55555 by Brian Soper


  • Tyler M.Really dark inside, average fare.

    55555 by Tyler M.


  • Liesbeth V.Nice chili!

    55555 by Liesbeth V.


  • D M.Terlingua Red

    55555 by D M.


  • Chris BChili Taters, fried pickles, and the chili lime wings.

    55555 by Chris B


  • Ray LChili Mac is the best

    55555 by Ray L


  • Joshua-Michael BChili lime wings are amazing.

    55555 by Joshua-Michael B


  • Jiraphon G.We ordered chili cheese burger & hard times chili dog to split. Everything was dry & not even room temperature, like they've been sitting out for awhile. More reason to cook & eat at home.

    22222 by Jiraphon G.


  • Jodi BGreat value for money, and try the Texas chili you will not be disappointed.

    55555 by Jodi B


  • AllenAwesome chili... Highly recommended.... Really. , don't think about it ; just go....you will not be disappointed ! Promise.

    55555 by Allen


  • Patrick R.It sounds great, but unfortunately the chocolate cheesecake is not that good.

    55555 by Patrick R.


  • Aliye C.hot wings and chili, yummmm

    55555 by Aliye C.


  • Chad S.Chili sampler was excellent. Great service.

    55555 by Chad S.


  • Christina S.Cincinnati chili Frito pie!

    55555 by Christina S.


  • Rachel W.This place has the best homemade root beer and chili. Every time I come visit D.C., I just have to come here.

    55555 by Rachel W.


  • Naama S.Great value for money generous portions and really tasty food get the baba chilly

    55555 by Naama S.


  • Michael N.Texas Chili is awesome!!

    55555 by Michael N.


  • Jacob M.The server kept my ciders a commin, hard to beat the old bay wings and slammin down a few Angry Orchard

    55555 by Jacob M.


  • Jeffrey H.Their homemade root beer is fantastic!

    55555 by Jeffrey H.


  • John R.The taster is awesome. My favorite is Texas. Yogurt is not mine, picky kid eater!

    55555 by John R.


  • Dayl E.Disappointing. Free chili sampler was nice but texture seemed like greasy cat food pâté. Got old quickly. Spicy red chili was extremely mild. Skip it!

    33333 by Dayl E.


  • Roman G.Texas chilli yumm!

    55555 by Roman G.


  • Erica L.Veggie nachos are the bomb!

    55555 by Erica L.


  • Marta Lynne M.They're known for their Chili Mac, but go for the Chili Bubba - the corn bread is a great touch!

    55555 by Marta Lynne M.


  • Kelly H.Feb 28 National Chili Day - get a free bowl of chili with any purchase (dime in only)

    33333 by Kelly H.


  • Michelle S.The Hard Times Select Lager is great!

    55555 by Michelle S.


  • Blake M.If you don't want a lot of oil/grease in your chili (especially the Texas kind) order it "dry"!

    33333 by Blake M.


  • Blake M.Chilli Taters WTF!!!! Texas chilli!

    33333 by Blake M.


  • Sabel H.Sometimes they have a sign up on your table to leave your info and they'll give you something for free!

    33333 by Sabel H.


  • Dave S.Go for the Cincinnati Chili 4-Way!

    55555 by Dave S.


  • michael s.Burgers deals on Mondays - and when eating the chili sampler, always wear a bib!

    55555 by michael s.


  • HeatherVeggie chili is tasty, however you like it!

    55555 by Heather


  • Audrey B.Chili nachos are delicious!

    55555 by Audrey B.


  • Stacey L.Some of the best chili outside of Texas. Terlingua Red!

    55555 by Stacey L.


  • Becky S.Love the vegetarian chili! Yum! Great free wings after the Nats game too.

    55555 by Becky S.


  • Mike T.Love the Frito Pie! Trust me there is more than enough to fill you up!

    55555 by Mike T.


  • MacServer Nikola = want to touch the heinie*drool*

    22222 by Mac


  • Kala M.So good and inexpensive. Try the hot dog with chili. If you get fries, as for Texas sauce for dipping. :)

    55555 by Kala M.


  • Joel R.Cincinnati 4-way!

    55555 by Joel R.


  • William B.Burgers are alot better than the chili!

    55555 by William B.


  • Glenn P.Grilled Texas wings are the best wings around

    55555 by Glenn P.


  • Brittany B.Terlingua Red chili frito pie or tots. By far the BEST chili I have ever had!

    55555 by Brittany B.


  • Will W.Try the cornbread... It's pretty damn good

    55555 by Will W.


  • Chris K.Try the Peg Leg ale, its a winner!

    55555 by Chris K.


  • Corey G.Stop coughing lady behind the counter. Yuck! Deuces!

    11111 by Corey G.


  • Raphael L.Great vegetarian chili.

    55555 by Raphael L.


  • Sean H.The chili nachos are substantial and good.

    55555 by Sean H.


  • caroShould have ordered a beer instead, my bourbon and ginger is weak!

    33333 by caro


  • KimberlyBest chilli. Great salmon. Go figure.

    55555 by Kimberly


  • Liz R.Chili lime wings are fantastic! Might have one of the saddest garden salads ever, only lettuce, chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese:-(

    33333 by Liz R.


  • Adam H.Get the house root-beer. It's fantastic.

    55555 by Adam H.


  • Quin P.Wednesday night is Wing Night. They're 45 cents a piece.

    33333 by Quin P.


  • glenn b.Excellent! Tourist staying at a local hotel stopped in here! Great food and service. Try the frito pie. Could not recommend more for a good cheap eat.

    55555 by glenn b.


  • Carol H.Chili taters are fantastic

    55555 by Carol H.


  • Jason H.Half-price burgers on Mondays. Get a chili cheddarburger for the best of both worlds.

    55555 by Jason H.


  • Tony C.chilli with sierra on tap? that's what I am talking about!!!

    55555 by Tony C.


  • Wes H.Ask for the chili sampler to get you started. An awesome dive you have to visit while in Alexandria!

    55555 by Wes H.


  • Jason M.So-so experience. Texas chicken sandwich had tiny piece o chicken, fresh bun but toasted would have been better. Spicy ribs were not spict but meat was good quality. Russian waitress was really nice.

    33333 by Jason M.


  • Hard Times CafeTOMORROW is National Chili Day! Free Chili Dog with minimum purchase!

    55555 by Hard Times Cafe


  • Todd U.Frito Chili Pie is excellent.

    55555 by Todd U.


  • Greg R.The chili cheeseburger with Texas chili is the best burger on the menu. Try the chili lime wings, too. Awesome!

    55555 by Greg R.


  • Rudy R.Nothing beats the grilled chili lime wings.

    55555 by Rudy R.


  • Melinda S.Best Chili in DC - my favorites the Terlingua Red - but try them all ... Texas, Cincinnati, Vegetarian and Terlingua Red. Lots of awesome beers on tap too ... Bon Appetite~

    55555 by Melinda S.


  • Sunil D.One of the few honest dives left in DC (well, northern VA).

    55555 by Sunil D.


  • Sean D.Forget the Chili Mac. . . the noodles are lifeless. Opt for the Coney Dogs instead -- one with Cincinnatti, one with Texas dry. Get a big sweet tea or a Dogfish Head or Heavy Seas beer.

    55555 by Sean D.


  • Garrett P.get the frito chili bowl!

    55555 by Garrett P.


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