Neighborhood Eats: Austin Grill

Everything’s bigger in Texas, so supersize portions reign at this rowdy chain. The bars might be packed with margarita drinkers, but the colorful dining rooms—and the shredded-cheese-laden fare—are as kid-friendly as it gets; little ones even eat free on Tuesday nights off a special menu.

What to get: Chili con queso punched up with dark beer; dry-rubbed chicken wings; generously topped Longhorn nachos; fajitas with shrimp or skirt steak; the Cadillac Margarita, a smooth version of the house cocktail.

-March, 2008 

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.