1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454-1034
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Hard Times Cafe

(Between S 4th St/Cedar Ave S and S 19th Ave)

Neighborhoods: Cedar-Riverside
Cuisine: Vegan, Mexican, Coffee

Hard Times Cafe is a Vegan, Mexican, and Coffee restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid less than $10, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Overall
89%
Food
92%
Service
84%
Ambiance
88%
Pros
"My niece loved the tofu scramble. I had rice with steamed veggies, which was perfectly cooked but lacked seasoning/sauce. I added sriracha and that helped."
"They discriminate against people that don't have the same political views. No discrimination is OK period. I will never step another foot in there again."
"vegan gyro"
"vegan biscuit breakfast with gravy "
"Kind of awkward ordering system for first-timers, but the quality of the food and coffee is worth it! Very cool decorations too. "
"Vegan dishes plentiful and the coffee and coffee drinks are strong, the vegan bakery items are great."
"Lots of vegan options, strong coffee, fast wifi."
Cons
"My Mom’s haystack was very salty, while my food didn’t seem to be seasoned much."
"graffiti in bathroom"
Comments
"The music was bad. Bad. I can’t even describe it. It wasn’t edgy or mysterious or cultural. Not meditative or catchy or interesting or intense or even boring. It was just bad and at times annoying. "
"cash only, atm on site"
  • 10/16/2020

    Hooowl tried it and liked it. Hooowl liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 11/10/2019

    A diner from US tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    My niece loved the tofu scramble. I had rice with steamed veggies, which was perfectly cooked but lacked seasoning/sauce. I added sriracha and that helped.
    Cons
    My Mom’s haystack was very salty, while my food didn’t seem to be seasoned much.
    Comments
    The music was bad. Bad. I can’t even describe it. It wasn’t edgy or mysterious or cultural. Not meditative or catchy or interesting or intense or even boring. It was just bad and at times annoying.
  • 10/19/2019

    A Vegan chowhound from Ann Arbor, MI tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They didn't like the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 10/19/2019

    A Vegan chowhound from Saint Paul, MN tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They didn't like the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    They discriminate against people that don't have the same political views. No discrimination is OK period. I will never step another foot in there again.
  • 10/14/2018

    A Vegan food lover from US tried it.

  • 9/25/2018

    A Vegan food lover from Minneapolis, MN tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    vegan gyro
    Cons
    graffiti in bathroom
    Comments
    cash only, atm on site
  • 8/27/2018

    A dining patron from Saint Paul, MN tried it.

  • 5/19/2018

    A diner from Saint Paul, MN tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food.

  • 4/17/2018

    A Vegan chowhound from Minneapolis, MN tried it.

  • 1/23/2018

    A dining patron from Minneapolis, MN tried it.

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HOOowl

 River Falls, WI
 

vegetarian eats

hard times cafe has been around since 1821. i’m told it is popular with the locals. can’t go wrong with seitan i thought and the ban mi was very good. they only take cash or venmo though. sometimes there are vegan cinnamon rolls. soups are pretty tasty, the patio is right next to the street because they don’t let anyone inside during pandemics. they make mint mochas but don’t have oat milk. open late.they sell cigarettes and hats and you can scan their menu on tumblr.

ban mi

yummy. pickled radish and green sauce.

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Dariel

 Minneapolis, MN
 

Delicious vegan food

Hard Times is not your average cafe. The vegan bakery items are plentiful, the coffee is strong and only a dollar, and the bathrooms are covered with graffiti. Rarely closed, everything here is vegetarian and they only take cash. The menu here is immense, with breakfast combos, mexican entrees, soups, sandwiches and salads. But the real draw is the atmosphere; great place for people watching.

Helter Skelter

The Helter Skelter is a giant pile of veggies and cheese on hashbrowns. The full order is too large, so go with a half order.

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meganvegan

 Minneapolis, MN
 

Not going back

The long wait and the terrible service is not worth the crappy food. I can put up with that if the food is good, but it isn’t. Also, do I really want people who obviously hate their customers handling things I’ll be eating?

It’s open late, so I guess if you’re drunk enough, it might be okay…but be prepared to WAIT. And there’s no nooch in the tofu scramble. Blasphemous.

Tofu scramble

Gross.

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velmavav

 Bloomington, MN
 

WORST vegetarian food I've had yet. Their veggie burger ...

WORST vegetarian food I’ve had yet. Their veggie burger tasted like rotten pumpkins. Ew. The baristas were rude, as well.

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Vegetarian Vegan Good for groups
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Hours
Sun-Sat 08:00AM - 01:30AM
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River Falls, WI
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Minneapolis, MN
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