Bouldin Creek Cafe was not on my list of places to go in Austin, but after speaking to a bunch of people who recommended it, we decided to go for lunch. I mean everyone we talked to raved about it so how could we not go?!
Bouldin Creek is located in a cute neighborhood in the midst of many little shops. When we arrived it was about 1 p.m. on a Saturday and it was packed. There was only a 15-minute wait for brunch though -- not too bad.
When we finally sat down, we realized how extensive their menu was. They offer many varieties of breakfast plates, salads, and sandwiches. They pride themselves on serving fresh vegetarian food made from scratch and are known for their tofu. Their tofu is actually locally made by White Mountain Foods. I, specifically, wanted to try their tofu.
Once again, Zach and I decided to order the same thing. It is funny that out of all the things on the menu, we went for the same thing -- The Renedict. Zach also ordered a coffee and I ordered a rose lemonade.
The coffeehouse was bustling on this Saturday afternoon. It was eclectically decorated with red ceilings and yellow walls along with various unique lighting structures including a light made from a bicycle wheel. Artwork from a local artist was displayed on the walls.
After a little time, our renedicts were served. As you probably guessed, this is a play on eggs benedict. It was tofu served on grilled ciabatta (open-faced) topped with baby spinach and locally-grown tomatoes. On top was their homemade vegan Hollandaise and it was sooo good. There were also slices of tofu bacon, which were surprisingly similar to regular bacon. The sauce was rich, the tofu had a unique texture and flavor, and the bacon was divine. I loved it all! On the side, I had organic red and black beans -- also very good.
The meal was huge and we were stuffed, but our waitress still convinced us to get a dessert so we took one of their brownies home with us. The brownie had an unusual flavor - it was good, but weird.
All in all, we were really glad we went. The food was delicious and filling, the service was great, and we loved the atmosphere. Definitely recommended for Austin.
Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South First
Austin, TX 78704