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Hard Times Cafe

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant and Sports Bar$$$$
Clarendon - Courthouse, Arlington
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  • Heather B.
    Heather BeckNovember 18, 2015
    Chili buffet on Wednesdays! Make your own nachos, chili dogs, bowls
  • Karl S.
    Karl SchafferFebruary 26, 2015
    chili tots and grilled wings
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SorensenNovember 14, 2014
    Chili Frito Pie is tasty, get the chicken fingers done in the Texas hot and spicy sauce
  • Bex B.
    Bex BeanAugust 18, 2014
    Upstairs is good for parties
  • Hillery W.
    Hillery WilliamsAugust 16, 2014
    Great service upstairs. Love the beer options. Excellent bacon cheese fries, with real bacon. Yumm!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The wings and fries deal on Thursday is great!
  • Keith R.
    Keith ReevesAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great veggie chili
  • mike h.
    mike hJuly 13, 2014
    Chili Bubba.
  • Lizz C.
    Lizz C.June 3, 2014
    Get the Jalapeño poppers! They come with sweet STRAWBERRY pepper jelly!
  • David S.
    David SmallJune 1, 2014
    Bloody Mary's only $3.99 Saturday & Sunday
  • Gizem E.
    Gizem ErgünMay 17, 2014
    That's a very classic american restaurant which i went with my fellas on valentine's day. Try chili bowl.
  • Chad S.
    Chad SmithApril 22, 2014
    Tuesday and Thursday night. 5 dollar 34oz mugs. And food specials also.
  • Dana W.
    Dana WilliamsJanuary 5, 2014
    Chili!!! Cornbread!! Awesome!!
  • ✅ Kit O.
    ✅ Kit OliynykOctober 31, 2013
    Smelly dive bar with sticky tables, greasy food and lots of tap beer — great for game nights.
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneyOctober 21, 2013
    Lots of chilli to choose from, ask for the sampler before deciding.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MartinOctober 16, 2013
    Great place to watch Sunday football, they show virtually every game.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SakellSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar if ur in a hurry
  • Keith R.
    Keith ReevesAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No finer service will you find at any bar in all the land than that provided by Chloe!
  • Andy M.
    Andy MacCrackenJune 11, 2013
    Half priced burgers on Mondays!
  • Michael P.
    Michael ProffittJune 8, 2013
    Try the chili vineger for an unexpected flavor kick on your next bowl of chili.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WhiteMay 11, 2013
    mixed drinks are weak, order beer instead, bartenders can't eff that up usually
  • Charlie H.
    Charlie HitselbergerMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Aggie is the best waitress. Treat her well.
  • Sammie B.
    Sammie BFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Cincinnati chili. It's delicious.
  • Washington C.
    Washington CapitalsFebruary 13, 2013
    A great Caps on Tap Viewing Party location. For official Caps On Tap Viewing Party details visit: Read more
  • Elizabeth E.
    Elizabeth EricksenJanuary 5, 2013
    My server sucked, gave me $9 back in change instead of $10, good service & food, lousy atmosphere.
  • Kayla R.
    Kayla ReneeDecember 15, 2012
    Frito Pie! So good. And love the blackberry margaritas. Unexpected find but delicious.
  • Darryl R.
    Darryl RojasDecember 14, 2012
    Another tip...dont eat The Big Fish...nothing special about it...stick to chili here..
  • Darryl R.
    Darryl RojasDecember 14, 2012
    Free chili sampler and The Big Fish Friday is good with prompt friendly service.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SeatonNovember 28, 2012
    Chicken sandwich is great
  • Cathleen N.
    Cathleen NiayzNovember 28, 2012
    The bar nachos are DELICIOUS!
  • Courteney B.
    Courteney BushNovember 27, 2012
    Best chili cheese dogs ever!!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeproNovember 11, 2012
    Garbage food. Undercooked/not fried. When I asked for a manager the manager ignored my waitress's attempts to get him. Nate should be fired. He was rude when i talked to him. Never coming back here.
  • James S.
    James StewartOctober 6, 2012
    Come here with Melissa and Liza!
  • Joe H.
    Joe HallOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cincinnati style chili isn't as good as the real thing, but not a bad substitute. Order it with extra cheese and extra chili to kick it up a notch.
  • Samy P.
    Samy PozoSeptember 6, 2012
    Awful service, they do give you a hard time
  • Brian L.
    Brian LJune 9, 2012
    Great boneless buffalo wings...a healthy sweat
  • Chris W.
    Chris WilliamsMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Red bull vodka isn't red bull unless you ask twice. Some bullshit.
  • Guy S.
    Guy SmileyMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tell that bitch to chill!
  • Hannah Z.
    Hannah ZillmerMarch 4, 2012
    They play "do the humpty hump". Classic.
  • Trey M.
    Trey MckenzieFebruary 24, 2012
    Free Chilli!
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The food is horrible for you but I like it. 1/2 price chili macs on Tues and 1/2 price wings on Wed
  • D. L.
    D. L.November 5, 2011
    The corn bread here is legit. Grab a order if it with your chili.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BanksNovember 5, 2011
    Order the chili lime wings fried then baked
  • Jenn 😺 W.
    Jenn 😺 WurzNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the frito pie. And the nachos.
  • Phoebe R.
    Phoebe ROctober 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Cincinnati chili to complete the frito pie.
  • Richie F.
    Richie FekecsSeptember 24, 2011
    Cadillac wings grilled are the best!
  • Washington Redskins
    Washington RedskinsSeptember 19, 2011
    Check in on game days for $3 off domestic pitchers!
  • Ben O.
    Ben OwenSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Thursday. Boneless wings. The best sauce isn't on the menu any more - but ask for honey mustard sauce and they'll give it to you. Not straight honey mustard; delicious tangy honey mustard wing sauce.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DAugust 20, 2011
    Enjoy waiting for the one urinal bathroom
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat free wings with your ticket stub when the Nationals score 6 runs or more
  • Susie C.
    Susie C.August 11, 2011 wings and football.
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse ThomasJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can order the chili 'dry' which is without grease.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BetanzoJuly 19, 2011
    The chili lime wings are the best in town.
  • David H.
    David HessJuly 3, 2011
    Terlingua chili is always the best option, followe by Texas and Veggie. Cincy chili is not good.
  • David H.
    David HessJuly 3, 2011
    Wings are some of the best in town. My other personal favs are chili taters and fried pickles, when they have them.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJune 29, 2011
    The wings with Old Bay seasoning are tasty. And they're cheaper on Wednesdays (boneless are cheaper on Thursdays)
  • Dave B.
    Dave BentleyJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chili Mac and Frito Pies are awesome. Can't beat wing night either.
  • Dr. FU
    Dr. FUApril 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Chili + Tater Tots. Enough said.
  • Andy L.
    Andy LinApril 16, 2011
    Mac n cheese bites, chili lime wings, and Terlingua 4-way chili mac. Do it!
  • Su H.
    Su HallenbeckApril 13, 2011
    Chili is good, service unimpressive. Took 10 minutes just for her to get my check.
  • Terrence M.
    Terrence McElhaneyApril 10, 2011
    The Texas Chili is awesome
  • Michelle V.
    Michelle Van HornApril 2, 2011
    Slow service
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PriestMarch 28, 2011
    The fries are yummy!
  • Eileen J.
    Eileen J.March 18, 2011
    Wednesday nights at 8pm is trivia night!!!
  • Lubey D.
    Lubey DidiFebruary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2/2/11 last three wing Wednesdays the service had been poor and the wait has been over 30 minutes. The managers response has been dismissive and un-sympathetic
  • Matt M.
    Matt MJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    THEY DON'T TAKE AMEX!!!!!!!!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MancillDecember 31, 2010
    Good God, man, get the freaking onion rings!
  • Renan B.
    Renan BorelliDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Frito Chili Pie or the Chili Taters w/ Terlingua Red FTW.
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtDecember 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Tell the guitarist to play Tenacious D! Chide him when he claims not to know any of their songs.
  • Jenny
    JennyDecember 15, 2010
    I crave their Cincinnati chili on a weekly basis. Chili Bubba or Chili Tators is the way to go. Also, love their grilled wings.
  • Joanne B.
    Joanne BeltranoDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    On Sundays, beware of cranky lions fan dude on the first floor...he's a tv nazi!
  • Donald G.
    Donald Gray IINovember 21, 2010
    Hard Times is charging a $5 cover to go upstairs tonight. SMH
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the frito pie
  • Sonja D.
    Sonja DraughnNovember 3, 2010
    If you order the fried dill pickles, don't expect the pickle chips... what you get are the big dill spears. Not bad, but could be better...
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SearsOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheese Fries FTW!
  • Steve A.
    Steve AbramsOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday - 1/2 price burgers. Wednesday - 1/2 price grilled wings. Thursday - 1/2 price boneless wings
  • Connor T.
    Connor TurnerSeptember 25, 2010
    The hot wings are pretty solid, but incredibly hot.
  • Travis B.
    Travis BernardSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Wednesday nights, half price wings.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down my favorite chili. Great spot to hang too.
  • Allan D.
    Allan DelmareJuly 30, 2010
    The boneless wings have waaaay too much sauce on them - ask for them naked, with the sauce on the side
  • David H.
    David HaskinsJuly 29, 2010
    8 dollar pitcher during Monday happy hour. Tough to beat that.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LillyJuly 10, 2010
    It's all about the chili!
  • Katelyn
    KatelynJuly 8, 2010
    Texas Chili = pure amazing. Get it at least once by itself and love it.
  • Rich P.
    Rich PowellJune 5, 2010
    Go with the Chili Bubba
  • Josh W.
    Josh WrightMay 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Stop by Hard Times and see bartenders Crista and Amy. Some of the best in Arlington.
  • Steel G.
    Steel GardensApril 11, 2010
    Great wings and ribs.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MilbyMarch 17, 2010
    Loooove the Chili Mac. Great atmosphere as well! Read more
  • Hard Times Cafe
    Hard Times CafeMarch 10, 2010
    EVERYDAY we have a $5 lunch special. Talk about great. Read more
  • Becky M.
    Becky MohrMarch 7, 2010
    Carolina on every screen!
  • KC C.
    KC C.March 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the Texas style chili bubba. Open til 3 on weekends!
  • Ken M.
    Ken MoireFebruary 19, 2010
    Try the Terlingua style chili, a red medium spicy chili, by the bowl or chili mac over spaghetti.
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RephloJanuary 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The vegetarian chili is the best, this coming from a non-vegetarian. 3-way chili mac with veggie chili for me.
  • matteo
    matteoJanuary 1, 2010
    Two words. Chili Dogs. If your looking for some food after a night of getting ta' dow'd in Clarendon, just walk over and grab some Coney Dogs. 3 diff kinds of chili to choose from. U can't go wrong
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BriggsNovember 28, 2009
    great place to watch the hokies
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