One of Austin’s neighborhoods is the diverse and funky neighborhood of Bouldin Creek. This neighborhood was established in the early 1900’s and still has a few homes from that time period, as well as many homes from the 1920’s and 1930’s when there was much expansion fo the area. Needless to say Bouldin Creek has retained a certain historic quality. The diversity in the Bouldin Creek has led to a lovely mix of cultures, backgrounds, and architectural styles that have blended into a uniquely Austin neighborhood.
Bouldin Creek borders the area of South Congress to the east, the commercial area of South 1st Street to the west. Bouldin Creek has a strong Hispanic influence, which has helped to shape it in many ways. Because of it’s proximity to downtown, Bouldin Creek has some areas that have changed as a result of gentrification, however, it has managed to keep it’s “weirdness” intact. South Austin is indeed strange, it being home to residents like Dave Ansel, a legendary resident who quit his tech job to peddle soup.
What to do in BC?
BC is home to numerous local businesses, in particular many restaurants, coffee shops, chill spots, and shopping. If you are on South 1st Street, there are several Mexican restaurants; both Jovitas and Polvo’s are good choices. The serve homemade interior style Mexican food and awesome Margaritas. Bouldin Creek Café is also another good place to grab a cup of Joe, or have an awesome meal. Their menu is all vegetarian, sorry meat eaters. Kerby Lane Café, located on South Lamar is a persona favorite, where you can get just about anything! Kerby Lane is known for its late night dining…try the flap jacks, or the gluten free menu. Another old restaurant is Green Pastures, located on Live Oak Street in the old home of John Henry Faulk. This lovely Victorian mansion has been converted into a great restaurant, suited for both romantic dinners for lovers and large wedding parties. Green Pastures, like the neighborhood it resides in has always been accepting of everyone, serving all races 20 years before they were legally required to. It would be difficult to speak to highly of Uchi, a famous sushi restaurant on the south end of Lamar. Tyson Cole, sushi master and expert chef, prepares unique Japanese fare, his food is so special it has been featured in Food and Wine and Bon Appetit Magazines. In essence, these are some of the best eating experiences in Austin.
The shoppers will be happy with both South Congress and South 1st Streets. Try Sabia, Boutique for skincare, cosmetics, and gift. Music lovers should head to South Austin Music, carrying a multitude of second hand guitars and other instruments.
It would be a waste of your trip to South Austin if you didn’t visit the Alamo Draft House, one of Austin’s favorite movie theaters. This is one of the four located in Austin, but his is the original. Enjoy the latest flick and order from their full menu of food, beer, and wine. Do this all from your seat!
Why live in Bouldin Creek?
Walkability is tops here. The young hip couples and families will enjoy the historic aspects of the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, as well as enjoy the proximity to the action of the city. Walk to Lady Bird Lake, see a concert at Auditorium Shores, or have an ice cream at Sandy’s. The local business and locals themselves ensure that there is always fun to be had in this diverse place.