Pumping Iron

This past Saturday, my husband spent some time taking a class at Iron Cactus.  He ordered the chicken enchiladas, but noticed that the brunch buffet looked pretty amazing.  We both woke up earlyish on Sunday and I was having a major hankering for some brunch.  So, we headed out to Iron Cactus.  It was crowded, since everyone wants to each brunch on Sunday, but not unbearable.  We waited maybe 10 minutes to get a seat.  We waited another 10 minutes or so for our drink order.  Now, Iron Cactus is known for 2 things-the brunch buffet and their tequila selection.  However, in our rush out the door, my husband left his wallet at home, so he didn't order any adult beverages and I went along with it.  Although, looking back, the mimosas looked amazing.  The brunch buffet was huge and quite diverse.  There were traditional brunch favorites, such as muffins, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, and an omelet station.  There were also Mexican favorites, such as Migas, tortilla soup, chips and salsa, rice and beans, and a fajita bar.  There were even some uncommon brunch items, such as salad, cheese grits, and bread pudding.  My first plate included: salad, chips and salsa, biscuit and gravy, bacon,potatoes, cheese grits, and a pork tamale.  The best part of that plate was the cheese grits and the biscuit and gravy.  The cheese grits were amazing and made me think of many a holiday with my extended family.  They weren't garlicky, but had a little bit of a kick to them.  The biscuit and gravy was almost like a queso gravy with a little bit of spice to it-amazing.  I went back for one more plate even though I knew I'd be stuffed.  My second plate included rice, steak and chicken fajitas, and a piece of French toast.  The French toast was great-I could taste the hints of cinnamon and vanilla.  It was so good, I didn't have to put anything on it.  The fajitas were also amazing with homemade tortillas.  Overall, I would say this is one of the best brunch buffets I've ever tasted and I will to add it to my list of Austin favorites