Hard Knox Cafe

Hard Knox Cafe

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Dogpatch
2526 3rd St (at 22nd St), San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Sergio R.
    "Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better"(7 Tips)
    Robin A.
    "3 piece fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle"(3 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread."(10 Tips)
    Bennett W.
    "Chicken and Waffles with Macaroni and Cheese - delicious."(5 Tips)
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  • fried chicken
  • mac & cheese
  • cornbread
  • corn muffins
  • soul food
  • oxtail
  • catfish
  • collard greens
  • lively
  • country fried steak
  • sweet tea
  • ribs
  • casual
  • good service
  • gumbo
  • snapper
  • authentic
  • comfort food
  • great value
  • garden burgers
  • Nick C.

    Love the ribs and cornbread.

    Nick Crocker · 1 week ago
  • Katherine Y.

    Great fried chicken salad!

    Katherine Y · 3 weeks ago
  • Patrick S.

    You can't go wrong with the fried chicken, the short ribs or the blackened snapper.

    Patrick S · August 28
  • Takashi M.

    Anything fried here is great.

    Takashi M · July 20
  • Nancy T.

    Mmmm mmm mmm! Hook me up with that fried chicken, mac n' cheese, and some greens!!

    Nancy Tran · July 6
  • Mark H.

    Have the chicken philly!

    Mark Heyert · June 21
  • Chong Han C.

    Cornbread muffins. I can eat them all day

    Chong Han Chua · May 14
  • SFist

    The chicken is cooked until its exterior is a dark golden brown, and will make you believe in fryer vat miracles. Don't expect the fastest service, but in return, you're welcome to linger. Read more

    SFist · March 30
  • Daniel P.

    Used to be a regular for lunch. Mac and cheese + collard greens + the smothered pork chops are fantastic.

    Daniel Plemmons · March 30
  • Marshall S.

    7x7 mag recommends for southern comfort food "exceptional waffles paired with crisp fried chicken and cornbread"

    Marshall St. Clair · March 26
  • Sergio R.

    Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better

    Sergio Rodriguez · February 10
  • Clayton P.

    What's not to love here. Can't go wrong but I'm partial the the fried catfish with crystal sauce. Side of greens and red rice and beans. Good beer and root beer on tap.

    Clayton Peters · December 28, 2014
  • Ros H.

    The original down-to-earth bar and BBQ. Treat yourself to fried chicken and all the fixins.

    Ros Hodgekiss · November 10, 2014
  • Bennett W.

    Chicken and Waffles with Macaroni and Cheese - delicious. Friendly staff and good service.

    Bennett Wong · November 3, 2014
  • Love L.

    I received terrible customer service today. Ordered my food at 11:00 soon as they opened was told it would take 10-15 min. Sadly it took over 30 while people who came in after I were served.

    Love Love · October 22, 2014
  • Amy L.

    Don't mess around and just get the fried chicken. Also, a tip for those rare hot days in SF: there's no A/C!

    Amy L. · September 8, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Matt McNamara, chef of Sons & Daughters, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Blackened cat fish. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Connie C.

    Corn muffins, freshly squeezed orange juice, Mac n cheese, fried chicken — all legit.

    Connie Chen · August 17, 2014
  • Carla L.

    Our regular place to kick off the weekend. We order the same every week and wait staff knows us. Sounds boring, but the food isn't. Very good red beans and rice, and I'm from New Orleans. Thumbs up!

    Carla Layne · August 7, 2014
  • SFGate

    Three pieces of fat, juicy chicken ($12) - generously coated in flour and garlic salt with an undercurrent of what tastes like cayenne - come with two sides, plus excellent corn muffins. Read more

    SFGate · August 2, 2014
  • Ryan L.

    Delicious and friendly service! Ox tail and fried chicken are amazing! Also free wifi which is their phone number

    Ryan Lum · July 17, 2014
  • Jessica A.

    Food took forever to get to our table but it was tasty

    Jessica Alvarez · June 29, 2014
  • Chad B.

    Two eggs, potatoes, toast and 3 fried chicken.

    Chad B · April 26, 2014
  • Bakh I.

    Guest WiFi password: 4156483770

    Bakh Inamov · April 19, 2014
  • Justin H.

    Don't be modest. Get that chicken & waffle.

    Justin Hernandez · April 1, 2014
  • skyle

    Mac n cheese on a cold day, toss in some chololu to kick it up a notch.

    skyle · March 29, 2014
  • Aura

    Come on Sunday at 11am for quick seating & great service. They do not take AMEX but Visa & MC.

    Aura · February 16, 2014
  • Karen L.

    Fried chicken and waffles I love you....

    Karen Liew · January 15, 2014
  • Benjamin J.

    Try the Country Fried Steak - So good

    Benjamin Juang · December 9, 2013
  • Jake B.

    They hide the sign in/wait list sheet on the left inside the door. Don't get tricked into waiting in the cold for nothing!

    Jake Bilbrey · November 17, 2013
  • Dan K.

    $12 for a very large platter of 3 pieces fried chicken, two sides (mac n' cheese and collard greens, mmm), and two pieces of cornbread. Wash it down with an ice cold beer.

    Dan Kim · October 2, 2013
  • Erik F.

    country fried steak mmmmmm

    Erik Formella · September 7, 2013
  • Traci W.

    A little slice of the South in SF. The corn muffins ARE as good as they smell. Get some collard greens and add some Cholula hot sauce. The catfish poboy is tasty as is the roll it's on.

    Traci Wilbanks · August 12, 2013
  • Kelly R.

    Y'all don't know comfort food.

    Kelly Ren · August 10, 2013
  • David F.

    Try all the sides

    David Forbes · July 20, 2013
  • John M.

    Country fried steak! That's all....

    John Michael · July 13, 2013
  • Kevin P.

    Fried Chicken Sandwich

    Kevin Park · June 22, 2013
  • Bennett W.

    Corn Muffins with Chicken and Waffles

    Bennett Wong · June 20, 2013
  • Mark D.

    Fried chicken or oxtail are the clear winners. We always resolve to order something else and then we arrive and can't resist and order fried chicken and oxtail again...

    Mark Del Lima · June 18, 2013
  • Tim B.

    Try the oxtail and some red beans and rice with a side of corn. The cornbread rocks!

    Tim Bolus · June 5, 2013
  • Beatriz E.

    Corn muffins are to die for!

    Beatriz Escobar · May 21, 2013
  • Nathan M.

    Fried chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken! Woop!

    Nathan M · May 19, 2013
  • Craig C.

    Best Soul Food in town. Great service too!

    Craig Chan · April 12, 2013
  • Jessica B.

    I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread. Wish they'd add some fried okra ;)

    Jessica Baldwin · March 13, 2013
  • Lamont L.

    Gumbo is awesome (very spicy) and only available thursday and friday

    Lamont Lucas · March 1, 2013
  • Omid A.

    Split 4 pieces of fried chicken and Mac n cheese for 2 people!

    Omid Aminpour · March 1, 2013
  • Libby S.

    They go above and beyond!!! Amazing!!!

    Libby Schultz · January 19, 2013
  • Lilian

    Best corn bread I've ever had. Yams a bit too sweet.

    Lilian · January 13, 2013
  • Rosemarie M.

    Great spicy chicken sandwich - someone told me to remove the green chilies which kicked it down to a good hot

    Rosemarie McKeon · January 13, 2013
  • Miwa N.

    Fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle. Heavenly! Collard green, cabbage, yam... all the side dishes are delish, too!!

    Miwa Nagamitsu Ahlstrom · January 7, 2013

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