I love East Austin and I have ever since moving here in 1996. It has experienced a lot of growth and change since then. The challenge we face is how to manage the growth without harming what makes it so great in the first place. If you love it too, you can support our current businesses so we don’t lose them. I have provided several links on this page to find out more about local businesses.
East Austin is also home to one of Austin’s most impressive redevelopments. Transforming the area surrounding the old Robert Mueller airport, the Mueller development is an award-winning community that is accessible to all income levels. The development includes Dell’s Austin Children’s Hospital, The Thinkery, LEED-registered HEB, single-family homes, townhomes, affordable housing, apartments, retail and plenty of green space with walking trails.
A unique partnership between the city of Austin and the Austin Film Society recycled our former airport into a 20-acre film/video production facility with old airport hangars now acting as sound stages. Just more proof we live in one of the coolest towns in America. For tour information and a list of on-site businesses. austinfilm.org.
Restaurants: EastSide Cafe – serves fresh from the garden food with a garden and gift store on site; Hoovers – some of the best homestyle cooking in Austin; Blue Dahlia Bistro is serving breakfast lunch and dinner on East 11th with organic options; Franklin’s BBQ is renown thanks to a little article by Bon Appetit naming it America’s Best BBQ; Veracruz All Natural is one of the city’s most popular taco trucks; at Mr. Natural Cafe, I can eat vegetarian and be full! El Chilito on Manor is a great place for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner. Try the puffy tacos.
Retail: Texas Coffee Traders – ask for Vanilla Nut (it’s usually in the back) and check out the cool scooters while you’re there; Big Red Sun has scaled down their retail but it is still the source for tasteful Home and Garden gifts, first-class landscape design and a small nursery.
Eastside is also home to the Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex or the Mill as the Texas Roller girls call it. Some weeknights the rink is reserved for the Roller girls Rec League (open to all levels) but there is also bowling, basketball, movies and an arcade.
Not to be missed: East Austin Stories is a series of documentaries from UT film students. The East Side Studio Tour takes place over two weekends in November when hundreds of local artists open up their studios to the public. The caliber of work is breathtaking. Boggy Creek Farmis the farmer’s market to some of Austin’s best chefs and it is a local Austin treasure.
Call me if you need more ideas.