Retail Roundup: Oak Hill Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Oak Hill residents enjoy the culture, dining and entertainment at the heart of the city, all within just a few minutes of home. Austin has earned its reputation for some of the state’s best restaurants. Many have garnered national acclaim, and with so many happy hours and Austin’s legendary live music scene just minutes away, residents are never far from big city fun.

Shoppers love to browse and find bargains in nearby South Congress (or “SoCo” as referred to by locals). The historical district features Austin’s finest in street shopping, with many restaurants, vintage boutiques and folk and fine art galleries. SoCo is known for its locally owned and operated businesses and is dedicated to promoting Austin’s celebrated eclectic spirit.

A Hot Spot for Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Because the Oak Hill area is so large, there are many shopping and dining destinations adjacent to, or even within, the community itself. One of the most popular is The Shops at Arbor Trails on William Cannon Drive. Winner of the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Real Estate” award in 2009 and 2011, The Shops at Arbor Trails is a popular hot spot for shopping, dining and entertainment. Whole Foods Market, Costco, Staples and Jared’s Jewelers are among the many stores and professional services with a presence here — and there are also water features and attractive hike and bike trails built into the park-like area surrounding the shops.

Restaurants located in the Shops of Arbor Trails include some of Austin’s most iconic eateries, such as Torchy’s Tacos, Kerbey Lane Café, and Chuy’s. It is also home to a Mandola’s Italian Market, a family-run Italian restaurant with its own specialty Italian-import grocery store and bakery. Patrons are treated to generous portions of handmade rustic Italian foods that feature bold and authentic flavors. Locals love the pasta selections. The fresh hand-made pasta is cooked to order and served with distinctive sauces and in a variety of styles. The hand-tossed thin crust pizzas are also popular. Patrons can select classic combinations such as margherita or meat lovers’, or they can construct their own pizza using any toppings they choose.

Mandola’s also offers a catering service so private parties and corporate functions can conveniently delight their guests with the local legend’s delicious food. Mandola’s even brings their portable oven on catering jobs so their signature pizzas can be enjoyed anywhere.