Thank you, Iron Cactus, for inviting me out to try your Sunday brunch buffet! While I did receive some complimentary treats, all opinions are my own. Now, let’s get to it!
Iron Cactus, an Austin born and bred Mexican grill and margarita bar, opened their doors 22 years ago in the heart of downtown. They started out as a one-room restaurant, but then gradually expanded to include their iconic rooftop patio.
Their brunch is buffet-style and has 18 items in addition to their carving and custom omelet stations. What stands out about their brunch is the price. It’s $16 per person ($10 for kids and little ones under 5 are free). As their manager says, “It’s the cheapest in town!” Just so you have some comparison, Tacos and Tequila is usually my go-to Mexican brunch buffet (similar food) and it’s $22 a person, but includes two mimosas with that price. One thing Iron Cactus does have that sets it apart from the crowd is its huge rooftop patio. It has misters and fans, so it stays pretty comfortable and the view is great! If you visit Iron Cactus, ask to sit on the patio for sure.
Let’s start with the good stuff – DRINKS. Iron Cactus brunch has a pretty sweet deal on mimosas: It’s $5.50 for the first one, then the next 3 are just a buck! A steal.
Next – food. They have what you’d expect from a Mexican food brunch. Their migas are pretty excellent, as are their huevos rancheros and cheese enchiladas. My favorite brunch item was the Mexican casserole. So good!
I like sweet breakfasts, so if you’re like me, you’re going to want their waffles. If you’re feeling more like a savory lunch, they have chicken fajitas with all the toppings. In addition to all the things we tried, they also have rice, tamales, grilled veggies, southwestern mac and cheese, salad, tortilla soup and more. Like I said – 18 items!
The one thing I was not a huge fan of was their biscuits. A lot of local places make some incredible biscuits, so there’s not really room in Austin for mediocre ones! They were a little hard and not as buttermilk-tangy as I like. They were also served with a jalapeno gravy (I thought it was queso at first). I didn’t think the jalapeno gravy went with the biscuits – it would have been way better over some of the other food, like the potatoes or migas. Now, that sounds delicious!
Next time I visit, I plan on filling my plate up with potatoes drizzled with jalapeno gravy, migas in a tortilla, and Mexican casserole. Then, I’ll go back for seconds to get waffles and some dessert with a coffee refill. All while drinking four mimosas and only spending $16.
Thanks again, Iron Cactus, for inviting us bloggers out to brunch!