America's Best Secret Neighborhoods
East End, Austin, TX
Then: A low-income barrio, with booming drug, prostitution, and blues-music scenes.
Now: After East Enders complained about crime in 2004, the city invested a little money—and a lot of police—to recover the area. Thanks to some visionary entrepreneurs, locals and visitors alike now flock to cool places like El Chile for ceviche, nachos, and the best margaritas in town, and the cowboy-cool-meets-cyber-chic Club De Ville.
Don’t Miss: The down-and-out blues, strong drinks, and free buffet (with killer sloppy joes) at TC’s Lounge, an authentic old-school gem.