The other night, after we finished our book slingin’ shifts at BookPeople, we headed to Bouldin Creek Cafe on South 1st for supper. We sat at the bar and watched the bartenders/baristas/magicians whip out drink orders while folks worked on laptops at tall tables behind us. There’s a comfortable buzz to Bouldin I always enjoy, a mix of people working, drinking coffee, drinking beer, relaxing for long meals, sitting at outside tables with their dogs. I don’t think I can recall a single visit to Bouldin when there wasn’t a pup under a table out front. Or a single visit when I didn’t order a Purple Lady. (Champagne with a shot of lavender syrup. Violet perfection.)
While we waited for our food, Carolyn and her boyfriend Chris reminisced about Bouldin’s previous incarnation at 1501 S. 1st. It seems anyone who visited the old Bouldin has stories to tell of the characters who would frequent its tables, including former local celebrity and one time candidate for Mayor of Austin, Leslie (may his incomparable soul rest in fabulous peace). Carolyn and Chris have memories of Leslie busing tables and shooting leftover salsa, Austinites drinking beer and (ahem) relaxing with a greenery that wasn’t kale at nine o’clock in the morning. At that time, Bouldin Creek Cafe was one of a handful of places to get a good vegan meal in Austin.
While there are certainly more options now, Bouldin remains at the top of the list when it comes to the best vegan dining in our fair city. Here are the dishes we dug into the other night:
I couldn’t resist my favorite dish on Bouldin’s menu, the Tarzan Salad. It’s entirely possible that I could live the rest of my life on nutritional yeast, which coats the broccoli and portobello in this dish. They give you a good half of an avocado on this plate, too. This is one serious salad.
Chris went for the enchiladas filled with chorizo and topped with a chipotle sauce, pumpkin seeds and vegan cheeze.
After chips & guacamole and a hefeweizen, Carolyn opted for the light (but filling) Tofu Broccoli Salad with ginger/miso dressing.
Thanks for the good eats, Bouldin! And we have to give a special shout out to Eric, the man behind the bar who took care of us that night. His vegan lifestyle is what prompted him to work at Bouldin. Thanks for chatting with us and serving up our supper, Eric!
Anyone else out there love Bouldin as much as we do? Have fond memories of Leslie or any other colorful characters from the previous location?