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Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1034
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good20%
  • Average17%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible7%
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“punk” (3 reviews)
“grungy” (3 reviews)
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American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1034
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

My wife's sister has a very strict diet that HT was able to accommodate perfectly. The grub is cheap and satisfying vegetarian fare. Coffee is strong and mud like. Wi-Fi was down when we went here. People watching for miles.

Thank Dorian M
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Kind of grungy but the food is really pretty good! I love the vegetarian food amd the vegan cupcakes! I got the taco platter that was huge but spicy! Only takes cash by the way.

Thank Cc B
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Worker owned goodness. Yes!! My travel buddies and I know this place well now. Bring cash (you will be reminded by the front door// bank a few doors down opens at 9am) and grab a board game. I am one to get uncomfortable with being...More

Thank Hobbes E
Reviewed 23 February 2017

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
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
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
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...More

Thank CaptainDan330
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
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...More

Thank Jenna S
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...More

Thank Marcia G
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
6:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
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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