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Austin Grill

801 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-8969
www.austingrill.com

CUISINE Bar/Pub Grub, Vegetarian/Vegan, Tex-Mex

PRICE $$ ($13-$20)

HOURS Open for lunch and dinner daily, late-night dining, Friday and Saturday; weekend brunch.

DELIVERY No

TAKEOUT Yes

NVM AWARDS None

NEARBY METRO Blue Line(King Street) Yellow Line(King Street)

SPECIAL FEATURES

Takeout
Live Music
Late Night Dinner
Kids Menu
Happy Hour
Dinner
Brunch
Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards



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NVM Review

(October 2008)

By Warren Rojas

This homegrown Tex-Mex chainlet is perhaps best known for its oversize burritos, brimming tacos and scrape-the-bottom-of-bowl-good chili (see our June/July 2006 review).

But we’d now like t show some devoted love to their firecracker of a tuna sandwich.

The well-grilled medallion of juicy tuna steak arrives lacquered in a terrific chile glaze (deceptively sweet veneer is dotted with telltale red pepper flakes), and is finished with squiggles of chipotle mayo (Southwestern spices kick the inherent heat up a few notches) and creamy avocado slices (buttery buffer helps temper the zesty sauces).

Texas Chili – Top Notch

(June/July 2006)

By Warren Rojas

A regional chain with plenty of down home charm, Austin Grill serves a high-test chili that’s terrific all the way down to the bottom of the bowl.

Beef: Think thick cubes of moist chuck roast

Sauce: A magnificently ruddy tomato sauce packed with secret spices (devilishly zesty)

Toppings: A mound of diced red onions, chunky peppers and shredded cheddar crown the fragrant beef-and-tomato brew

Bonus: The chili is served with a warm, soft flour tortilla ideal for mid-meal dunking or for assembling a super-sloppy chili roll-up

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