With stories coming out practically every week about a new condo development breaking ground, it can be easy to get nostalgic about "old-time" Austin, no matter how long you have lived here. When you feel like stepping back in time, all it takes is a drive to Nau's Enfield Drug, located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood.
A fixture in the neighborhood, Nau's opened its doors in 1951 and has served as a gathering spot for residents ever since. It is a drugstore, but it's perhaps best known for its soda fountain with a handful of booths, a counter and a few tables. In addition to homemade cherry Cokes, vanilla Dr. Peppers and banana splits, you can order burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and, if you come early enough (or all day Sundays), breakfast tacos. If you are ordering food, keep in mind that the grill is tiny, so don't expect lightning-fast food. Oh, and no fries - just chips. If you want to make sure to find a seat, head over early or at off-times.
While you wait for your food, you can browse from the store's extensive candy selection, including lots of throwback favorites. Novelty toys also provide entertainment and giggles. You might also want to snap a photo on your way out of the Daniel Johnston mural outside.
Nau's Enfield Drug
1115 West Lynn St.
Austin, TX 78703
Contact Info Phone: (512) 476-3663
Store & Pharmacy
Soda Fountain & Grill
About the author: A recovering workaholic, Nicole Basham now spends her time rediscovering Austin through her 9-year-old son's eyes. A soccer-playing mom, Nicole also enjoys tickling too close to bedtime, taking in some live music and being silly. You can also find her writing at LiveMom.com and FreeFuninAustin.com.