Hard Times Cafe

(Now Closed)
Sports Bar, Wings Joint, and American Restaurant
13032 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874, United States
Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
  • What you need to know
    "The BEST chili in the DC area."(2 Tips)
    Chantel W.
    "Michelle and Shannon are the best bartenders!!"(2 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "Chili lime wings, a must try!"(2 Tips)
    Hard Times Cafe
    "Hard Times Chili Cook-Off..."(2 Tips)
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  • Nicole R.

    Try the Texas wings

    Nicole Raach · September 10, 2013
  • Lawrence E.

    Serious lack of service. 1 waitstaff per 150 people.

    Lawrence Evans · September 6, 2013
  • Evan S.

    5 way chili Mac is the best!

    Evan Simmons-Brusick · August 4, 2013
  • Kathy L.

    Best chili around. Cincinnati or Texas are the best.

    Kathy Long · July 20, 2013
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Not: Hard Times charges $10 cover starting at 7pm to eat their food on a band night. Bands dont play until 10pm. Who pays for entertainment thats not even on stage?

  • Carol Elizabeth M.

    Second time here.Went ex bf here first time&bessy. This 2nd time went by myself. But went on unbessy night.But is great place.A lot diffrent here than Florida.That where living.Know living here in md.

    Carol Elizabeth Mattis · March 8, 2013
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Try the corn dog bites. Quick snack.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · November 18, 2012
  • tolu

    Love their cornbread

    tolu · May 9, 2012
  • Christopher W.

    $6 for a side of fries is insane!

    Christopher Wooley · April 22, 2012
  • Andy C.

    Good chili!

    Andy Conversano · March 17, 2012
  • Taryn B.

    The shorter female manager is Amazing. She knows a customer is first. She brought the Cornhole boards out on a random sunny Sunday for us.. Awesome lady!!

    Taryn Burchett · March 11, 2012
  • Brian S.

    Chili lime wings, a must try!

    Brian Secker · January 29, 2012
  • anand k.

    super nicecuteee .....

    anand karthi · January 23, 2012
  • Shari B.

    Southwest egg rolls are bomb. Nachos arent worth it. Famous for their chilli

    Shari Bryers · December 31, 2011
  • Tony C.

    Browns backer bar!

    Tony Cane · December 23, 2011
  • Rachel S.

    Came for lunch. Took a while to get the food. Worth the wait? Yep! But not when you have an appointment to make.

    Rachel Sze · December 15, 2011
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Whatever you do, ask for Michelle. Best bartender, friendly and makes it feel like home.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · September 11, 2011
  • Chantel W.

    Michelle and Shannon are the best bartenders!!

    Chantel Wright · September 11, 2011
  • Brian

    Hard to beat their chili and wings but after coming here a few times I hate to say it but the service is TERRIBLE!

    Brian · April 29, 2011
  • John S.

    Yes, the chili is great - but this place has FANTASTIC chicken wings. Order the original. They are flame grilled and are perfect with any drink.

    John S · April 18, 2011
  • Tаня Z.

    The kingston of waitresses with bad attitude

    Tаня Zu · February 26, 2011
  • Aron L.

    Order the chili. You will NOT be disappointed! :)

    Aron Levy · January 28, 2011
  • Jimmy E.

    dan w. Loves a mini chilli slider.

    Jimmy Earle · December 12, 2010
  • Bruce V.

    Wednesday night is trivia night. Win house cash, and your chance at $2000.

    Bruce Voge · December 2, 2010
  • Brad E.

    Try the chili sampler; all the chilis are great! Root Beer on draught?! Yes, please!

    Brad E. · November 13, 2010
  • tolu

    Ribs are great

    tolu · September 27, 2010
  • Tabatha

    Love the veggie burgers!!!

    Tabatha · August 28, 2010
  • Hard Times Cafe

    Hard Times Chili Cook-Off... August 28th at HTC Germantown.To sign up go to chilicookoff.com. Winner gets $3000. All proceeds go to a nine year old boy named Noah Rice who needs a heart transplant.

    Hard Times Cafe · August 11, 2010
  • Hard Times Cafe

    TOMORROW is National Chili Day! Free Chili Dog with minimum purchase!

    Hard Times Cafe · July 28, 2010
  • David

    Great Food, Great Happy Hour. Come by on a Friday and there's a good chance you'll find us there!

    David · May 19, 2010
  • Susan S.

    UFC fight tonight and Chilli Lime wings

    Susan Small · April 11, 2010
  • Beth

    The BEST chili in the DC area. Get the sampler to make your decision a little easier - - or just to snack on before your meal! Read more

    Beth · February 13, 2010
  • Nakeva (Photography) C.

    Santa Fe salad or Chili Lime wings. Tues night dollar beer is back.

    Nakeva (Photography) Corothers · January 27, 2010
  • Hana

    Order the new Queso Sticks! They are absolutely delicious! Pair them with a cold beer for an ultimate taste bud explosion of awesome.

    Hana · January 23, 2010
  • Hana

    Queso sticks are amazing!!!

    Hana · January 23, 2010

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