Prime Viewing of San Antonio’s Holiday River Lighting Parade at Iron Cactus

Prime Viewing of San Antonio’s Holiday River Lighting Parade at Iron Cactus

Texans traveling this holiday season don’t have to fly to Paris, New York City or Disney World to experience a winter wonderland of holiday lights. They can visit San Antonio instead and be part of a festival of lights unlike any other city in the world.

San Antonio’s holiday spirit kicks into high gear at its annual Holiday Lighting at the River Parade that transforms the River Walk into a world that can only be described as magical.

On the evening of November 29th, the date for this year’s River Lighting Parade, Iron Cactus River Walk guests can make reservations to ensure they have a prime viewing spot of the parade. In addition, a special Lighting of the River pre-fixed menu featuring a three-course meal is included. Cost is $65 for adults, $35 for children (ages 3-12).

2013 Iron Cactus River Lighting Menu

Seating for the Lighting of the River dinner begins at 5 p.m. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to be at Iron Cactus at 8 p.m.  To ensure guests are able to secure a seat, they should fill out the form below or call Iron Cactus River Walk directly at 210-224-9846.

2013 Iron Cactus Lighting of the River Credit Card Form

Visitors to San Antonio during the holidays will see more than 122,000 flickering lights that are strung together along the Cypress trees that run along the River Walk. If that’s not enough to bring a traveler into the holiday spirit, San Antonio’s Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias will definitely do the trick.  Locals and tourists alike can take a stroll down the River Walk and enjoy its serenity as 6,000 luminarias – glowing candles in sand-filled bags—line up the walkways of the River Walk to guide their path. The luminarias is symbol of the “lighting of the way” of the Holy Family, It’s a century’s old tradition that begins at dusk on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only during the holiday season.

There are many other places and attractions that holiday vacationers will enjoy beyond the River Walk such as the Tower of the Americas, the shops at El Mercado—the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico, or ride the trolley around downtown San Antonio.

Furthermore, San Antonio boasts several different retail stores from the mom and pop, local store to the large malls. It is a great place for those who want to stimulate the economy.

If they love the theater, they can watch live shows at The Majestic Theatre (right next to the Iron Cactus), which is a historical landmark built in 1929. Many of the nation’s famous performers have made an appearance at The Majestic.

David Anthony Martinez, Iron Cactus River Walk’s Director of Events, a local San Antonian, offers his advice to visitors. He says, “Book your hotel in downtown San Antonio for the convenience since everything will be walking distance from you hotel.” He also adds, “check the visitor’s center and Rio magazine for coupons.”

San Antonio is definitely a unique holiday destination.

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Debuts Own Tequila at Its Annual Tequila Tour on September 26th at the North Austin location

AUSTIN, TX, September 24, 2013 – Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar debuts its own tequila at its annual Tequila Tour on September 26th at the North Austin location at 10001 Stonelake Blvd. Tequila Tour attendees will have a chance to sample the double barrel reposado created by Herradura specifically for Iron Cactus.

Since opening its first location on the corner of Trinity St. and 6th St. in downtown Austin, Iron Cactus has been on a mission to educate guests on the various qualities and types of tequila available. For 16 consecutive years, it has hosted the Tequila Tour where several new and popular tequila manufacturers come together under one roof to let guests sample a variety of tequilas.

“We’ve always been pioneers in making tequila a drink that people can enjoy on a daily basis much like wine or beer,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “From introducing the first tequila on tap to bringing more than 100 different tequila brands at our restaurants to launching our own tequila brand, we’ve come a long way in growing the popularity of such a versatile beverage.”

Manley and the Iron Cactus team worked closely with Herradura in Guadalajara, Mexico, to ensure that the quality and taste of the Iron Cactus-branded tequila is unique. The Iron Cactus tequila is available at all Iron Cactus locations.

Guests who are interested in attending the Tequila Tour can purchase tickets in advance at the Austin locations of Iron Cactus or by visiting https://ictequilatour2013.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25 (in advance), $30 (at the door), and includes 10 tequila samples, an Iron Cactus snifter, appetizers, live entertainment and free merchandise from tequila partners.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at https://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.

 

Executive Chef Jamie Chozet Demonstrates Two Iron Cactus Favorites on Good Taste with Tanji

Our Corporate Executive Chef, Jamie Chozet, made a recent appearance on Good Taste with Tanji, to demonstrate two popular Iron Cactus dishes, the Lobster Tacos and the Chile Relleno Rustico.

Special thanks to our friends at Sysco for hosting Chef Chozet’s cooking demo at its state of the art kitchen and for naming him Sysco Chef of the Month!

Click to view Chef Chozet’s demo below and learn how to make the Iron Cactus dishes at home:

The recipes are available by clicking here.

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Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good!

Gluten-free is not just a diet craze.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, about 1% of the U.S. population has celiac disease. For these individuals, staying gluten-free is a matter of life and death.

The rest of the population who are going on a gluten-free diet are doing so because they may be gluten sensitive or simply want to cut the amount of gluten foods they eat. Removing gluten from one’s diet may benefit some more than others.

In a recent article in CNN.com by Dr. Arthur Agatson, author of The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, he declares that “as a society, we are in a state of ‘gluten overload,’ and millions of people of all ages and all walks of life are suffering as a result of a condition that was recognized only a few years ago, called gluten sensitivity.” [To view the complete article, please click here.]

One common complaint by many who have decided to try being gluten-free is the lack of taste in gluten-free dishes. At Iron Cactus, its gluten-free menu includes dishes that even the non-gluten-free guest would find delicious.

“We want to ensure that our gluten-free guests are able to experience the same tasty dishes that we create for our non-gluten-free guests, “said Iron Cactus Executive Chef Jaime Chozet.  “Our gluten-free menu includes appetizers, entrées and desserts.”

The stacked pork enchiladas is one of the many gluten-free menu items at Iron Cactus.

Iron Cactus has been serving gluten-free dishes since 2008, years before other restaurants started to offer it.

So if you’re gluten-free, be sure to check out our gluten-free menu the next time you visit Iron Cactus.

 

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Declares Salsa Shortage in Texas; Expected to Run Out on April 1st

Austin, TX, March 28, 2013 – Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar today announced that due to the unusually cold weather this year, there has been a significant shortfall of high-quality, vine-riped tomatoes, which the restaurant uses to create its award-winning salsas made fresh daily. The famous Tex-Mex dining establishment predicts that its two famous salsas, the warm-roasted and cold salsa, will run out by April 1st.

“We ask guests to visit our five locations on or before April 1st while we have salsas available,” stated Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “We will continue to offer our unlimited chips and salsas free of charge even as we face this crisis,” added Manley with conviction.

Iron Cactus, which has five locations in Texas including three in the Austin-area (6th St. in downtown Austin, North Austin and Hill Country Galleria), downtown Dallas and San Antonio Riverwalk, are all affected by the salsa shortage. Iron Cactus’ salsas are made daily with the freshest and finest ingredients. The restaurant will not compromise in its commitment to using only the best ingredients for its dishes, margaritas and desserts including its salsas.

“We will make it through this salsa shortage. We will know if the crisis is averted on April 2nd,” added Manley.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at https://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.

Iron Cactus Adds Jaime Chozet as Corporate Executive Chef to Oversee Menu Development and Kitchen Operations

Austin, TX, March 6, 2013 — Named by Bon Appétit magazine as one of Austin’s Best Chefs, Jaime Chozet, has joined Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar as its corporate executive chef.  He will be responsible for overseeing Iron Cactus’ menu development, culinary programs and kitchen operations at its five locations in Austin (three locations), San Antonio Riverwalk and downtown Dallas.

Chozet will be based out of the Iron Cactus at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, TX, where he will supervise all kitchen personnel and be actively involved in ensuring that the dishes served to guests are of the highest quality and standards. Known for having a meticulous eye in the kitchen, Chozet was formerly the chef and kitchen manager at popular Austin restaurants including Perla’s, Lambert’s and Clark’s.

“Jaime brings years of culinary experience and a unique perspective to our kitchen operations,” said Gary Manley, general partner at Iron Cactus. “We welcome him to the Iron Cactus team.”

“I am honored to be part of such a renowned Austin establishment and I look forward to sharing my culinary knowledge with Iron Cactus,” said Jaime Chozet.

Chozet was trained in classic French cooking and is an expert in cooking American, French, Italian, Interior Mexican and Spanish cuisines. He has worked with some of the country’s renowned chefs and restaurateurs such as Larry McGuire and Thomas Moorman of McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Master Chef of France honoree Philippe Schmit of Philippe, and Chef Jeffrey Armstrong, named as one of the best hotel chefs in America by The James Beard Foundation.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at https://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.

AWARD-WINNING MARGARITA BAR, IRON CACTUS, INTRODUCES THE ‘END OF THE WORLD’ MARGARITA NAMED THE MAYAN

The $100 margarita is the last margarita guests should drink if the world ends on
December 21st as the Mayans predicted; Only available from December 17th – December 20th

AUSTIN, TEXAS, December 12, 2012 — In case the world ceases to exist on December 21st as the Mayan calendar predicts, Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar’s tribe of mixologists led by Gary Manley, co-owner and general partner of the award-winning margarita bar, has created a one-of-a-kind margarita aptly named, the Mayan. According to Manley and the Iron Cactus mixologists who helped create the $100 margarita, the Mayan is the last drink anyone should consume if the world ends on December 21st.

If the world does not end on December 21st, guests who have purchased the ‘end of the world’ concoction will be mailed a letter inviting them to return to have another Mayan margarita on the house.

“We created this special margarita by asking ourselves if the world ended tomorrow, what would our last margarita look and taste like,” said Manley. “Upon several trials and discussions, we came up with the Mayan margarita, and it is definitely worthy to be the last margarita anyone would want to drink.”

Typically, Iron Cactus does not share its original margarita recipes, but it has decided to make an exception with the Mayan margarita. Following is the recipe for the Mayan margarita:

1 1/2 oz. Deleón Reposado
3/4 oz. Grand Marnier 100 Year
1 1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 1/4 oz. Agave Nectar

– Pour ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour in a martini glass or glass of ice. Garnish with slice of lime wedge. Drink and kiss your loved ones good-bye (optional).

The Mayan margarita is available at all Iron Cactus locations.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at https://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.

IRON CACTUS HOLIDAY RIVER PARADE AND LIGHTING CEREMONY DINNER BRINGS TOGETHER GREAT FOOD AND GREAT VIEWS

SAN ANTONIO, TX, November 13, 2012 — Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar at the Riverwalk is holding its annual Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony dinner on Friday, November 23rd at 7 p.m. Reservations for the special three-course dinner are $65 for adults and $35 for children (ages 3-12) if made prior to November 23rd. Prices increase by $10 for on November 23rd.

“The Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is an annual tradition in San Antonio that attracts many locals and tourists from all over the country and it gets really crowded,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “Our dinner event offers guests great views of the parade while they enjoy a delicious chef-inspired three-course dinner. Whether you’re a family with children, a couple on a romantic dinner date or friends celebrating Thanksgiving weekend, reserving a table at Iron Cactus for the Lighting of the River Parade will make the experience more enjoyable.”

The three-course menu features a choice of appetizers including Shrimp and Avocado Cocktail, Chicken Fried Pork Tamales and Chicken Flautas; a choice of entreé including Grilled Portabella with Pineapple Salsa, Patron Ribeye, Pollo Flameado and Pescado Del Sol; and a dessert sampler including mini-portions of Milk Chocolate Mousse, Banana Fudge Empanadas and Traditional Tres Leches.

For 30 years, the annual Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony at San Antonio’s Riverwalk has brought illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. Olympic swimmer and silver medalist at the recent London Olympics , Jimmy Feigen, acts as grand marshal for this year’s parade.

Early reservations are encouraged to ensure a great view of the parade. Guests with reservations may arrive as early as 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Iron Cactus Riverwalk at (210) 224-9835. The restaurant is located at 200 River Walk, Suite 100. It is directly underneath the Aztec Theatre.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar
Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iron_cactus.

IRON CACTUS DEBUTS SEVERAL NEW AND ENTICING MEXICAN DISHES TO ITS EXTENSIVE MENU

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar today announced that it has added several new and enticing Mexican dishes to its already extensive menu.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the dining experience at Iron Cactus from developing original, award-winning margarita recipes to creating unique Mexican dishes that are made with the freshest ingredients,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “The new menu items are diverse and will please every type of palate.”

The new dishes that debuted include:

Street Tacos
A pork carnita taco with a spicy guacamole verde sauce, a moist roasted chicken taco with a tomatillo relish and a grilled steak taco, topped with a red chile sauce and caramelized onions.

Chipotle Smoked Pork Chop (not available at the downtown Austin location)
Slow smoked and grilled double pork chop served on a rich chipotle-mushroom demi glace with green chile mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus..

Pumpkin Crusted Chicken
Stuffed with Hill Country goat cheese, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes and sautéed spinach with a lime butter sauce.  Served with chili-lime roasted corn.

Cornbread Crusted Pescado
Moist white fish with a savory cornbread crust seared on our grill and finished with a jalapeno and mushroom cream sauce.  Served with cilantro lime rice and garlic herb broccoli.

Pollo Flameado
Blackened chicken breast, stuffed with chorizo, Panella cheese and roasted red peppers.  Served with green chile mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Pescado del Sol
Moist white fish stuffed with shrimp, goat cheese, red onions, cilantro, roasted corn and poblano peppers, served on a bed of sautéed spinach with a roasted tomato-lobster cream sauce.

Shrimp Tacos
Sautéed in lemon and fresh garlic, served in puffy taco shell with crisp slaw, roasted red peppers, cilantro and avocado slices, finished with a red pepper and cilantro coulis.  Served with cilantro lime rice and choice of beans.

Grilled Veggie Enchiladas
Three red corn tortillas filled with white cheese, zucchini, squash, red onion, roasted corn and portabello mushroom, topped with a blanco goat cheese sauce and sundried tomatoes.  Served with black beans and cilantro lime rice.

New cheese enchiladas topped with a traditional red chile sauce and new steak enchiladas featured with a red chile sauce with hints of chipotle and chocolate were also added to the menu.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ironcactusfan or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iron_cactus. More information about Iron Cactus can be found at https://ironcactus.com.

Iron Cactus Celebrates Sweet Sixteen with 16-cent House Margaritas on September 16th

AUSTIN, TX, September 5, 2012 — Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar is celebrating sixteen years of serving delicious Mexican dishes and award-winning margaritas by dropping the price of its famous house margaritas to 16 cents on September 16th, Mexico’s Independence Day. The 16-cent price for Iron Cactus’ house margaritas is limited to two per guest and will be available at all of its five locations in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

Iron Cactus opened its first location at the corner of 6th Street and Trinity Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations by opening two additional locations in the Austin area (near the Arboretum and at the Hill Country Galleria), one in downtown Dallas and one at the famous Riverwalk in San Antonio. Iron Cactus margaritas have been recognized by noteworthy publications as one of the best in the nation.

“The entire Iron Cactus organization is grateful to all our guests who have supported us through the years,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “This special price for our house margaritas is our way of saying thanks for their continued loyalty.”

Iron Cactus has also played an important role in revitalizing the East 6th Street neighborhood of downtown Austin since opening its original location. Additionally, Iron Cactus provides much-needed support to charitable organizations including Marbridge, Soldiers’ Angels, the American Widow Project, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Any Baby Can, among others. It hosts an annual charity golf tournament that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various nonprofit organizations.

“We will continue to celebrate our sweet sixteen this year with other events that our guest will love,” added Manley.