502 Bad Gateway
M-F 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pmPhone: 512.476.1221
M-F 7:30 am – 4:15 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 4:15 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 3:30 pmPhone: 512.476.3663
Sure, Austin has a crazy-powerful laser (that’s the Texas Petawatt Laser at the University of Texas — it has the output of more than 2,000 times all the power plants in the United States combined), but did you know we also have a time machine? One step through the doors of Nau’s Enfield Drug, 1115 West Lynn St. in the Clarksville neighborhood, will take you back to the days of old Austin. Navigate your way through the displays full of gag gifts, specialty candy and convenience-store staples to the soda fountain, where you can sit at the counter, a table or a booth while enjoying diner fare including burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads (on a plate or in a bowl) and old-timey beverages such as phosphates, lemonade, shakes and malts as well as your standard soft drinks, coffee and tea. Authentic diner breakfasts are served ’til 11 a.m. daily and all day on Sundays. Seriously — if you were knocked out, tossed into a van, driven to Nau’s and came to at the lunch counter, you’d think you woken up in the ‘50s — and the pharmacist could probably recommend something for the knot on your head. Be sure to bring cash for a tip. Find them online at www.nausdrug.com.
— Dale Roe
Austin American Statesman
When do you serve breakfast?
Until 11 AM on weekdays and Saturdays. Breakfast is served all day on Sundays.
Can I get fries with my burger?
Nope. Unfortunately, we don’t have a deep fryer, but we do have potato chips.
Can I pay with a credit card?
We accept all major credit cards, but tips are cash only
Nau’s Enfield Drug on West Lynn is Austin’s last remaining drugstore with a bona fide soda fountain. And not just a soda fountain, but a great soda fountain. In addition to the pleasures of an independent neighborhood pharmacy for prescriptions and bandages and greeting cards, fortunate area residents have a comfortable spot (at the curvy counter, ancient wooden booths, or metal ice-cream tables) to sit down for a quick bite, linger over a cherry Coke, or chat with the steady stream of neighbors passing through. On my last visit in the middle of a rainy afternoon, my counter companions were a couple of unaccompanied 10-year-olds slurping down milkshakes and reading comic books and a solitary white-haired gentleman enjoying a cheeseburger and coffee with his Wall Street Journal. It’s that kind of neighborhood place. (Did I mention that Nau’s has an impressive magazine rack and newsstand?)
My total lunch favorite is a perfect grilled cheese sandwich with sliced dill pickles ($2.75) and a fresh-squeezed limeade ($1.95 or $2.50). You can choose a fried-egg or a pimento-cheese sandwich for the same low price. Many people are partial to the various club sandwiches ($4-5) and the levels of burgers – double cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburgers ($4-6) – served on a classic, soft grilled bun with mayo, shredded lettuce, and tomato. Nau’s breakfasts are also classic: eggs any way, omelets, huevos rancheros ($3.95), and breakfast tacos ($1.50-2.25). The cheerful uniformed counter ladies who both cook and serve are efficient, unruffled, and just about permanent fixtures; they could do it blindfolded.
OK, the soda part of the soda fountain: They’ve got your milkshakes, malts, Coke floats, and ice creams. The big splurge is the banana split at $5.75. Is there any wonder that several generations of Austinites visit Nau’s knowing that it is just like it always was? And what better comfort while waiting for the pharmacist to fill your prescription?