Our son, Michael, graduated from UT-Austin and we had family coming in from the East Coast. Yes, I was going to host them at our house one of the days they were here, but what to do for the actual graduation party? We wanted to give them something different, a little touristy. We decided on the Iron Cactus.
The Iron Cactus San Antonio Riverwalk Mexican restaurant is located on the Riverwalk across from the rustic La Mansion hotel. It boasts a great outdoor patio and over 100 different tequilas. The night we visited Iron Cactus, there was a river parade honoring our veterans. We actually had a hard time getting our party seated at the table as they were having fun watching all the boats.
Once seated, we placed our drink order and ordered a couple of appetizers (Michael’s choice). He chose the chile con queso which has hatch green chilies, pico de gallo, and roasted jalapenos. The other appetizer was the crab fritter nachos. Most of us at the table weren’t quite sure what to expect out of the nachos, but oh my word, they were delicious. With the crispy crab fritter on top of the avocado relish, pico de gallo, and lime crema, it was a so good I was sorry I could only have one. Even someone at the table who said I’m not eating that, was convinced to try it and loved it.
Since I didn’t taste some of the entrée’s, I will tell you that people loved the different enchiladas and the baja fish tacos. John’s skirt steak fajita came sizzling hot and the fragrance of charred beef and peppers was mouthwatering. It tasted as good as it smelled. He said it was the best fajita (outside of mine, of course) that he has ever had at a restaurant. Usually they come fatty, but not this one and the beef was still juicy and tender.
I had some trepidation of ordering the pollo verde. I am one of those people who think cilantro tastes like soap. I actually hate the taste and usually avoid it at all costs. Everything I make (like guacamole, salsa, and etc.) never contains cilantro. However, I am so glad that I ordered the pollo. The chicken was tender, and with the roasted corn, chorizo, chilies, cheese, and even the cilantro cream, it was delicious. The cream had a slight taste of the cilantro but was not overwhelming. It was an excellent dish.
Our waiter, who always had a smile and was patient with our guests who did not know what the items on the menu were, also surprised Michael with the restaurant’s Mexican chocolate mouse. What a rich decadent dessert made with Ibarra chocolate and house-made whipped cream.
If you are in San Antonio and visiting the riverwalk, I highly recommend the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar. You won’t be disappointed.
Until next time, happy creating.