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gregys

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  • Joined: 12/4/2009
  • Location: finleyville, PA
We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 11:33 AM (permalink)


Hey I liked my mothers Chili pretty well and its much like Wendy's.

So I got to try the 4 types out at Hard Times Cafe. I think I like the vegetarian the best.
There is a brand new place in Hagerstown, Md, and I have been to the Frederick Md.
place many times. Pool hall and restaurant, and chili. I have actually ate more fish at hard
times than chili, but the wings and fries are great. For chile, its a selection of Texas, Cincinnati,
Terlingue Red, and Vegie. Website...
http://www.hardtimes.com/


 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    • Joined: 7/1/2000
    • Location: Gahanna, OH
    Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 2:05 PM (permalink)
    Why isn't this in the fast food, franchise, chains section?
     
    #2
      Scorereader

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      • Joined: 8/4/2005
      • Location: Crofton, MD
      Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 2:18 PM (permalink)
      unlike Waffle House, it isn't everywhere in the country. It's a regional thing - found only in the DC metro area.

      A good chili house. The one in Old Town Alexandria is great. Relaxed, roll up your sleeves, have a beer and some chili kind of place.

      There's no real chili unique to the mid-atlantic, so they make basically two different styles: Texas and Cincinnatti. They also have a spicier Texas style that is on the heat level of competition chili, and a veggie chili - which I don't care for.

      But, their meat chili ss quite good. The Texas chili is a bowl of meat and chili. Nothing fancy. Just thick and spicy - like some chili I've had in Texas.

      I've never been to Cincinnatti - so I haven't anything to compare Hard Time's cincinatti style with. But, I enjoyed it.

      they do chili right. 

      And, honestly, I was hoping to hate the place, as it is a regional chain that makes food that isn't born from this region. But I didn't. They impressed me.  
       
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 2:23 PM (permalink)
        Waffle House is not everywhere in the country, but this place is a chain and a franchise chain at that.

        http://www.hardtimes.com/franchise/franchise.aspx
         
        #4
          Scorereader

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          • Location: Crofton, MD
          Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 2:42 PM (permalink)
          ok, not everywhere - but, waffle house is most certainly not regional. It covers 25 states - over half the continental US states.

          Hard Times is in VA and MD in the DC area, and a vendor station at Nationals Park.

          Regional cooking - despite being a franchise.

          When they open one up in Columbus, then I guess it will have lost its regional label.

           
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            Greymo

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            • Joined: 11/30/2005
            • Location: Marriottsville, MD
            Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 2:51 PM (permalink)
            Does that mean I can post  on Ledo Pizza  under  pizza  rather than  chains?
             
            #6
              Scorereader

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              Re:We are in Hard Times Tue, 12/8/09 3:00 PM (permalink)
              Ledo's has a place in North Carolina and Florida. They stretch from Beach to Mountain. They're not strictly a metro DC pizza chain.

              Ledo's is like Five Guys. They've ballooned way passed "regional."

               
              #7
                gregys

                • Total Posts: 126
                • Joined: 12/4/2009
                • Location: finleyville, PA
                Re:We are in Hard Times Wed, 12/9/09 10:09 AM (permalink)
                Hard times was in Indianapolis. I was in there just before it closed. It was kind of beat, and I think
                there was one in Texas that closed. There might be one in England. The restaurant business is not
                easy to run.
                 
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