Iron Cactus. 606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701
Visited 2/28/17 @ 10pm.
Specialty margarita. Herradura tequila, agave, cointreau, lime juice. $12.25.
Fantastic margarita. For several years, my mental model of a margarita was the somewhat mysteriously-named Mexican martini from Trudy's, which is essentially an iceless margarita with olives served in an annoying glass. As I gradually matured out of the larval drinking stage, I grew to appreciate different types of tequila, the subtleties of cointreau, and the wisdom of having ice in your drink, and so now I dig "real" margaritas as well. This is a classic example of the genre. I'm still on the fence about salt on the rim, less for taste reasons than the fact that it gets everywhere; for all the people who are confused about how to handle salt, just drink from the rim! This margarita certainly didn't need its encrustation of salt to taste great, but sometimes you just want that extra seasoning.
Vince, Travis, Rome, Aaron, Sonali, Davis.
I've already remarked on how Z'Tejas and the Iron Cactus chain are owned by the same holding company, and their different approaches for "customer segment penetration", as a marketing strategist might put it, are visible in the interior. Z'Tejas, on a quiet residential stretch of Sixth, is friendly and kitschy like a Chuy's, while Iron Cactus, technically on Trinity though directly accessible from Sixth, is upscale like Fonda San Miguel, though with fewer flowers and less art. If I were ordering food, I would definitely sit out on the upstairs patio. Maybe that should be a law of dining: always sit on the rooftop patio (unless it's raining, obviously). As it was, we just hung out near the bar and watched Vanderbilt @ Kentucky. This was the fifth and final stop of the night, and I was happy to end it on such a great drink.