Re:We are in Hard Times
unlike Waffle House, it isn't everywhere in the country. It's a regional thing - found only in the DC metro area.
A good chili house. The one in Old Town Alexandria is great. Relaxed, roll up your sleeves, have a beer and some chili kind of place.
There's no real chili unique to the mid-atlantic, so they make basically two different styles: Texas and Cincinnatti. They also have a spicier Texas style that is on the heat level of competition chili, and a veggie chili - which I don't care for.
But, their meat chili ss quite good. The Texas chili is a bowl of meat and chili. Nothing fancy. Just thick and spicy - like some chili I've had in Texas.
I've never been to Cincinnatti - so I haven't anything to compare Hard Time's cincinatti style with. But, I enjoyed it.
they do chili right.
And, honestly, I was hoping to hate the place, as it is a regional chain that makes food that isn't born from this region. But I didn't. They impressed me.