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Hard Knox Cafe

Hard Knox Cafe

Southern Food Restaurant$$$$
Dogpatch, San Francisco
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  • Stars
    Go here. Experience the Southern food. It's worth it.
  • Tips
    Max K.
    "The best collard greens I've ever had"(10 Tips)
    Sergio R.
    "Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better"(7 Tips)
    Jessica B.
    "I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread."(13 Tips)
    Bennett W W.
    "Chicken and Waffles with Macaroni and Cheese - delicious."(7 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon102 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • fried chicken
  • soul food
  • cornbread
  • collard greens
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  • Pei 👻 W.heart icon on user image
    Pei 👻 WenApril 11, 2016
    If you want to try something that's not fried chicken, go with the ox tail. So damn good. And the cornbread was one of the best I've ever had! Alert: huge portions so be prepared to share or take out.
  • Traci W.
    Traci WilbanksAugust 12, 2013
    A little slice of the South in SF. The corn muffins ARE as good as they smell. Get some collard greens and add some Cholula hot sauce. The catfish poboy is tasty as is the roll it's on.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Three pieces of fat, juicy chicken ($12) - generously coated in flour and garlic salt with an undercurrent of what tastes like cayenne - come with two sides, plus excellent corn muffins. Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 27, 2018
    Blackened snapper with 2 sides of candied yams and collard greens and 2 cornbread muffins $15. Worth the trek!
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 30, 2015
    The chicken is cooked until its exterior is a dark golden brown, and will make you believe in fryer vat miracles. Don't expect the fastest service, but in return, you're welcome to linger. Read more
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillNovember 16, 2016
    I am from the South and these guys serve up some of the best southern cooking I have had. Great portions, service, friendly people too.
  • Ian C.heart icon on user image
    Ian CheeAugust 7, 2023
    Excellent home style Southern food. Southern fried chicken is the star; have it with waffles, delicious sides or in a sandwich.
  • Carla L.
    Carla LayneAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Our regular place to kick off the weekend. We order the same every week and wait staff knows us. Sounds boring, but the food isn't. Very good red beans and rice, and I'm from New Orleans. Thumbs up!
  • Clayton P.heart icon on user image
    Clayton PetersDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    What's not to love here. Can't go wrong but I'm partial the the fried catfish with crystal sauce. Side of greens and red rice and beans. Good beer and root beer on tap.
  • Mark D.heart icon on user image
    Mark Del LimaJune 18, 2013
    Fried chicken or oxtail are the clear winners. We always resolve to order something else and then we arrive and can't resist and order fried chicken and oxtail again...
  • Kirk H.heart icon on user image
    Kirk HerlitzMarch 1, 2018
    I'd never had oxtail before, so I figured this was a good place to try it. So good! If you like braised short ribs, give the oxtail a try!
  • Sydnie C.
    Sydnie CollinsSeptember 13, 2011
    Its a really good place to eat fried chicken. I would recommend the the 3 piece fried chicken with three different entrees. I would also recommend the chicken and waffles!! yum
  • Andrew S.heart icon on user image
    Andrew SandlerFebruary 19, 2016
    Muffins are great. I really like the collards. And it's hard to go wrong with spicy fried chicken.
  • Dan K.heart icon on user image
    Dan KimOctober 2, 2013
    $12 for a very large platter of 3 pieces fried chicken, two sides (mac n' cheese and collard greens, mmm), and two pieces of cornbread. Wash it down with an ice cold beer.
  • Steven W.heart icon on user image
    Steven WakuuJune 11, 2018
    God, this place is delicious. Still dreaming about their chicken and waffles. Not really the healthiest food, but definitely amazing comfort food.
  • Celine H.heart icon on user image
    Celine HOctober 9, 2018
    Massive portions and everything I ordered was delicious! Definitely get collard greens and mac n cheese for sides.
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LumJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious and friendly service! Ox tail and fried chicken are amazing! Also free wifi which is their phone number
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxMarch 2, 2016
    Spicy fried chicken or country fried steak - but get the collards either way!
  • Daniel P.heart icon on user image
    Daniel PlemmonsMarch 30, 2015
    Used to be a regular for lunch. Mac and cheese + collard greens + the smothered pork chops are fantastic.
  • Charlene N.
    Charlene NaughtonSeptember 19, 2022
    You should definitely go with fried chicken here. Skip the string beans and opt for the collard greens instead.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LuoSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't mess around and just get the fried chicken. Also, a tip for those rare hot days in SF: there's no A/C!
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SmootMay 7, 2017
    Great food good quality customer service.Ive almost tried everything on the menu so far it's been all good.
  • Patrick S.heart icon on user image
    Patrick SAugust 28, 2015
    You can't go wrong with the fried chicken, the short ribs or the blackened snapper.
  • Miwa N.
    Miwa Nagamitsu AhlstromJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle. Heavenly! Collard green, cabbage, yam... all the side dishes are delish, too!!
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BFebruary 23, 2016
    They're known for their friend chicken, so have them when you're dining here. 😄😋
  • Bennett W W.heart icon on user image
    Bennett W WongNovember 3, 2014
    Chicken and Waffles with Macaroni and Cheese - delicious. Friendly staff and good service.
  • Genie
    GenieFebruary 1, 2012
    Do not order the green beans, nor the Cajun meatloaf. The mac & cheese is fine with a hefty shake of Crystal hot sauce. Cornbread? Delicious.
  • Alix M.
    Alix MorleSeptember 6, 2012
    The waitress here is a sweetheart, she is super friendly and very efficient. The Hard Knox IPA is pretty decent... Try it!
  • Aura
    AuraFebruary 16, 2014
    Come on Sunday at 11am for quick seating & great service. They do not take AMEX but Visa & MC.
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairMarch 26, 2015
    7x7 mag recommends for southern comfort food "exceptional waffles paired with crisp fried chicken and cornbread"
  • Tim B.
    Tim BolusJune 5, 2013
    Try the oxtail and some red beans and rice with a side of corn. The cornbread rocks!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BaldwinMarch 13, 2013
    I'm from Alabama, and I think that's the best cornbread. Wish they'd add some fried okra ;)
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KNovember 2, 2016
    The best collard greens I've ever had
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    The original down-to-earth bar and BBQ. Treat yourself to fried chicken and all the fixins.
  • Rob R.heart icon on user image
    Rob RayNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You're cheating yourself if you don't try the fried chicken. Also, when they have it, the gumbo is fantastic.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HoltzJanuary 11, 2017
    The fried chicken meal is an insane amount of food.
  • Nik A.
    Nik AhPoDecember 12, 2010
    the 3-piece fried chicken and Mac and cheese are must haves! although everything else is almost just as amazing.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChenAugust 17, 2014
    Corn muffins, freshly squeezed orange juice, Mac n cheese, fried chicken — all legit.
  • Sergio R.heart icon on user image
    Sergio RodriguezFebruary 10, 2015
    Corn muffin's very nice and fried chicken even better
  • Rosemarie M.
    Rosemarie McKeonJanuary 13, 2013
    Great spicy chicken sandwich - someone told me to remove the green chilies which kicked it down to a good hot
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    The fried chicken is crispy and moist! Read more
  • skyle
    skyleMarch 29, 2014
    Mac n cheese on a cold day, toss in some chololu to kick it up a notch.
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.December 24, 2016
    Fried chicken 😍
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BApril 26, 2014
    Two eggs, potatoes, toast and 3 fried chicken.
  • Robin A.
    Robin AndersenJune 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the 3 piece fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle, and sweet tea to wash it down. Good music and service, too.
  • Angela D.
    Angela D'ArcyOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1 order of fried chicken plus the sides that cone with it is more than enough for 2 people to share.
  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica AlvarezJune 29, 2014
    Food took forever to get to our table but it was tasty
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BFebruary 23, 2016
    Fried chicken! Yum!! 😋😛
  • Nancy T.heart icon on user image
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Mmmm mmm mmm! Hook me up with that fried chicken, mac n' cheese, and some greens!!
  • Bakh I.heart icon on user image
    Bakh InamovApril 19, 2014
    Guest WiFi password: 4156483770
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