reasons I love my neighborhood, Brentwood/Crestview

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 in entertainment, Food, general austin, services, shopping | No Comments

Because I love lists.  Brentwood / Crestview ROCKS.

  • Love the cute mid-century homes here.  I’m amazed we found one with a 2-car garage on a cul-de-sac (SCORE!) which is not that typical, but you just have to look harder.
  • Love the 50’s era shopping center at the end of Arroyo Seco at Woodrow, with an old school grocery store called the Minimax. My husband was looking for rock salt to make ice cream.  No one else had it but them. They may not have organic monkey picked whoop-di-do sugar like Central Market, but they’ve got rock salt, damnit.
  • Also in that shopping center is Little Deli. I don’t really like sandwiches, but I love the ones from here.  And their pizza is amazing.
  • Plenty of dive bars to visit.  On our last date, my husband and I tried to go to La La’s, which keeps its christmas decorations up year round.  They were closed for a christmas break.  Oh the irony!  So we went to the Poodle Dog Lounge instead.  Both of these places have a disdain for a certain city ordinance that passed a few years ago.  I’m not going to rat them out, but we had to take a shower immediately upon return home, and wash our clothes & jackets.  Every once in a while it’s acceptable to risk lung cancer, even second-hand, and we had fun playing pool and drinking canned Shiner while getting stinky.
  • Burnet Road shopping.  Tons of little specialty vendors, including vintage and consignment furniture stores.  Fun places to eat too, like Phil’s / Amy’s, Hey Cupcake!, and Top Notch burgers. 
  • Speaking of burgers, I am addicted to Hat Creek Burgers now. Much like I never liked sandwiches, I never ate hamburgers before this place opened up down the street (it’s a bread thing, I don’t eat pasta either). It’s kind of like In’n’out, P.Terry’s, Five Guys, or Mighty Fine, with fresh ingredients and a limited menu.
  • Close to Playland Skate, where I can get to derby practice in 10 minutes, even in the toughest rush hour traffic.
  • Close to Downtown, where I can get to in 15 – 20 minutes during rush hour.
  • Close to ethnic eateries on North Lamar.  When I go out to eat, I want hole-in-the-wall asian places, and there’s plenty for me to chose from.