Hard Times Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 3028 Wilson Blvd

    Arlington, VA 22201

    Cross street: at Garfield St

    Map & Directions
  • 703-528-2233

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Every Hard Times has the same great thing. Simple, quick, taste good. The Arlington store is no different. If you are looking for fantastic service or high quality anything you are barking up the wrong tree but if you are looking for good chili or just good cheap eats without the frills you are in the right spot. Sure the service is iffy but who cares a 4 way chili is around $9.00. WHAT KIND OF SVC ARE PEOPLE EXPECTING FOR THAT PRICE???? I wouldn't expect to greeted with a hostess at mcdonalds so I'm not upset if the host/hostess is dancing around or maybe not being the most appropriate at Hard Times. Give a good inexpensive place the props it deserves and don't expect to much from a place with a check avg of less than $10....

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Every Hard Times has the same great thing. Simple, quick, taste good. The Arlington store is no different. If you are looking for fantastic service or high quality anything you are barking up the wrong tree but if you are looking for good chili or just good cheap eats without the frills you are in the right spot. Sure the service is iffy but who cares a 4 way chili is around $9.00. WHAT KIND OF SVC ARE PEOPLE EXPECTING FOR THAT PRICE???? I wouldn't expect to greeted with a hostess at mcdonalds so I'm not upset if the host/hostess is dancing around or maybe not being the most appropriate at Hard Times. Give a good inexpensive place the props it deserves and don't expect to much from a place with a check avg of less than $10....

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Service was awful. We came in around midnight, ordered a pitcher for four of us, and shots. We were told that there wasn't enough time for us to drink all of that and then the server asked us to leave. We were there for 15 minutes before she even came to our table, and then left. Their loss, I'm a good tipper.

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Service was awful. We came in around midnight, ordered a pitcher for four of us, and shots. We were told that there wasn't enough time for us to drink all of that and then the server asked us to leave. We were there for 15 minutes before she even came to our table, and then left. Their loss, I'm a good tipper.

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Total dump. It hits you as soon as you open the door. That day after the big frat hoouse party smell. Disgusting. Dirtiest place I have ever been. Would have been cleaner in the alley by the dumpster. Felt sick for hours after eating that vile chili from that big dirty pot on the stove. Stay away. Unfortunately you have to give at least one star on this site, deserves none.

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Total dump. It hits you as soon as you open the door. That day after the big frat hoouse party smell. Disgusting. Dirtiest place I have ever been. Would have been cleaner in the alley by the dumpster. Felt sick for hours after eating that vile chili from that big dirty pot on the stove. Stay away. Unfortunately you have to give at least one star on this site, deserves none.

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and a friendly bunch of servers and customers. I like my 5way, though I do tend to regret it a few hours later. Definitely try the taste tester if you haven't been there before. Metro accessible at Clarendon and well worth trying.

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and a friendly bunch of servers and customers. I like my 5way, though I do tend to regret it a few hours later. Definitely try the taste tester if you haven't been there before. Metro accessible at Clarendon and well worth trying.

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The chilli here is amazing. You can try all different kinds in all different ways. When you come here even when it's nto busy the service is average at best. when it is busy it's worse. I would suggest take-out when it comes to this place.

PROS: great chilli
CONS: service not-so-great

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The chilli here is amazing. You can try all different kinds in all different ways. When you come here even when it's nto busy the service is average at best. when it is busy it's worse. I would suggest take-out when it comes to this place.

PROS: great chilli
CONS: service not-so-great

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I've heard how delicious the chili is at the Hard Times Cafe, but the truth is, after going there this past Friday night, I have no idea how their fare is -- I couldn't get any service.

I walked in with four friends, and saw a woman over to our left, dancing franctically. I feared that she was schitzofrenic, but it just turns out that she was our hostess. She directed us to a tall table adjacent to the bar, and we took our seats.

There were maybe five other people in the restaurant, save the staff, but after 10 minutes, no one had come to ask us if they could start us off with any drinks.

I went up to the bar, then, to order a round while we waited, but the bartender told me that I couldn't order from him, if we had a table, and that we would have to wait for our server, who he would send right over.

We then saw the bartender go over to a waitress, and point at us and say "Yeah, that one guy just came over here to get drinks! Can you believe that? Have a little patience, guy."

I decided that I was being impatient, and we waited 15 more minutes for someone to at least come over and give us a friendly, "hello."

It never came, so we got up and went. The hostess almost seemed surprised when we were walking out the door; I would figure that there was some kind of initiative to keep customers away, and that she was well aware of it.

In summation, is the chili at Hard Times all it's cracked up to be? I wish I knew.

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I've heard how delicious the chili is at the Hard Times Cafe, but the truth is, after going there this past Friday night, I have no idea how their fare is -- I couldn't get any service.

I walked in with four friends, and saw a woman over to our left, dancing franctically. I feared that she was schitzofrenic, but it just turns out that she was our hostess. She directed us to a tall table adjacent to the bar, and we took our seats.

There were maybe five other people in the restaurant, save the staff, but after 10 minutes, no one had come to ask us if they could start us off with any drinks.

I went up to the bar, then, to order a round while we waited, but the bartender told me that I couldn't order from him, if we had a table, and that we would have to wait for our server, who he would send right over.

We then saw the bartender go over to a waitress, and point at us and say "Yeah, that one guy just came over here to get drinks! Can you believe that? Have a little patience, guy."

I decided that I was being impatient, and we waited 15 more minutes for someone to at least come over and give us a friendly, "hello."

It never came, so we got up and went. The hostess almost seemed surprised when we were walking out the door; I would figure that there was some kind of initiative to keep customers away, and that she was well aware of it.

In summation, is the chili at Hard Times all it's cracked up to be? I wish I knew.

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dirty place. cheap food that tastes terrible. owner must be a miser cheapo. Heard his name was Fred Parker....

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dirty place. cheap food that tastes terrible. owner must be a miser cheapo. Heard his name was Fred Parker....

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This nice little place serves some great chili. They have several options depending on what type of chili you prefer spicy, sweet, etc You can get your chili loaded with onions and cheese. I like getting mine loaded with these

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This nice little place serves some great chili. They have several options depending on what type of chili you prefer spicy, sweet, etc You can get your chili loaded with onions and cheese. I like getting mine loaded with these

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This is my favorite Hard Times location in the area. I like it because you can park near here and take the Clarendon metro. The food here is as good as the other location nearby but the restaurant seems to have more space. It is easier to

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This is my favorite Hard Times location in the area. I like it because you can park near here and take the Clarendon metro. The food here is as good as the other location nearby but the restaurant seems to have more space. It is easier to

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Hard Times is a great little chili place and the free cornbread is good enough to make me crave it every couple of months! When you first visit, make sure to request the sampler where you can test the 4 different types of chili. Beware

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Hard Times is a great little chili place and the free cornbread is good enough to make me crave it every couple of months! When you first visit, make sure to request the sampler where you can test the 4 different types of chili. Beware

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Hard Times is a national chain but they make some amazing chili. They have 4 different kinds, which are all tasty. My favorite is the Texas style chili. It has a nice kick. Make sure to get your chili loaded with all the great toppings. If

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★★★★☆

Hard Times is a national chain but they make some amazing chili. They have 4 different kinds, which are all tasty. My favorite is the Texas style chili. It has a nice kick. Make sure to get your chili loaded with all the great toppings. If

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Hard Times Caf is located right across the street from the clarendon metro exit. Its got many variety of chili, and theyre all uniformly good and tasty, if a bit greasy and grubby at the same time! If youre in the mood for a big

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★★★☆☆

Hard Times Caf is located right across the street from the clarendon metro exit. Its got many variety of chili, and theyre all uniformly good and tasty, if a bit greasy and grubby at the same time! If youre in the mood for a big

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If you love chili then this is the place you have to try Hard Times at least once. There are several styles to choose from and many different heats of sauces to go with your favorites. The menu is very down to earth with varieties of

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★★★★☆

If you love chili then this is the place you have to try Hard Times at least once. There are several styles to choose from and many different heats of sauces to go with your favorites. The menu is very down to earth with varieties of

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Hard Times is a chain that is all over the DC metro area. The chili here is great. You can get it many different ways. The prices are not too expensive and the service is great. You get plenty of food for your money. The atmosphere is

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Hard Times is a chain that is all over the DC metro area. The chili here is great. You can get it many different ways. The prices are not too expensive and the service is great. You get plenty of food for your money. The atmosphere is

 

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