Retail Roundup: Old West Austin Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Home to some of Austin’s most popular retailers, Old West Austin is known for its locally owned businesses — many of them on West Lynn.

For essential grocery shopping, Fresh Plus Grocery is a short walk from just about anywhere in Old West Austin. The popular neighborhood grocery also sells a vast variety of imported and domestic wines, as well as an impressive selection of artisanal soups, sandwiches, and side dishes.

Drive four minutes southeast and Old West Austin homeowners arrive at the mecca of the health food movement, Whole Foods’ global headquarters. Newly renovated, the 80,000-square-foot flagship store houses the finest butcher shop in the city stocked with organic, grass-fed beef and free-range poultry. The iconic market hosts live music on the patio while patrons sample expertly crafted meals from a smorgasbord of eateries, including an Italian deli reminiscent of New York’s best, with savory gelato made right next door, and a selection of fresh produce that rivals anyone’s favorite farmer’s market.

A Dazzling Array of Green Thumb Solutions and Pet Lover Resources

Old West Austin homeowners with pets have a convenient, full service resource in the West Lynn Veterinary Clinic. From vaccinations and dental care to general medicine and surgery, this is where local pet lovers turn for pet care. And if vacation plans don’t include your four-legged friends, residents need look no further for a warm, safe and friendly place for their pets to stay than the clinic’s climate-controlled boarding facility.

For those with a green thumb, there’s Sledd Nursery. Open since 1978, Sledd Nursery offers a dazzling array of local flora, high quality plants, and organic solutions to common garden and landscaping problems.

Shifting focus from your home’s exterior to the inside, El Interior is a popular home decor shop. With its colorful, multicultural collection of tapestry and furniture, this eclectic shop is one of many local businesses on a mission to “Keep Austin Weird.”

Pork Belly Benedict, Latte Art and Healthy Choices for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

When people who live in Old West Austin are in the mood for a good hamburger, they’ll often head to Nau’s Enfield Drug. An old-fashioned pharmacy complete with a candy counter, swiveling comic rack and soda fountain, Nau’s legendary grill also fires up Austin’s best burgers.

Both vegetarians and meat eaters alike always get what they want at Galaxy Café, a fun local favorite situated in a renovated 1950s laundromat featuring natural and healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a pick-me-up there’s Caffe Medici, featuring lattes so good, they are commonly described as works of art.

Desperately seeking brunch? Wrap your lips around a locally sourced Pork Belly Benedict at Cipollina, Old West Austin’s Mediterranean-inspired bistro.

Crave classic Italian? Sit under the 300-year-old live oak at Winflo Osteria while enjoying a plate of house-made rigatoni, criminis, and all-natural sausage in tomato cream sauce.

On the go? Get an entire oak-grilled locally grown chicken dinner complete with expertly paired bottled wine and home-spun ice cream … at Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon drive-thru (yes, the drive-thru!) any day of the week until 10 p.m.