WHITE HOT

THE BEST OF THE BLANCO STREET BLOCKS, FROM OYS­TERS TO GRAF­FITI.

Austin Way - - CONTENTS - BY HANNAH MOR­ROW

The best of the Blanco Street blocks, from oys­ters to graf­fiti.

When park­ing is a fruit­less gam­ble and traf­fic jams oc­cur like clockwork, the key to a stress-free Austin day is stick­ing to one neigh­bor­hood.

Take Clarksville, the neigh­bor­hood south of En­field Drive that fills the gap between La­mar to MoPac. His­toric, walk­a­ble, and quaintly up­scale, Clarksville has enough eats and treats to oc­cupy your time. Blanco Street is Clarksville’s Fifth Av­enue, a fo­cal point of the area and home to neigh­bor­hood high­lights. Where

the ac­tion is: a sharp right off West Sixth Street. What you’re wear­ing:

The Week­ender line of ath­leisure cult

phenomenon Out­door Voices (606 Blanco St., 512-256-9136; out­door voices.com). What you’re

toss­ing back: a shuck­load of oys­ters and a Blanco Mule from Clark’s Oys­ter Bar (1200 W.

Sixth St., 512-297-2525; clark­soys­ter­bar.com). What you’re pe­rus­ing:

Rus­sell Col­lec­tion Fine Art Gallery (1137 W. Sixth St., 512-478-4440; rus­sell­col­lec­tion.com) and its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing orig­i­nal works from Rem­brandt, Pi­casso, and Matisse. When you

just can’t choose: Ask for one of ev­ery­thing at CaféJosie (1200 W. Sixth St., Ste. B, 512-322-9226; cafe­josie.com) dur­ing

“The Ex­pe­ri­ence,” the un­lim­ited chef’s tast­ing menu. What you’re In­sta­gram-ing:

an aban­doned con­struc­tion site-turned-large-scale art project, the Hope Out­door Gallery

(11th and Bay­lor streets, hopecam­paign.org) is a graf­fiti mas­ter­piece and an Austin sa­cred site. .

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