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Review: I was super intimidated to try this place after reading the reviews on this site. However, I was hungry and in a city that had a veggie place. How could I *not* go?? I went there on Friday late morning. There were a few people in dining inside, but the place wasn't packed. I was a little confused where to pick up the menu and what to do exactly, but I got it figured out. The barista was extremely friendly contrary to what I've read on this site. And I'm not some cute tiny little vegan chick with a great sense of style. I'm just a normal girl-next-door type of person so there is NO way he was being extra nice to me. I was feeling hungry so I ordered the full-size hashbrowns (for about $3) and a bowl of the mushroom barley soup (also about $3). A few minutes later my food was ready and my name was called. The cook was also friendly and she smiled when I came to retrieve my food. Holy smokes!! The food portions are ridiculously huge. My plate of hash browns (which are shredded in house) was enough to feed a family of 8. There must have been 10 potatoes worth of hash browns on that plate. They were delicious, but I felt sad for throwing so much of it away. The bowl of soup was a HUGE bowl, too! And it came with FOUR slices of bread!! The soup was good, but could have been better had fresh (rather than canned) mushrooms been used. However, what would you expect for that price?? I personally liked the decor of Hard Times. I thought it was fun, funky, and a great place to hang. The bathroom was a bit skeezy, but seriously - it's what I would expect from that place. I was also fine with the music (I heard the cook and the barista talking about it. The guy said he found it a record shop in Iowa City earlier that week). So obviously it's chosen by whoever is working. On this particular day it wasn't loud or overbearing. It was at a pleasant level. I really enjoyed my experience and can't wait to return to try something a bit more adventurous.