Retail Roundup: Brentwood Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

People who purchase a home in Brentwood enjoy a convenient variety of local stores, shops and restaurants. For starters, the Crestview Shopping Center — a popular gathering spot for North Central Austin residents — can be found at Woodrow Avenue, near Brentwood’s lower east side.

The Crestview Shopping Center is home to the “Wall of Welcome,” an enormous community mosaic that was five years in the making. Beautifully crafted by artist Jean Graham, the Wall of Welcome is a colorfully detailed homage to the city, its residents and its artistic culture. The fact that the mosaic resides within Brentwood is a source of pride for local residents. Near the Wall of Welcome are a number of restaurants, the Crestview Minimax grocery store and the very quaint Crestview Pharmacy, which also happens to be one of the oldest family-run pharmacies in town.

Mouthwatering Burgers and Austin’s Best Cakes, Cookies and Freshly Made Pastries

Burnet Road is a 4-minute drive west of the Crestview Shopping Center, where residents can grab a mouthwatering burger from Top Notch, a classic restaurant that also serves up film screenings in the parking lot during the summer. Or, for a pick-me-up, locals often head north to West Anderson Lane and savor an iced coffee from Genuine Joe’s Coffeehouse, or south to West Koenig Lane to the Thunderbird Coffeehouse, which also serves local craft beers.

For an even more authentic Austin experience, the original Threadgill’s is only a 4-minute cruise down Lamar. Central to the Austin music scene in the 1960s and 1970s, Threadgill’s offers up homestyle cooking with a sense of history as a small, intimate venue where Janis Joplin performed regularly before hitting the big time as a legendary rock-and-roll icon. In search of something sweet? Residents need only to swing up Burnet and stop in at Upper Crust Bakery for arguably the best cakes, cookies and freshly made pastries in Austin.