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Hard Times Cafe

Map & Directions 1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • American, Vegetarian
  • Daily 6am-4am
  • cash, check
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Street


City Pages' Description

This grungy, worker-owned collective near the University campus attracts counterculture types hungry for vegetarian and vegan food 22 hours a day (it's closed between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. daily). Between the colorful walls and the guys playing chess, the place feels like a neighborhood community center, except for the free condoms. There's also a box of donated clothes, and many patrons who look like they dress out of it. Despite the grit, the Hard Times fixes up honest grub, from meatless omelets to a tempeh Reuben that tastes just as good as the real thing.

Member Reviews

  • henry.travis28 wrote a review for Hard Times Cafe
    on 09/23/10

    great late night food worst staff. hey tight pants go ride your fixed gear bike into traffic. just cause I don't dress like you is no reason to be rude to anyone.

  • Niki54 wrote a review for Hard Times Cafe
    on 06/04/10

    Good food, cafe is open until about 4am so it's a good late-night joint. I recommend the vegan muffins - there's lots of good vegan/vegetarian options on the menu.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Brendan S. on 05/14/11

    Go to the bathroom elsewhere before you come

  • Maggie B. on 05/23/10

    Listen in on drunk conversations on a variety of topics ranging from Ancient Celtic spanking sticks, to "the one who got away". Sure its rude, but i promise they won't notice.

  • Miki T. on 10/21/09

    collectively owned and operated vegetarian, vegan almost 24 hour west bank, diverse and eclectic cafe.

  • Nick M. on 09/23/10

    The Quesidila is so good

  • Chelsey D. on 07/14/10

    Try the biscuits & gravy; they're the best!

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