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Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
Grilled chicken with melted cheese and pico de gallo wrapped in a toasted tortilla.

Chili Nachos
Piled high with chili, melted cheddar, onions, jalapenos, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.

Corn Dog Nuggets
Nathan's all-beef mini corn dogs with mustard dipping sauce.

Loaded Fries
Chili and cheese or bacon and cheese.

Onion Rings
Fresh-cut colossal onions hand-dipped in beer batter.

Deep Fried Pickles
Southern-style pickle spears breaded and deep fried.

Chicken Tenders
Hand-dipped tenders with BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, or served Texas-hot style.

Santa Fe Egg Rolls
Crispy tortillas wrapped around chicken, black beans, and corn with melted Jack cheese.

Jalapeno Pepper Poppers
Deep fried red hot jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese.



Grilled Wings
Original Texas, chili lime, honey BBQ, Old Bay, sweet red chili or teriyaki

Boneless Wings
Original Texas, chili lime, honey BBQ, Old Bay, sweet red chili or teriyaki


Hard Times Traditional Chili

Our recipes are authentic and historically correct versions of the chili created on the turn-of-the-century cattle drives of the Southwest and in the Cincinnati chili parlors of the Midwest. All chili is served with homemade cornbread.

Texas Chili
Coarse ground beef cooked in its own juice, using an authentic turn of the century family spice blend and recipe.

Cincinnati Chili
Introduced in 1922 by Greek immigrants, it is a fine grind of beef with a tomato base and sweeter spices, including cinnamon.

Terlingua Red
A tribute to the Texas ghost town that hosted the first chili cook-off. A redder color and spicy kick of championship chilies.

Vegetarian Chili
Soy flakes cooked in a tomato base with fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers and jalapenos


Chili Mac

Your choice of chili over spaghetti. All chili is served with homemade cornbread.

3-Way Chili Mac
Spaghetti, chili and cheese.

4-Way Chili Mac
Spaghetti, chili, cheese and onions.

5-Way Chili Mac
Spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions and beans.

Chili by the Bowl
Your choice of chili with or without beans.

Chili Bubba
Two pieces of cornbread topped with two of your favorite chilis, then smothered with cheddar, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream.

Frito Chili Pie
We put in the Fritos in a bowl, you choose your chili and we load it with shredded cheddar, diced tomatoes, and sour cream.

Toppings: cheddar or parmesan cheese, chopped onions, hot dog, sour cream, chopped fresh jalapenos, and diced tomatoes.



Hard Times burgers are fresh ground Angus beef, hand-patted and char-grilled. Served with our homemade fresh-cut fries, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles. Bold slice of red onion on request. All burgers are cooked made to order.

Black & Bleu Burger
Crisp bacon and melted crumbled blue cheese.

Whiskey River BBQ Bacon Burger
Bacon, cheese with thick, rich BBQ sauce and two onion rings.

Bacon Cheeseburger
Crisp bacon and your choice of cheese.

Chili Cheddarburger
Topped with chili, shredded cheddar and onions.

Chargrilled Burger
Add cheese (cheddar, Jack or American)

Veggie Burger
Choice of cheddar, Jack, or American cheese. Add veggie chili for a small additional charge.



All sliders are served with a handful of fresh-cut fries.

Mini Chili Cheddarburger
Three mini chili burgers with cheese and onions.

Mini Elvis Cheeseburgers
Three mini burgers with cheese and pickle.

Original Sliders
Three little square burgers with special onions.

Chili Dogs

World Famous Hard Times Chili Dogs are served with a heaping portion of fresh-cut fries and pickles.

Hard Times Chili Dog
Quarter-pound all-beef dog with your choice of chili, shredded cheddar, and onions – knife and fork recommended!

Authentic Coney Dog
Two all-beef dogs with just the right amount of Cincinnati chili, shredded cheddar and onions


Great Sandwiches

Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast with bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce and two onion rings.

Bacon and Cheese Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast with crisp bacon and choice of cheddar, Jack or American cheese.

Texas Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled with Texas wing spice served with blue cheese dressing.

Santa Fe Wrap
Grilled chicken wrapped in a tortilla with lettuce, cheese, red peppers, corn, tomatoes and Mexi-ranch dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Buffalo-style strips of crispy chicken wrapped with tomatoes, lettuce, red onion and blue cheese dressing.

Big Fish Sandwich
Hand-battered, deep-fried white cod, served on a toasted hoagie with lettuce, tomato and pickles.

Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
Hand-battered, deep-fried chicken breast, served on a toasted bun topped with bacon and Jack cheese.



Chicken Alamo
Spaghetti noodles mixed with a blend of parmesan and ranch dressing topped with tomatoes and spicy strips of grilled chicken.


Big Salads

Grilled Salmon Salad
Fresh salmon, marinated and grilled to order over a garden salad with red peppers, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar and tortilla strips.

Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken on a garden salad, tossed with homemade Mexi-ranch dressing, fresh sweet corn, red peppers, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar and tortilla strips.

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Buffalo-style chicken, deep-fried and diced up on a mixed salad with red onion, red peppers, and shredded cheddar.

Grilled Chicken Breast Salad
Grilled chicken, red peppers, chopped egg, bacon bits, diced tomatoes and shredded cheddar on a garden salad.

Chili Salad
Your choice of chili on a garden salad with red peppers, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar and tortilla strips, topped with sour cream.

Steak Tip Salad
Sirloin steak tips on a bed of greens tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, red peppers, tomato wedges, bacon, blue cheese crumbles and tortilla strips.


Suppertime Platters

All dinners come with choice of two sides.

Hard Times Southwest Ribs
Half or full rack of St. Louis style pork ribs with a Texas rub and are basted with a thick, rich, BBQ sauce.

Chicken Tender Dinner
Hand-breaded chicken tenders served with your choice of sauce.

Grilled Salmon
North Atlantic salmon in a bourbon teriyaki marinade, grilled to order.

Fish & Chips
Hand-battered, deep-fried white cod.

Sides: Mashed red potatoes, French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, steamed veggies, BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, and side salad.



Coca-Cola Fountain Sodas

Hard Times Sweet Tea and Regular Iced Tea

Hard Times Rootbeer
Our signature root beer with honey and without caffeine. Sorry, no free refills.

Draft or Bottle available.


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