On My Plate | Iron Grill

words and photos by Tyron Hoisten


So I found a new restaurant, and I’m crazy about it. It’s called The Iron Grill. The name suggests that it might be the kind of place where tattooed, leather-wearing bikers gather, but it’s actually a comfortable spot with a touch of class, making it the perfect destination for a date or a business meeting or just a good time with friends.

The main entrance of the restaurant takes you into the bar area. There are high-top tables and flat screens. The bar is illuminated by blue lights, which looks so cool. Adjacent to the bar is the expansive dining area. The wall art and chandeliers are impressive enough, but the main focal point of the room is the grand piano.

But enough about the atmosphere, let’s talk about the food.

Their menu is the kind of literary masterpiece that just leaves you oohing and aahing at every line. Their offerings change on a regular basis, depending on what’s in season. Currently they have things like crispy calamari with Italian sausage and bruschetta, with a host of things in between.

I ordered Bavarian pretzels with house-made beer cheese and a gyro.

The Bavarian pretzels were a real show stopper. They had much more personality than one might expect from a pretzel. They were soft enough, salty enough and sweet enough to be heavenly. The thick and savory beer cheese adorned the pretzels nicely. Each bite was a sensation.

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly eat anything better, I bit into the gyro and my eyes rolled back into my head. It was comprised of grilled beef, sliced onion, tomato, lettuce and tzatziki sauce, served open-faced on grilled pita. It was full of flavor and beef. It was so tender that it nearly melted in my mouth.

Listen: I love this place. Seriously. The food, the atmosphere and the service is top notch.

Iron Grill serves up fresh, locally sourced, comfort food at comfortable prices. Do yourself a favor and visit them soon. You’ll be glad you did.


Iron Grill is located at 2215 E Waterloo Rd. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 11am – 10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12am and Sundays 11am – 9pm.


Tyron Hoisten is a writer, a speaker, a minister—in short, he is many things, but most notably, he’s bald.