Austin Grill - Penn Quarter
This soon-to-be-national chain specializes in heaping fajita platters and frozen margaritas.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published December 12, 2006

Austin Grill - Penn Quarter
Address: 750 E St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-393-3776
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 11 to 9:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Longhorn nachos; East Austin nachos; chili con queso; chicken wings; fajitas with shrimp or steak; pork carnitas; tacos al carbon; Cadillac margarita.
Price Details: Starters, $3.99 to $11.50; main courses, $7.50 to $18.99.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

From April 2000

The twentysomethings are downstairs guzzling Herradura margaritas. Upstairs is more subdued, with space aplenty for families and larger groups. Both levels sport color-splashed walls and floors—lime green, boat blue, and sunshine yellow. Food runs from deftly done nachos—we like the Longhorn version with fajita beef and the East Austin with chili and grilled jalapeños—to orange-scented pork carnitas. Tacos al carbon filled with marinated beef, pork, or chicken are always a good chew. Grousers will want to avoid peak times, when waits are legendary and the kitchen sometimes off. But this remains one of the brighter stars of the local chain.
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