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1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1034
06:00 - 04:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of different choices; a lot of different flavors and tastes; must have cash, though. A truly out of the ordinary place to have a very good meal!

Thank Judy G
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Hard Times Café is located on the edge of the University of Minnesota-twin cities campus. It's quirky atmosphere draws a lot of students and it's generous portions of great food, at low prices, draws many others. Numerous Vegan and Vegetarian options are popular as well.

Thank J6520YZstephanier
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

A fun vegan grunge restaurant. The food is vegan comfort and the atmosphere is young and rebellious.

Thank Daniel Paden C
Arden Hills, Minnesota
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309 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Like going back to the sixties only not as good. Holy moly, this is an interesting place if nothing else. People are strange, not interesting. Totally self absorbed. No service whatsoever yet they have a tip jar. Food was average at best and the price was not that good. Hmmm. The place gave me the creeps. This is a zombie... More 

Thank CaptainDan330
Twin Cities
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

lots of varied people and varied food, nothing fancy about this place, just creative food at a reasonable price Steve Chicoine freedomhistory

Thank Steve Freedomhi... C
Auburndale, Wisconsin, United States
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Who I am: 40 something-former teen punk rocker-longtime vegetarian Doctor mom food snob who never carries cash-so thanks to other reviewers for noting I would need CASH ONLY here. Aside from the need for CASH I felt this place was made for me to introduce my kids to the punk scene and enjoy the best vegetarian dishes I've had in... More 

Thank Jenna S
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

My husband and I decided to swing in to this place based on the reviews. I ordered the Binh Mi (I think that's what it's called), and my husband ordered a bean burrito. They were both pretty good vegan dishes. We were able to get both meals (with sodas), pretty good portions, for under $20. They have a pretty large... More 

Thank Marcia G
Brooklyn, New York
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I came here for breakfast and I'm so glad that I did. What a unique restaurant, one that reminds me of the type of coffee shops I frequented in the 1990s. I was very appreciative of the punk vibe and laid back atmosphere. I got their vegan biscuits and gravy platter and it's out of this freakin' world. I would... More 

Thank Kathryn H
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much ! Continue that concept and realisation. Simple, good, cute decoration, respectfull for people and planet, generous... it is always a pleasure for as a french guy to come here and take a rest in this cafe !

Thank Laurent D
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

You'd never eat animals again if all your food was this food!! Every dish we tried was great. The place was full but not crowded and the wait time for food once ordered reasonable.

Thank Beverly L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
06:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1034
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > Cedar-Riverside
  • Neighbourhood: Cedar-Riverside

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?