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Hard Knox Cafe

Hard Knox Cafe

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Dogpatch, San Francisco
  • Sergio R.
    "Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better"(7 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread."(12 Tips)
    Daniel P.
    "collard greens + the smothered pork chops"(6 Tips)
    Tim B.
    "Try the oxtail and some red beans and rice with a side of corn."(6 Tips)
90 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • fried chicken
  • mac & cheese
  • cornbread
  • soul food
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  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenApril 11
    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.
    Spicy fried chicken or country fried steak - but get the collards either way!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BFebruary 23
    They're known for their friend chicken, so have them when you're dining here. 😄😋
  • Chad B.
    Chad BFebruary 23
    Fried chicken! Yum!! 😋😛
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerFebruary 19
    Muffins are great. I really like the collards. And it's hard to go wrong with spicy fried chicken.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PFebruary 8
    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 L.September 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!
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