Hardrock Cafe

★★★☆☆

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Now and then a visiting friend asks for an excursion to the Hard Rock Cafe as part of their "Washington scene" experience. We accommodate, but I have to say that after the first time, the experience got old. The food is OK, even good--if you like burgers. The music is loud and appropriate for the restaurant's themes. The decor is well done. The memorabilia are fun to explore--at least on a one-time basis. But the waits tend to be long (both before and after being seated), and the service is mediocre. And of course, in downtown DC, parking is always either expensive or difficult--take your choice.

I've taken to responding to my Hard Rock requests with a bit more hesitation. "Are you after the experience, or do you want the pin and the shirt?" I now ask. If it's really the latter they're after, I recommend Ebay. But if the friend still wants the experience--well then, of course, we go. I gotta say, though--it just ain't as much fun as it's cracked up to be. After that first visit, it's just a spiffy burger joint.

But then, I'm getting old--I can actually remember Elvis.

PROS: Still a "tic" on the DC list of many visitors, tasty burgers
CONS: Noisy, crowded, slow service, difficult parking

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★★★☆☆

Now and then a visiting friend asks for an excursion to the Hard Rock Cafe as part of their "Washington scene" experience. We accommodate, but I have to say that after the first time, the experience got old. The food is OK, even good--if you like burgers. The music is loud and appropriate for the restaurant's themes. The decor is well done. The memorabilia are fun to explore--at least on a one-time basis. But the waits tend to be long (both before and after being seated), and the service is mediocre. And of course, in downtown DC, parking is always either expensive or difficult--take your choice.

I've taken to responding to my Hard Rock requests with a bit more hesitation. "Are you after the experience, or do you want the pin and the shirt?" I now ask. If it's really the latter they're after, I recommend Ebay. But if the friend still wants the experience--well then, of course, we go. I gotta say, though--it just ain't as much fun as it's cracked up to be. After that first visit, it's just a spiffy burger joint.

But then, I'm getting old--I can actually remember Elvis.

PROS: Still a "tic" on the DC list of many visitors, tasty burgers
CONS: Noisy, crowded, slow service, difficult parking

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