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Chili for Lunch at Hard Times Cafe

Hard Times Cafe

Your intrepid Bethesda Actually team ventured into Hard Times Cafe for a chili lunch today.  If you’re looking for casual comfort food in this chilly weather then Hard Times is the perfect venue – especially if you’re new to the area or have yet to give it a go.

They do a variety of chili dishes from various parts of the country.  And don’t worry if, like me, you have no idea which one to go for.  The friendly staff will bring you a chili sampler with four different options including a vegetarian choice.  They’re all good with subtle differences – Cincinnati Chili is slightly sweeter, Terlingua Red is more spicy, while Texas is cooked in its own juice.

I opted for the Terlingua Red, in a nod to the Texas ghost town that hosted the first chili cook-off.  This had a bit of a kick to it but wasn’t so spicy that it cleared my sinuses in the process!  Also, quick note about the Texas Chili – the fact that it is cooked in its own juices makes it quite oily, so if that’s not your thing then I’d shoot for one of the other offerings.  That said, why not grab the sampler and test them out for yourself?!

Then again, if chili isn’t your thing, Wednesday is also half-price wing day, and they’re sure to be fantastic!  Overall a great meal, nice venue, friendly staff and very affordable – $22 for two people (and a generous helping to boot), including drinks.  You can check out the menu here.