Retail Roundup: Deer Creek Ranch Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Just minutes from Deer Creek Ranch, the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center hosts a variety of retail establishments to meet every shopping need.

One of Austin’s best health food stores, 1890 Ranch’s Natural Grocers carries an extensive variety of organic options, and with its weekly nutrition seminars, it’s the go-to place for locals interested in jumpstarting and maintaining healthy lifestyles. For basic staples there’s HEB, Austin’s largest customer-owned grocery store, which has a location just 5 minutes west of the shopping center on East Whitestone Boulevard.

Featuring over 150 retailers, The Lakeline Mall is a brief 9-minute drive from Deer Creek Ranch. Able to satisfy even the most discerning fashionista, the mall offers classic department stores Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears, as well as American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Express, Foot Locker, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Gap, Image, Lakeline Day Spa, Lane Bryant, The Limited, Office Max, Old Navy, Petsmart, Ross, and many, many more.

Teens are attracted to the mall’s extensive food court, movie theater and other retail shops like Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Families appreciate the wide range of stores catering to children’s needs such as the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Rooms To Go Kids, and Inflatable Wonderland, a bounce house park.

There are also plenty of restaurants at Lakeline Mall, including Applebee’s, Chili’s, Frullati Café, Little Tokyo, Los Canarios Fine Mexican Cuisine, Phil’s Philly Grill and Simon’s Sushi, among others.

Exotics Cuisines and Learning to Cook Directly from the Masters

Deer Creek Ranch is also in the thick of some of Austin’s best dining. From Americana to ethnic cuisine, the neighborhood has something for every occasion. For sushi there’s Umiya. Styled after traditional Japanese baseball bars, this restaurant is a cool place to meet friends for casual dining and boasts an extensive sake list.  For Tex-Mex dishes with a twist, locals enjoy the flavorful fare served at Vivo. A favorite amongst residents is the puffy taco: a corn tortilla fried to puffy, golden perfection and then filled with fresh sautéed vegetables, whole grain rice, refried beans and a choice of meat.

For special occasions and a unique fine dining experience, locals drive 18 minutes south to Hudson’s On The Bend, a farm-to-fork restaurant on the waters of beautiful Lake Travis. Run by world-renowned chefs Jeff Blank and Kelly Casey, Hudson’s On The Bend offers bold and fearless takes on American classics — such as a pecan smoked duck breast with wild boar sweet potato hash — using locally grown and raised ingredients. Residents looking to produce some of these stellar dishes at home can enroll in a cooking workshop held every week in the restaurant’s kitchen to learn directly from the masters.