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Hard Knox Cafe

Hard Knox Cafe

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Dogpatch, San Francisco
97 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • fried chicken
  • mac & cheese
  • cornbread
  • soul food
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  • Raquel M.
    Raquel MunozJuly 26, 2017
    Fried chicken and waffles obviously
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmootMay 7, 2017
    Great food good quality customer service.Ive almost tried everything on the menu so far it's been all good.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJanuary 11, 2017
    The fried chicken meal is an insane amount of food.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.December 24, 2016
    Fried chicken 😍
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgDecember 4, 2016
    Amazing omelets!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 16, 2016
    I am from the South and these guys serve up some of the best southern cooking I have had. Great portions, service, friendly people too.
  • Max K.
    Max KNovember 2, 2016
    The best collard greens I've ever had
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenApril 11, 2016
    If you want to try something that's not fried chicken, go with the ox tail. So damn good. And the cornbread was one of the best I've ever had! Alert: huge portions so be prepared to share or take out.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxMarch 2, 2016
    Spicy fried chicken or country fried steak - but get the collards either way!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BFebruary 23, 2016
    They're known for their friend chicken, so have them when you're dining here. 😄😋
  • Chad B.
    Chad BFebruary 23, 2016
    Fried chicken! Yum!! 😋😛
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerFebruary 19, 2016
    Muffins are great. I really like the collards. And it's hard to go wrong with spicy fried chicken.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PFebruary 8, 2016
    The corn bread oml 😍
  • P L.
    P LDecember 20, 2015
    So. Much. Food.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerNovember 21, 2015
    Love the ribs and cornbread.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱November 7, 2015
    Great fried chicken salad!
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SAugust 28, 2015
    You can't go wrong with the fried chicken, the short ribs or the blackened snapper.
  • Takashi M.
    Takashi MJuly 20, 2015
    Anything fried here is great.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Mmmm mmm mmm! Hook me up with that fried chicken, mac n' cheese, and some greens!!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HeyertJune 21, 2015
    Have the chicken philly!
  • Chong Han C.
    Chong Han ChuaMay 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cornbread muffins. I can eat them all day
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 30, 2015
    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
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsMarch 30, 2015
    Used to be a regular for lunch. Mac and cheese + collard greens + the smothered pork chops are fantastic.
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairMarch 26, 2015
    7x7 mag recommends for southern comfort food "exceptional waffles paired with crisp fried chicken and cornbread"
  • Sergio R.
    Sergio RodriguezFebruary 10, 2015
    Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better
  • Clayton P.
    Clayton PetersDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    The original down-to-earth bar and BBQ. Treat yourself to fried chicken and all the fixins.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 3, 2014
    Chicken and Waffles with Macaroni and Cheese - delicious. Friendly staff and good service.
  • Love L.
    Love LoveOctober 22, 2014
    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.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LuoSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Matt McNamara, chef of Sons & Daughters, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Blackened cat fish. Read more
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChenAugust 17, 2014
    Corn muffins, freshly squeezed orange juice, Mac n cheese, fried chicken — all legit.
  • Carla L.
    Carla LayneAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    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
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LumJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious and friendly service! Ox tail and fried chicken are amazing! Also free wifi which is their phone number
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlvarezJune 29, 2014
    Food took forever to get to our table but it was tasty
  • Chad B.
    Chad BApril 26, 2014
    Two eggs, potatoes, toast and 3 fried chicken.
  • Bakh I.
    Bakh InamovApril 19, 2014
    Guest WiFi password: 4156483770
  • Justin H.
    Justin HernandezApril 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be modest. Get that chicken & waffle.
  • skyle
    skyleMarch 29, 2014
    Mac n cheese on a cold day, toss in some chololu to kick it up a notch.
  • Aura
    AuraFebruary 16, 2014
    Come on Sunday at 11am for quick seating & great service. They do not take AMEX but Visa & MC.
  • Karen L.
    Karen LiewJanuary 15, 2014
    Fried chicken and waffles I love you....
  • Benjamin J.
    Benjamin JuangDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Country Fried Steak - So good
  • Jake B.
    Jake BilbreyNovember 17, 2013
    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!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimOctober 2, 2013
    $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.
  • Erik F.
    Erik FormellaSeptember 7, 2013
    country fried steak mmmmmm
  • Traci W.
    Traci WilbanksAugust 12, 2013
    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.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RenAugust 10, 2013
    Y'all don't know comfort food.
  • David F.
    David ForbesJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try all the sides
  • John M.
    John MichaelJuly 13, 2013
    Country fried steak! That's all....
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin ParkJune 22, 2013
    Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongJune 20, 2013
    Corn Muffins with Chicken and Waffles
  • Mark D.
    Mark Del LimaJune 18, 2013
    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...
  • Tim B.
    Tim BolusJune 5, 2013
    Try the oxtail and some red beans and rice with a side of corn. The cornbread rocks!
  • Beatriz E.
    Beatriz EscobarMay 21, 2013
    Corn muffins are to die for!
  • Nath M.
    Nath MMay 19, 2013
    Fried chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken, fried chicken! Woop!
  • Craig C.
    Craig ChanApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Soul Food in town. Great service too!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BaldwinMarch 13, 2013
    I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread. Wish they'd add some fried okra ;)
  • Lamont L.
    Lamont LucasMarch 1, 2013
    Gumbo is awesome (very spicy) and only available thursday and friday
  • Omid A.
    Omid AminpourMarch 1, 2013
    Split 4 pieces of fried chicken and Mac n cheese for 2 people!
  • Libby S.
    Libby SchultzJanuary 19, 2013
    They go above and beyond!!! Amazing!!!
  • Lilian
    LilianJanuary 13, 2013
    Best corn bread I've ever had. Yams a bit too sweet.
  • Rosemarie M.
    Rosemarie McKeonJanuary 13, 2013
    Great spicy chicken sandwich - someone told me to remove the green chilies which kicked it down to a good hot
  • Miwa N.
    Miwa Nagamitsu AhlstromJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle. Heavenly! Collard green, cabbage, yam... all the side dishes are delish, too!!
  • Moonyoung S.
    Moonyoung SungNovember 27, 2012
    Best corn bread ever
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, rice and gravy. cron muffins to top it all off. bam!
  • Alix M.
    Alix MorleSeptember 6, 2012
    The waitress here is a sweetheart, she is super friendly and very efficient. The Hard Knox IPA is pretty decent... Try it!
  • Jane N.
    Jane NguyenAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    blackened catfish and mac&cheese is a must
  • Ms S.
    Ms ScottJuly 14, 2012
    The Food is Great!
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GFebruary 20, 2012
    Ox Tails are great!!!!! Along with other Soul Food
  • Genie
    GenieFebruary 1, 2012
    Do not order the green beans, nor the Cajun meatloaf. The mac & cheese is fine with a hefty shake of Crystal hot sauce. Cornbread? Delicious.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LippmanJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetarians: They cook the fries where they fry the chicken. Get the Mac n Cheese instead.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You're cheating yourself if you don't try the fried chicken. Also, when they have it, the gumbo is fantastic.
  • Nat M.
    Nat MerrissOctober 27, 2011
    My favorite fried chicken spot
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RomeSeptember 30, 2011
    suck on the chicken bone between two pieces of cornbread. you'll totally get off!
  • B-Nutti W.
    B-Nutti WilliamsSeptember 22, 2011
    Great soul food touch the spot
  • Sydnie C.
    Sydnie CollinsSeptember 13, 2011
    Its a really good place to eat fried chicken. I would recommend the the 3 piece fried chicken with three different entrees. I would also recommend the chicken and waffles!! yum
  • Paul A.
    Paul AplinAugust 26, 2011
    Chicken & Waffels
  • Russell T.
    Russell TorresAugust 5, 2011
    Corn muffins are the bomb. Warm sweet, crunchy and soft.
  • Kerry L.
    Kerry LangeJune 27, 2011
    mmmm, Po'boys!!! Read more
  • T.LO
    T.LOMay 8, 2011
    Mac and cheese delicious!!
  • Chloe B.
    Chloe BenjaminApril 7, 2011
    The blackened snapper was tender and spices just right. I'd definitely order that again.
  • Josh D.
    Josh DzielakApril 5, 2011
    Catfish po boy. Order it then place in mouth. Hmm.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    The fried chicken is crispy and moist! Read more
  • Gabe R.
    Gabe R.January 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    spicy chicken sandwich. ooooooooowwweeeeeeeee!
  • Nik A.
    Nik AhPoDecember 12, 2010
    the 3-piece fried chicken and Mac and cheese are must haves! although everything else is almost just as amazing.
  • Angela D.
    Angela D'ArcyOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1 order of fried chicken plus the sides that cone with it is more than enough for 2 people to share.
  • Christine N.
    Christine NgoOctober 4, 2010
    Vietnamese owners FOR THE WIN.
  • Robin A.
    Robin AndersenJune 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the 3 piece fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle, and sweet tea to wash it down. Good music and service, too.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WintersApril 24, 2010
    The sweet tea is the best I've ever had outside the South. Perfect sugar level.
  • melanie e.
    melanie espinuevaApril 18, 2010
    Blackened catfish! Get!
  • Dyami S.
    Dyami SernaFebruary 27, 2010
    While the fried chicken and other meaty staples rock, I recommend the veggie plate. For seven bux it will full ya up right
  • Elliott G.
    Elliott GiffisOctober 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    garden burger + mac and cheese!!!!!! :)
  • rachael s.
    rachael schaferJuly 4, 2009
    had some fried chicken and mac n cheese. it was pretty great.
  • Tommy P.
    Tommy PayneMay 26, 2009
    the fried chicken and meatloaf kick arsinal!
  • Derek D.
    Derek DukesMarch 17, 2009
    Go here, eat the fried chicken, side of corn, side of mash you're good to go.
  • Mia D.
    Mia DDecember 31, 2010
    F R I E D C H I C K E N ! !
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