« And the new restaurant critic is ... | Main | Potomac chef wins Mason Dixon Master Chef competition »

September 22, 2010

Austin Grill closes

Austin Grill chiliAustin Grill, the Tex-Mex chain that had several locations in Maryland, has closed its restaurant in Canton.

I called there just now, and the woman who answered said the restaurant closed Monday. She wasn't saying any more than that.

The chain's locations in Annapolis, Rockville and Silver Spring remain open.



Austin Grill chili. Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 2:31 PM | | Comments (19)


Not a real surprise. I used to like it, and I'm from Texas, so it was my "home away from home", but it has really gone down hill in the last few years. I can't say I'll miss it.

Soo...just because it was closed on a Monday, that means the restaurant is throwing in the towel?

I don't know, I'm surprised. I wasn't surprised when Canton wouldn't support a book store, but I never thought they would neglect a place that sells margaritas.

No big loss - I'd rather go to Arcos, nacho mamas or any of the place around Eastern/Fells Point.

Caroline's on Broadway is really good

That center is cursed for restaurants

The Baltimore location has been removed from their website, so that seems pretty final. I'm mostly disappointed because that's where my friends and I go on Wednesday nights for trivia!

That place had the best salsa in the world. I am totally addicted to it. What a disapointment.

I'm sad because it is one of few places that has a gluten free menu.

wow, just ate there saturday, had no idea.
they had the best chicken wings, char grilled instead of fried.
man, we went there a lot for cheap food and good margaritas, hope something good moves in it's place.

Weak sauce

That part of Canton is really tough for restaurants. They need to figure out what can be done there to make them more attractive. Some of them didn't have real good food, and that will always lead to a restaurant's demise. But this place was open for a fairly long time and this is surprising to see.


I'm from Texas and that place reminded me of places pretending they were bringing something good from Texas. No bueno. Hopefully a better restaurant gets in to that spot.

What's surprising is that the restaurants in a location with ample parking have struggled vs. other Canton eateries where parking is an adventure. Still, the Outback in the Can Co seems to be doing pretty well -- as it should in these challenging times. Good value for money.

I'm very upset that the Austin Grill has closed. My fiance and I spent a lot of time there with our friends and had a great relationship with Guy, who bartended there. We're definately going to miss that place!

Thanks AG for 4 great years with the Margarita Bar Tour! Going to be tough to replace it in that time slot!

Condolences from Austin, Texas. I always hate to see anything with Austin in its name go under.

Tex-Mex down here is a daily staple and, I sometimes think, a major component of the economy.

It is sad. This restaurant had its ups and downs but at times was authentic. Being from Texas it got close to the real thing. Heard it went through a sale couple years back and the new owner didn't speak Texan. Sure appears so!

Sean- I, too, am a big fan of Guy. Hopefully he ends up somewhere else and we can all visit him.

Very surprise when I went downtown to that they had close there doors. I like watching the game there hope that they open back up.... I also been going there for three years. Sorry that it had close there doors.....

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About this blog

You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

Top Ten Tuesdays
Most Recent Comments
Baltimore Sun coverage
Restaurant news and reviews Recently reviewed
Browse photos and information of restaurants recently reviewed by The Baltimore Sun

Sign up for FREE text alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for dining text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Food & Drink newsletter
Need ideas for dinner tonight? A recommendation for the perfect red wine?'s Food & Drink newsletter is there to help.
See a sample | Sign up

Stay connected