Posts Tagged ‘Hazel Calloway’

The Sexual Connotations of Hard Times Cafe’s “All the Way Wet”

"I like mine all the way wet." The phrase has been part of D.C. chili parlor history well before Hard Times Cafe came along in 1980. Its origin dates back to the historic Texas Chili Parlor on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which is the subject of this week's Young & Hungry column. Hard Times' co-founder Fred […]

The Legend of the Texas Chili Parlor

Later today, in this week's Young & Hungry column, you can get the backstory on the old Texas Chili Parlor, an mid-20th-century restaurant that used to be located in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Two former waitresses bought the place in 1944 and, a mere two years later, couldn't stand to work under the same roof. […]

Classic D.C. Dish: Texas Chili Mac All the Way

Sandy Karpe has been working at Hard Times Cafe in Alexandria since 1981. One of its owners, Fred Parker, compares her to Hazel Calloway, the D.C. chili queen and inspiration behind Hard Times, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Karpe, like Calloway before her, is the kind of manager/cook/barkeep who loves to tease customers and poke […]