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Chilly Days in B-town

Well the snow has fallen a few times already this winter and the artic blasts keep on coming – another one is scheduled for tonight. All this cold weather seems to offer up the perfect excuse to head out for a nice bowl of chili ! My favorite place for a pipping hot bowl of the good stuff is Hard Times Cafe on Del Ray Ave in “Old” Bethesda. HTC was named, back in 2005, by USA Today as one of the top ten places in the country to eat a bowl of chili.
The original Hard Times is in Virginia but I simply love the restaurant here in Bethesda. The staff are friendly and have created a really relaxed environment where you can head in and grab a bowl or plate of chili and kick back and relax. When the weather outside is as cold as has been these past few weeks, trust me when I say this place will warm you up.
There are four main types of chili (including a vegetarian one!) and you can get it with all sorts of sides and additions. I quite like it over spagetti and tend to order the 5 way chili mac (beans, onions and cheese). For first timers you may want to ask them if you can sample the four chilis before making your choice. I was there a little while ago with a friend from out of town and he loved checking out the options before making his call.
If the day is particularly cold or if you just want to spice things up a touch snaggle a plate of the jalapeno pepper poppers – AWESOME — stuffed with cheese you can get them mild or a wee bit toasty!
Anyway, that is my tip for the chilly season – grab a plate of chili at Hard Times — it is well priced and there are lots of lean options available if you are looking to lose a couple of pounds this winter.

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