Hard Times Cafe - Alexandria

A nationally-acclaimed, old-fashioned chili parlour with four kinds of chili, including vegetarian, plus burgers grilled chicken and ribs.

Rated by USA Today as one of the ten best places in the country for a bowl of chili.

This is the grand daddy of them all. Old Town Hard Times Cafe opened in 1980 on this very site. Founders Jim & Fred Parker didn’t really know what they were getting in to except they knew how to cook award-winning chili. The rest is history.