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Hard Times Café

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant and Café$$$$
Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis
62 Tips and reviews
  • vegan food
  • biscuits
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • muffins
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  • Katherine B.
    Anything on the breakfast menu
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 23
    Before Hard Times, I didn't know that vegetarian food could be so spectacularly filling and delicious. (Or considered delightful drunk food.)
  • Christy K.
    A vegan's dream come true!
  • Cassie U.
    Cassie UttNovember 24, 2016
    Prices are fantastic!
  • Rick P.
    Rick PawlewiczSeptember 29, 2016
    Refuse to serve me. Sorry probably not going back
  • Alex M.
    Alex McCrackenSeptember 5, 2016
    Sandwiches, sodas, and muffins
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MaertensMay 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Still has the best vegan muffins on the planet.
  • Mik t.
    Mik tMay 14, 2016
    Seitan Philly
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithJanuary 24, 2016
    Biscuits and Gravy are superb. Moon tea is amazing!
  • Jason
    JasonJanuary 4, 2016
    Delicious breakfast food, strong coffee.
  • Eugenia Y.
    Eugenia YeoDecember 19, 2015
    I loved this place--the food was amazing! The only downside is that it's cash only, and I never have cash. Would definitely recommend though! (I got the Helter Skelter pictured below.)
  • Joe B.
    Joe BridgeNovember 19, 2015
    Good people, great coffee, no bosses.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HarveyOctober 30, 2015
    Quesadilla is excellent and more food that you would expect
  • Ben H.
    Ben HarveyOctober 30, 2015
    I love the system for ordering food - take a menu, write down what you want, take as long as you like! No pressure to pick what you want quickly, pronounce anything, or remember all the sides
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DaltonSeptember 22, 2015
    T.L.T love man C:
  • Jay C.
    Jay CorlissSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy great chai and breakfast all day while you get some work done.
  • Carrie A.
    Carrie AverySeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There are always multiple options for vegan baked goods. 😋
  • Veenendahl
    VeenendahlJune 24, 2015
    Hard Times has the tastiest vegetarian Banh Mi in the midwest. Pickled daikon and spicy cilantro sauce complement spongy, savory seitan in what could be described as a culinary coup d'état.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.March 21, 2015
    Cash only. Generous portions!
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FloresOctober 13, 2014
    Vegan food is awesome here
  • Macey M.
    Macey MeyerSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I like to come here and draw. There is always radical music playing from their record collection. It's a different atmosphere with amazing vegetarian and vegan food
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Rita K.
    Rita KovtunSeptember 3, 2014
    Have cash.
  • Peter O.
    Peter OrganisciakAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A half order of vegan biscuits and gravy for $3 is a lot more than you'd expect — and its delicious.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 8, 2014
    Yummy vegan muffins!
  • Maya M.
    Maya MadeJune 19, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Tip well. One food order per piece of paper, listen for your name when your food is done. Drinks and bakery items separate from the barista.
  • Edie L.
    Edie LiggettJune 9, 2014
    Wifi password: Respect!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LlewellynMay 29, 2014
    Come here with friends.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FinkMay 17, 2014
    Tacos and breakfast burritos. A delicious, full meal to go with a funky space. Payment is cash only!
  • John L.
    John L.May 11, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Classic breakfast is a ton of food for under 10$
  • Cris F.
    Cris FellowsApril 27, 2014
    There may be multiple Seth's ordering the same food...but then you get to meet them when you both go up to get said food!
  • Macey M.
    Macey MeyerOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hards Times draws a very unique crowd of people, so it always good for people watching or sparking up interesting conversations.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LangSeptember 29, 2013
    Amazing vegan food and suuuper cheap
  • Emily C.
    Emily CizinskiJuly 5, 2013
    Mediterranean Omlette. Enough said
  • Sammi R.
    Sammi RibarFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get any dessert or the hummus plate... oh and good people watching.
  • Tyler N.
    Tyler NewmanJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The most unique coffee shop I've ever been to. Order the chai tea latte or a breakfast burrito and you won't be disappointed.
  • City Pages
    City PagesJanuary 4, 2013
    One of the best places for post-holiday eating! this place is the ultimate diner for West Bank customers looking for an animal product-free meal and a rousing game of chess.
  • Jen D.
    Jen DorsalfinJanuary 2, 2013
    Don't waste time with the Classic Breakfast or pancakes. Tastes like bad Denny's and causes firehose poo. Get something with veggies.
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Voted top ten late-night restaurants! It's a collectively owned café that draws the nocturnal crowd, a refuge for musicians, artists, and other dwellers of the night.
  • Cosmonaut O.
    Cosmonaut OlsenNovember 9, 2012
    Night is the best time to go get some biscuits and gravy. No annoying college kids bitching about the bathrooms or taking up the tables with their Mac books.
  • Erika M.
    Erika MarkerApril 17, 2012
    the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy are amazing
  • Lissa B.
    Lissa BFebruary 4, 2012
    Kind of shady and dirty and not the best place to study especially at night. However, their muffins are delicious and i really enjoy how they make their cafe miel. oh and it's CASH ONLY
    Downvoted Feb 3
  • Matt S.
    Matt StarnsJanuary 4, 2012
    CASH-ONLY! Beware. The French Toast is wonderful, and the entire menu is vegetarian/vegan. Ordering is a bit complicated, follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
  • Aaron N.
    Aaron NeumannDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Have the vegan chili. It's just the right spice and you will not be dissatisfied!
  • Jordan V.
    Jordan VanderveldeNovember 23, 2011
    Is my grilled cheese up there?
  • Sara C.
    Sara CappNovember 13, 2011
    They take cash only so plan accordingly. :)
  • Tracy G.
    Tracy GudmunsenNovember 9, 2011
    Do. Not. Go. To. The. Restroom. Here. NASTY ! Food is delicious and awesome atmosphere!
  • Carleyrae w.
    Carleyrae w.November 7, 2011
    best biscuits and gravy everrr
  • Matt H.
    Matt HindmanSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The 1/2 quesadilla costs only $3.10 and is a full meal in itself.
  • Wesley H.
    Wesley HentzSeptember 13, 2011
    Best vegan baked goods in town. Huge muffins and cookies. Cheap too. Day olds are $1. The "regular" coffee is french press. Very good.
    Upvoted Jan 24
  • Marc C.
    Marc ChapmanJuly 19, 2011
    The cafe XTC is a beautiful, diabetic shock inducing thing on a hot day.
  • Jay S.
    Jay SivasailamJune 12, 2011
    Friendly place for chess players.
  • Kat D.
    Kat DresselJune 12, 2011
    The salsa is the best you'll ever experience. Get anything that comes with it. (I recommend the quesadilla)
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SchererMay 15, 2011
    Go to the bathroom elsewhere before you come
  • Amber
    AmberSeptember 19, 2010
    Best cafe ever! Been coming here almost 15 years. My fav menu item is the quesadilla and hashbrowns w/cheese. Aaron rules !
  • Chelsey D.
    Chelsey DuBoisJuly 14, 2010
    Try the biscuits & gravy; they're the best!
  • jameser
    jameserJune 12, 2010
    be sure to follow the ordering instructions posted on the chalk board inside the front door.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MuchkoMay 24, 2010
    So the sign outside boasts: "We have AC and Iced Tea." Indeed. Also delicious Iced Coffee, free WiFi and food that i have loved for the last 17+ years!
  • Maggie B.
    Maggie BankenMay 24, 2010
    Listen in on drunk conversations on a variety of topics ranging from Ancient Celtic spanking sticks, to "the one who got away". Sure its rude, but i promise they won't notice.
  • ldfs
    ldfsJanuary 22, 2010
    Be prepared to wait a while for your food. They usually cook one order at a time. It's usually worth the wait though.
  • Jordan N.
    Jordan NieburDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're showing up late at night (and happen to be inebriated), do two things: Don't piss anyone off, and get an omelet. Vegetarian food has never been this unhealthy, and yet so satisfying.
  • Eric J.
    Eric JamesOctober 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to HTC and get the Hummus Platter with feta, fresh veggies meets pungent olives with homemade hummus blended rough
  • Miki T.
    Miki TakataOctober 21, 2009
    collectively owned and operated vegetarian, vegan almost 24 hour west bank, diverse and eclectic cafe.
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