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Hard Times Cafe

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, Coffee Shop, and Café$$$$
Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis
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  • Erika M.
    "the Vegan Biscuits and Gravy are amazing"(2 Tips)
    Jamie M.
    "Still has the best vegan muffins on the planet."(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)
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  • Alex M.
    Alex McCracken3 weeks ago
    Sandwiches, sodas, and muffins
  • Jamie M.
    Still has the best vegan muffins on the planet.
  • Mik t.
    Mik tMay 14
    Seitan Philly
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithJanuary 24
    Biscuits and Gravy are superb. Moon tea is amazing!
  • Jason
    JasonJanuary 4
    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
    Enjoy great chai and breakfast all day while you get some work done.
  • Carrie A.
    Carrie AverySeptember 2, 2015
    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
    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
  • Rita K.
    Rita KovtunSeptember 3, 2014
    Have cash.
  • Peter O.
    Peter OrganisciakAugust 25, 2014
    A half order of vegan biscuits and gravy for $3 is a lot more than you'd expect — and its delicious.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 8, 2014
    Yummy vegan muffins!
  • Maya M.
    Maya MadeJune 19, 2014
    Tip well. One food order per piece of paper, listen for your name when your food is done. Drinks and bakery items separate from the barista.
  • Edie L.
    Edie LiggettJune 9, 2014
    Wifi password: Respect!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LlewellynMay 29, 2014
    Come here with friends.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FinkMay 17, 2014
    Tacos and breakfast burritos. A delicious, full meal to go with a funky space. Payment is cash only!
  • John L.
    John L.May 11, 2014
    Classic breakfast is a ton of food for under 10$
  • 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
    Hards Times draws a very unique crowd of people, so it always good for people watching or sparking up interesting conversations.
  • Xinci T.
    Xinci TanOctober 5, 2013
    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 T.
    Xinci TanOctober 5, 2013
    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.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MarieSeptember 29, 2013
    Amazing vegan food and suuuper cheap
  • Emily C.
    Emily CizinskiJuly 5, 2013
    Mediterranean Omlette. Enough said
  • Sammi R.
    Sammi RibarFebruary 12, 2013
    Get any dessert or the hummus plate... oh and good people watching.
  • Tyler N.
    Tyler NewmanJanuary 30, 2013
    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
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • 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
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