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Driving through Austin: 13 places to check out along East MLK

Katey Psencik
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Ever found yourself in an area of Austin you’re unfamiliar with, thinking, “There’s gotta be something fun to do around here...” ? 

Well, if that area is East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (we’re talking east of Interstate 35, until MLK hits Ed Bluestein), you’re in luck. Here are 13 things to do, starting closest to I-35 and working east, along that expanse of road in East Austin.

UFCU Disch-Falk Field -- 1300 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Home to the Texas Longhorns since 1975, the baseball field is a must-visit if you’re in town during the spring and early summer (if you’re more of a softball fan, Red and Charline McCombs Field is just northeast of the stadium, on the corner of Comal and 20th streets). 

Oakwood Cemetery -- 1601 Navasota St

The oldest city-owned cemetery in Austin is worth a visit for history buffs and the morbidly curious. It spans over 40 acres and includes sections devoted to minority populations. Notable figures buried there include Susanna Dickinson, one of the few survivors of the Alamo; Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, the first woman elected to statewide office in Texas; the unfortunately named Ima Hogg, daughter of former Texas Gov. Jim Hogg; and a host of former Texas politicians, philanthropists and more.

Sour Duck Market -- 1241, 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

The newest addition to East MLK, the cafe, bakery and bar is a product of the team behind one of Austin’s best restaurants, Odd Duck. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, it offers baked goods, burgers, salads, draft cocktails and more.

Juiceland -- 1900A E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

You can’t go wrong with a juice or a smoothie from this hometown joint. It’s perfect for a healthy pick-me-up, a juice cleanse, or grab-and-go meals, snacks and juices, as well as a plethora of fresh smoothie and juice options.

Austin Daily Press -- 1900 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B

This walk-up restaurant offers a variety of creative sandwiches with a Tex-Mex twist, as well as baked goods, snacks and salads. 

The Wheel -- 1902 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd B

Love bikes? Love beer? We’ve found your bar. The Wheel offers various local and craft beers, cocktails, a beer tower and a chill environment.

“You’re my butter half” mural -- 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you’ll want to pose with your honey, your family and your friends in front of the adorable mural on the United Way for Greater Austin building.

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Pilates Bungalow -- 2104 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Looking for a workout? This east side bungalow offers yoga, barre and Pilates options, as well as massages and a sauna.

Flatbed Press & Gallery -- 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

The warehouse is home to two divisions: a publishing workshop and a private art gallery specializing in original prints. The gallery is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday and features a variety of exhibitions.

Austin Book Arts Center -- 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #114

In the same warehouse as Flatbed, the center offers a variety of workshops relating to book production and open studio times for those with workshop experience. Learn the skills of bookbinding, letterpress, book repair and more. The workshops are open to all levels.  

Houndstooth Coffee -- 2823 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #101

The newest Austin location for the local coffee joint is the first to serve cocktails. The shop also offers its signature baked goods, coffee, wine, beer and tea, of course, in a trendy space.

Morris Williams Golf Course -- 3851 Manor Road

The address may be on Manor Road, but the course spans more than a few city blocks, so we’ll include it here. The city-owned golf course opened in 1964, was renovated in 2012 and is named after Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Morris Williams Jr., one of Austin’s most famed golfers, who died while serving in the Korean War. The course was once home for the University of Texas golf team. You can reserve a tee time in person or by phone at (512) 974-8333.

Willie’s Bar-B-Que -- 4505 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

This “no-frills” barbecue joint offers smoked meats, boudin sausages and other specialties. 

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