Like many vendors inside UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, Hard Times Sundaes started as a food truck. Contrary to what their name implies, Hard Times Sundaes is all about burgers, not ice cream. The burgers and hot dogs are what you would expect from a food truck – no frills, topped with chili, wrapped in bacon, fried. All the best from a carnival.
Their hamburgers are of the greasy, flat top variety and can be ordered as a single, double, or triple. The patties are small, so I recommend the double. Then here’s the best part: all the toppings are FREE. A cheeseburger is only $.50 more than a regular burger, which, as far as cheeseburgers go, is a nonexistent margin so I’m calling that a basically free topping. The only other toppings they charge for are bacon and chili but everything else is fair game. I went hog wild with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I was impressed with the burger but thought it could have been slightly improved with some special sauce. I’m not opposed to making my own by mixing ketchup and mayo together.