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Hard Times Cafe

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, Coffee Shop, and Café · Cedar-Riverside
1821 Riverside Ave (Cedar Ave), Minneapolis, MN 55454, United States
Open until 4:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 AM–4:00 AM
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
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Worker-owned, vegetarian/vegan cafe and coffee shop. Since 1992.


Based on 148 votes

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    Erika M.
    "the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy are amazing"(2 Tips)
    Wesley H.
    "Best vegan baked goods in town."(2 Tips)
    City Pages
    "ultimate diner for West Bank customers looking for an animal"(2 Tips)
    Jamie M.
    "Still has the best vegan muffins on the planet."(6 Tips)
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  • vegan food
  • biscuits
  • breakfast food
  • muffins
  • casual
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • authentic
  • chai
  • hummus
  • quesadillas
  • cozy
  • coffee
  • good for a quick meal
  • people watching
  • good for groups
  • French toast
  • desserts
  • brunch food
  • free Wifi
  • Jamie M.
    Still has the best vegan muffins on the planet.
    Jamie Maertens · 3 days ago
  • Mik T.
    Seitan Philly
    Mik Tolzman · 2 weeks ago
  • Steve S.
    Biscuits and Gravy are superb. Moon tea is amazing!
    Steve Smith · January 24
  • Jason
    Delicious breakfast food, strong coffee.
    Jason · January 4
  • Eugenia Y.
    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.)
    Eugenia Yeo · December 19, 2015
  • Joe B.
    Good people, great coffee, no bosses.
    Joe Bridge · November 19, 2015
  • Ben H.
    Quesadilla is excellent and more food that you would expect
    Ben Harvey · October 30, 2015
  • Ben H.
    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
    Ben Harvey · October 30, 2015
  • Ashley D.
    T.L.T love man C:
    Ashley Dalton · September 22, 2015
  • Jay C.
    Enjoy great chai and breakfast all day while you get some work done.
    Jay Corliss · September 12, 2015
  • Carrie A.
    There are always multiple options for vegan baked goods. 😋
    Carrie Avery · September 2, 2015
  • Veenendahl
    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.
    Veenendahl · June 24, 2015
  • Anne B.
    Cash only. Generous portions!
    Anne B. · March 21, 2015
  • Fernando F.
    Vegan food is awesome here
    Fernando Flores · October 13, 2014
  • Macey M.
    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
    Macey Meyer · September 18, 2014
  • Rita K.
    Have cash.
    Rita Kovtun · September 3, 2014
  • Peter O.
    A half order of vegan biscuits and gravy for $3 is a lot more than you'd expect — and its delicious.
    Peter Organisciak · August 25, 2014
  • Lily
    Yummy vegan muffins!
    Lily · August 8, 2014
  • Maya M.
    Tip well. One food order per piece of paper, listen for your name when your food is done. Drinks and bakery items separate from the barista.
    Maya Made · June 19, 2014
  • Edie L.
    Wifi password: Respect!
    Edie Liggett · June 9, 2014
  • Joshua L.
    Come here with friends.
    Joshua Llewellyn · May 29, 2014
  • Alex F.
    Tacos and breakfast burritos. A delicious, full meal to go with a funky space. Payment is cash only!
    Alex Fink · May 17, 2014
  • John L.
    Classic breakfast is a ton of food for under 10$
    John L. · May 11, 2014
  • Cris F.
    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!
    Cris Fellows · April 27, 2014
  • Macey M.
    Hards Times draws a very unique crowd of people, so it always good for people watching or sparking up interesting conversations.
    Macey Meyer · October 20, 2013
  • Xinci T.
    Love the ambience and laid back attitude. Got the hummus platter but was disappointed that it was mostly just chopped up veggies with hummus. The falafel was really good though
    Xinci Tan · October 5, 2013
  • Xinci T.
    Ordered 3 each of blueberry, cherry/chocolate chip, and blackberry/walnut muffins for a group get together. Very large and I like that they have vegan options, but muffins were somewhat dry and stale.
    Xinci Tan · October 5, 2013
  • Kelly M.
    Amazing vegan food and suuuper cheap
    Kelly Marie · September 29, 2013
  • Emily C.
    Mediterranean Omlette. Enough said
    Emily Cizinski · July 5, 2013
  • Sammi R.
    Get any dessert or the hummus plate... oh and good people watching.
    Sammi Ribar · February 12, 2013
  • Tyler N.
    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.
    Tyler Newman · January 30, 2013
  • City Pages
    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.
    City Pages · January 4, 2013
  • Jen D.
    Don't waste time with the Classic Breakfast or pancakes. Tastes like bad Denny's and causes firehose poo. Get something with veggies.
    Jen Dorsalfin · January 2, 2013
  • City Pages
    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.
    City Pages · December 7, 2012
  • Cosmonaut O.
    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.
    Cosmonaut Olsen · November 9, 2012
  • Erika M.
    the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy are amazing
    Erika Marker · April 17, 2012
  • Lissa B.
    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
    Lissa B · February 4, 2012
  • Matt S.
    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.
    Matt Starns · January 4, 2012
  • Aaron N.
    Have the vegan chili. It's just the right spice and you will not be dissatisfied!
    Aaron Neumann · December 31, 2011
  • Jordan V.
    Is my grilled cheese up there?
    Jordan Vandervelde · November 23, 2011
  • Sara C.
    They take cash only so plan accordingly. :)
    Sara Capp · November 13, 2011
  • Tracy G.
    Do. Not. Go. To. The. Restroom. Here. NASTY ! Food is delicious and awesome atmosphere!
    Tracy Gudmunsen · November 9, 2011
  • Carleyrae w.
    best biscuits and gravy everrr
    Carleyrae w. · November 7, 2011
  • Matt H.
    The 1/2 quesadilla costs only $3.10 and is a full meal in itself.
    Matt Hindman · September 30, 2011
  • Wesley H.
    Best vegan baked goods in town. Huge muffins and cookies. Cheap too. Day olds are $1. The "regular" coffee is french press. Very good.
    Wesley Hentz · September 13, 2011
  • Marc C.
    The cafe XTC is a beautiful, diabetic shock inducing thing on a hot day.
    Marc Chapman · July 19, 2011
  • Jay S.
    Friendly place for chess players.
    Jay Sivasailam · June 12, 2011
  • Kat D.
    The salsa is the best you'll ever experience. Get anything that comes with it. (I recommend the quesadilla)
    Kat Dressel · June 12, 2011
  • Brendan S.
    Go to the bathroom elsewhere before you come
    Brendan Scherer · May 15, 2011
  • Amber
    Best cafe ever! Been coming here almost 15 years. My fav menu item is the quesadilla and hashbrowns w/cheese. Aaron rules !
    Amber · September 19, 2010
  • Chelsey D.
    Try the biscuits & gravy; they're the best!
    Chelsey DuBois · July 14, 2010
  • jameser
    be sure to follow the ordering instructions posted on the chalk board inside the front door.
    jameser · June 12, 2010
  • Amy M.
    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!
    Amy Muchko · May 24, 2010
  • Maggie B.
    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.
    Maggie Banken · May 24, 2010
  • ldfs
    Be prepared to wait a while for your food. They usually cook one order at a time. It's usually worth the wait though.
    ldfs · January 22, 2010
  • Jordan N.
    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.
    Jordan Niebur · December 21, 2009
  • Eric J.
    Go to HTC and get the Hummus Platter with feta, fresh veggies meets pungent olives with homemade hummus blended rough
    Eric James · October 31, 2009
  • Miki T.
    collectively owned and operated vegetarian, vegan almost 24 hour west bank, diverse and eclectic cafe.
    Miki Takata · October 21, 2009

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