Chili. Wings.
Burgers. Sports.

Old Town Alexandria
1404 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Map & Directions

P: 703.837.0050
F: 703.837.0057

Sun - Thurs: 11am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - midnight

Parking (available in
rear of building)
Mon - Fri: After 6 pm
Sat - Sun: All day!
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Hard Times Cafe: Old Town Alexandria

Indoor and patio seating available

This is the Granddaddy of Them All

In 1980, the first Hard Times Cafe opened on this very site in Old Town Alexandria. Founders Jim and Fred Parker didn’t really know what they were getting into — but they did know how to cook award-winning chili. The rest is history.

For all the specials and events, follow Hard Times Alexandria on Facebook or join the email list. And check out our upstairs — we’ve added some big flat screens for you to catch the games!

Carryout Menu

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Super Bowl Checklist: Wings, Nachos, Cheese, Jalapenos, Chili, Ribs, Onions, Corn Bread. Call your Super Order in ahead of time and we'll have it good to go!

On-site Catering: Available for groups of 25 or more

Weekly Specials

Specials are for dine-in only


  • Kids Night, 5-8 pm
    1 Free Kids Meal with Adult Entree Purchase
  • $7.99 Burgers, All Day!
  • Kids Night, 5-8 pm
    1 Free Kids Meal with Adult Entree Purchase
  • $7.99 Chili Macs, 11 am - 4 pm
  • $8.99 Grilled Wing Special (1 lb), All Day!
  • $7.99 Boneless Wings, All Day!
  • $6.99 Bar Nachos
  • $6.99 Onion Rings, All Day!
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