Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
Agave Room open late Fri.-Sat.
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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Restaurant Review: The atmospheric Aztec Theater, restored and geared toward tourists, struggles to find an audience while its downstairs neighbor, the Iron Cactus, appears to be thriving. Could more than 100 tequilas have something to do with IC’s drawing power? We suspect so and suggest starting with a flight of silver or reposado tequilas paired with the “Street Tacos” filled with pork carnitas. The main menu, however, is somewhat hit-and-miss. Baja fish tacos are safe enough, but somehow the kitchen has managed to make most chilies relatively mild --- a trick perfected in the chile relleno rustico. Platos tradicionales we’d prefer to have at a really traditional local restaurant, but we applaud at least the idea of invention in a chipotle smoked pork chop and don’t deny that a meatloaf with Angus sirloin, chorizo and bacon can be a good thing on occasion. Outdoor seats in the shade of stalwart cypresses offer some of the river’s best people-watching possibilities, and attractive happy hour specials add to the entertainment potential.