Hard Times Cafe Alexandria

★★★☆☆
Three different types of excellent chili, ice cold beer and a jukebox full of old faves make the Hard Times good.
  • 1404 King St

    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Cross street: at N West St

    Map & Directions
  • 703-837-0050

About Hard Times Cafe Alexandria

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Sun-Thu 11 am-11 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight

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@Clarke - Obviously has some sort of beef with this place. The Original Hard Times is great. You're not going there because it's a high end five start restaurant, you're going there for good chili, and a down home vibe. This place is top notch.

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@Clarke - Obviously has some sort of beef with this place. The Original Hard Times is great. You're not going there because it's a high end five start restaurant, you're going there for good chili, and a down home vibe. This place is top notch.

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Is the Alexandria Health Department on the take? How is thi splace still open? Fred Parker the cheapo penny pinching miser owner hasn't spent a dime onthe place since it opened. He certainly doesn't waste any money on cleaning supplies. The place smells like a dumpster when you walk through the door. It is disgusting. Those pots on the stove haven't seen a brillo pad in 10 years. That chili is sitting all day on the stove just waiting for the next heart attack victim to walk in. Yeah, the place is cheap. Not just the prices -everything. I kept expecting to see homeless people coming in. How does this place stay in business? I guess poor people have to eat.

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Is the Alexandria Health Department on the take? How is thi splace still open? Fred Parker the cheapo penny pinching miser owner hasn't spent a dime onthe place since it opened. He certainly doesn't waste any money on cleaning supplies. The place smells like a dumpster when you walk through the door. It is disgusting. Those pots on the stove haven't seen a brillo pad in 10 years. That chili is sitting all day on the stove just waiting for the next heart attack victim to walk in. Yeah, the place is cheap. Not just the prices -everything. I kept expecting to see homeless people coming in. How does this place stay in business? I guess poor people have to eat.

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One of the first major chili houses in the area, Hard Times excels at what it does best: making power-packed chilis in three different styles---Texas, Cincinnati and vegetarian. And even among these categories, the kitchen offers choices:…

 

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