Pilot Knob – Austin, TX

Southeast Austin is known for its affordable real estate, large open park system and the Roy Kizer Golf Course. Defining characteristics include a variety of ethnic grocery stores, a centuries-old cypress tree and the long stretch of Onion Creek that flows through the community. The neighborhood is conveniently located less than 10 miles south of downtown Austin, and even closer to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Texan BBQ, Asian/Indian cuisine and Tex-Mex reign supreme in outer southeast Austin. Most restaurants and bars are located along Interstate 35 and Highway 71 with a few on US Route 183 near the airport. Bars stay open until 2 a.m. or later and feature live bands, hot wings and professional sports games. Locals know one of the best places to celebrate a meal is at Jalisco's Restaurant & Bar. Open every night until 10 p.m. with a happy hour from 3 to 7; Jalisco's serves appetizing margaritas, martinis and serves cold beer from the tap. Have fajitas the right way, order the Parrillada Azteca, or satisfy the deepest hunger with Jalisco's special carne asada. Vic's Bar-B-Que slow cooks down home, country style Bar-B-Que. Diners can't go wrong with Vic's brisket and sweet tea. Consistent favorites also include sausage and baby back rib plates. Visit the open atmosphere restaurant Wednesday through Saturday on Burleson Road just north of Highway 71. Have what you like at the Red Shed Tavern. Voted best of Austin, 2013. The Red Shed serves a host of local craft beers for $5 per pint or $4 per pint during happy hour. Have a cocktail or a glass of wine and share the night with friends under the stars of the outdoor patio or the comfortable indoor lounge. Open daily 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

History & Culture

Southeast Austin, sometimes referred to as Dove Springs, was largely undeveloped until 1915. Since then, the 50-square-mile area has been a popular destination. Communities have sprung up east of Interstate 35 in the 20th century. Most of Austin's museums are located in the downtown district, but Southeast Austin is home to the historic Burdett cemetery. The plat of land, located in the Montopolis neighborhood, is the resting place of former slaves from the antebellum south. The Austin Art Garage can be found in South Austin on Lamar Boulevard. The art gallery provides artists a room to display their work and the public an opportunity to purchase unique works at affordable prices. The Art Garage is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. most days, free to enter, and kid friendly.


Locals can easily access Interstate 35 for travel into downtown Austin, Highway 71 for travel to and from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and US Route 183 to access the airport and East Austin. Southeast Loop 45 facilitates travel to farther-away communities such as Buda, Creedmoor and the Austin360 Amphitheater. Austin, in general, is a very bike-friendly city. Most streets in the area don't have bike lanes, but bicycles are allowed on city streets. Pedestrians will find sidewalks beside most roads. Capital Metro buses have bike carrying racks on the front end, and free bike parking is available at most bus stops. Taxis are widely available in Southeast Austin; however, leaving the area may require a call for pickup. Uber and Uber Luxury are available in Southeast Austin. Most residential streets provide free parking, and shopping centers have their own parking lots.


One of the draws of Southeast Austin is the low cost of living, which is a full 12 percent lower than Austin. Capital Metro bus tickets cost as little as $1 for single rides or $2 for a day pass. The average tenant of a one-bedroom apartment pays $862 for rent. Locals expect to pay $4 for a draft beer but can find a pint of beer for $2 during happy hour. Gasoline prices are a full 10 percent less than the national average.


Burleson Road and Highway 71, William Cannon Drive and Interstate 35 and central Franklin Park are all home to major shopping centers. Stassney Heights shopping central on Stassney Lane and Interstate 35 also hosts numerous retail outlet stores. Four Hands Home carries exclusive interior design pieces that promise to accentuate the best in any home. This very unique high-end specialty store can only be found on Woodward Street, two blocks south of Highway 71. This shop's rare merchandise guarantees to inspire the most discerning customers. Carve Skate Shop serves a niche clientele that demands the very best in skateboards, longboards and accessories. This high-end specialty store builds complete decks or ships parts anywhere in the Continental United States. Shop its selection online or on location at Montopolis Drive. Greenling directly delivers local, organic groceries from green producers to the doorsteps of Austin residents. Customers shop via an online portal, which sells meal kits, seasonal local boxes and individual items. Several traditional grocery stores exist in Southeast Austin. A Fiesta Mart, La Hacienda Market and an H-E-B are located along Interstate 35. A small local favorite, The Market on S. Lamar provides a wide selection of specialty foods from around the world. The Hope Farmers Market visits East 5th and Comal every Sunday with fresh produce, live music, art and books.


A central park complex exists southeast of Franklin Park. Onion Creek serves as the focal point of McKinney Falls State Park, Dove Springs District Park, Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, the Onion Creek Soccer Complex and the Roy Kizer Golf Course. McKinney Falls State Park draws visitors for its views of the upper and lower McKinney Falls and "Old Baldy," the 500 year old cypress tree. There's a $6 entrance fee for adults, no charge for children, and leashed dogs are welcome. Free to use Onion Creek Metropolitan Park draws residents of all ages for its spacious green lots. Visitors can use the 555-acre park to exercise pets or for a sunny picnic when the weather allows. The Onion Creek Soccer Complex is an excellent place to burn energy and organize competitive games. For indoor activities and professionally led programs visit the YMCA-East facility on Ed Bluestein Boulevard. Every November, the Fun Fun Fun Fest in South Austin brings underground and progressive musicians together with comedians, local food vendors and draft beer. The festival has become one of Auditorium Shores most popular annual events. Additionally, the Young Men's Business League of Austin and the Texas Craft Brewers Guild presents the Texas Craft Brewers Festival each September at the Fiesta Gardens. More than 55 craft brewers exhibit their finest brews, local restaurants serve appetizing bites and live bands fill the grounds with head-rocking harmonies.
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