Jennifer Yin, 6/12/08
After a decade of soul food success in the Dogpatch, the Hua Family opened a second location of Hard Knox Cafe last month. Though the Clement Street branch bears the same vintage-industrial, kitschy design (right down to the mounted swordfish), the new location is almost twice the size of the original, with about 80 seats and two levels of seating, making it easier to get a table (well, slightly). There's no bar area at HKC#2, but the pitchers are flowing and flat-screen televisions are scattered about as well. Hard Knox is, for the most part, an established local favorite in a city already lacking in the southern/soul food category, so early reports have been largely positive. Further reading on Hard Knox can be enjoyed in the Eater Archives and at AsianWeek.