David Ansel’s Austin Address Book

12th May 2015

Interview: Adam Park
Photographs: James Scheuren


Austin’s legendary Soup Peddler on a vegetarian restaurant where the creative set meet, a Tex-Mex grand hall and his favourite grocery stores


Bouldin Creek Café

1900 South First, Austin, TX 78704; +1 512 416 1601,
“This is a place that’s very close to my heart. It’s a very eclectic vegetarian restaurant and a nexus of south Austin’s striving creators. It’s where I used to go to connect to my local neighbourhood and is a very special place for me.” – David

Borego De Oro

3900 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704; +1 512-383-0031

Taqueria Arandas

2448 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704; +1-512-707-0887,

Taqueria Orandinas

700 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745; +1 512-693-020,
“These are three very good little Mexican places in Austin. I really like cheap Mexican food because I can’t pull it off at home and it tastes so good.”

Matt’s el Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704; +1 512-462-9333,
“Each city in Texas has it’s own Tex-Mex ‘grand hall’ with a big Mexican party room. This place is amazing; it’s just such a machine. There’s probably about 100 employees pumping out massive volumes of great food.”

Bombay Grill

West Woods Shopping Center, 3201 Bee Caves Rd #148, Austin, TX 78746; +1 512-329-0234,
“I go to quite a few Indian places in Austin; this is definitely one of the better ones.”

David at Bouldin Creek Cafe

David at Bouldin Creek Cafe


“We’re a regular grocery store family. I’m not really an organic person, but I am a ‘fresh’ person. Organic in Texas generally means it came from California – it’s been on a truck for quite a while. The supply chain here isn’t quite good enough to make organic work. Greens-wise, we pretty much just eat our own from the garden.” – David


2400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX (and locations around Austin);
A popular Texan supermarket chain with more than 350 outlets around the state.

Central Market

4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745 and 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756;
An upmarket grocery store chain owned by H-E-B with nine outlets around Texas, two of which are in Austin.

Posted 12th May 2015

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