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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Hard Times Cafe

4920 Del Ray Ave. Send to Phone
301-951-3300
Get your chili any way you like it.

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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Hard Times Cafe Restaurant Review

: One of the first major chili houses in the area, Hard Times excels at what it does best: Makes power-packed chilis in three different styles---Texas, Cincinnati, and vegetarian. And even among these categories, the kitchen offers choices: with spaghetti, with beans, with cheese, and/or with onions. Our favorite is the tried-and-true Texas chili with coarse-ground meat served with beans, and topped with cheese and onions. Nonchili dishes include sandwiches and salads, but you have to ask, Why bother with these? Responding to America's love for the chili bowl, each café sells pints, quarts, and gallons of chili to go, plus its sweet corn bread. You can also find Hard Times' t-shirts, hot sauces, and spice mixes.



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