(UPDATED 9/29/2021) Description and review of brunch at Iron Grill, located on the corner of 13th Street and Broadway in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento. NEW: Iron Grill has permanently closed – another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. See “Update” below.
Friends and I recently had brunch at the Iron Grill. I have driven past Iron Grill numerous times over the years, but this was my first visit to the restaurant.
One of my friends had made reservations for 10:30 a.m. – and I was very glad she did as it was Father’s Day and the restaurant was very busy. Our plan was to have a bite to eat and then make our way to the Nasty Women Sacramento art exhibit at the Verge Center for the Arts.
See related post: Nasty Women Sacramento Art Exhibit .
Finding parking was a challenge – but I managed to find a spot in the shade.
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I was the first to arrive and was immediately seated. Iron Grill has two patios – one facing Broadway and one on 13th Street across from the Asian Food Center. I love to sit outdoors when dining, but it was already hot outside so I was glad to be seated indoors. As it turns out the heat topped out at 106 degrees that afternoon – a Sacramento record for the month/day.
The interior of Iron Grill is larger than I had imagined, with a good sized bar and a dining room that includes large booths as well as tables and chairs.
Both friends opted to order lunch, while I decided to go the breakfast route after seeing biscuits and gravy on the menu. I ordered the Basic Breakfast ($9.25) which comes with two eggs, choice of potatoes, hash browns or fruit and toast or a biscuit and gravy for $2 more. Since I was having a biscuit and gravy I decided to order the fruit instead of potatoes.
My friends both ordered the Steak Salad ($15) (Tri-Tip, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, organic mixed greens, onion crisps, pears, candied walnuts and raspberry-blueberry vinaigrette). One friend asked that her Steak Salad be limited to the mixed greens and steak, with a splash of balsamic vinegar instead of the vinaigrette.
Maybe it was because I was hungry, but it did seem to take a long time before our meal was served. Other than that the service was good and our drinks (iced tea, soda, and water) were refilled several times.
My friend who had the Steak Salad mentioned that he was enjoying his steak. I was disappointed with the biscuit and gravy. The gravy itself (made in-house with sausage and cream) was very tasty – but the biscuit was very dense and it was difficult to cut it with a fork. That said, I was hungry and ate every last bite.
Iron Grill has quite a large menu, and I certainly want to return to sample some of their other offerings.
(8/29/2021) Iron Grill closed “temporarily” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has apparently become another casualty of the pandemic. As I drove past the restaurant recently I noted a large “for lease” sign on the front of the building. Yet another restaurant to add to the Sacramento Walk Down Memory Lane.
See related blog post: Annual Sacramento Restaurant Reviews Recap (2017)
Have you been to Iron Grill? What has been your experience? What are your favorite dishes?
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