Retail Roundup: West Rim Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Just minutes away, Davenport Village is a frequent shopping and dining destination for West Rim residents. With nearly 20 stores and restaurants, and just over five minutes from home, there are fashion finds, gifts and an assortment of cuisines to choose from. Northwest Hills Pharmacy at Davenport is a frequent stop for residents. Showcasing gifts, stationary, accessories, jewelry, bath and body lines, home goods and storewide events, neighbors can enjoy a cup of coffee on the house as they peruse its wares.

For many residents, Barton Creek Square Mall is their shopping destination of choice. Less than 15 minutes away, Barton Creek Square features a wide variety of quality stores in a lush setting. With more than 180 retailers and restaurants, residents enjoy easy access to Austin’s only Nordstrom and too many specialty shops to name. The 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema is also the most convenient theater for movie mavens.

The Village at Westlake, about 10 minutes away, hosts the most convenient grocery store in the area — a deluxe HEB that incorporates some of the gourmet, organic, and fine food elements of an upscale Central Market with a traditional grocery store. Village at Westlake hosts more than 30 other shops, restaurants, and services including Office Depot, Jos. A Banks, a Pilates studio, a sporting goods store, Lupe Tortilla, and local phenom P Terry’s Hamburgers.

Local Foodie Favorites

Opal Divine’s is a bar and grill thatserves good old American and Southwestern cuisine. Opal’s strives to keep it local — offering more than 30 Texas craft beers and using locally sourced ingredients in everything dish. 360 Uno Trattoria & Wine Bar promises classically good food and service, and an Italian dining experience with a youthful twist.

Eleven Plates & Wine serves inventive contemporary cuisine (like a pork belly banh mi, featuring roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon aioli, or scallops with homemade aioli and Spanish chorizo and crispy garbanzo beans, always plated with elegance and panache. Hula Hut, Mozart’s and Ski Shores Café are all popular restaurants situated on the banks of Lake Austin.

Known for its tasty comfort food and great atmosphere, locals love the Ski Shores Café. Starting off with a basket of its Famous Fried Pickles, the Orange Avocado Spinach Salad topped with grilled chicken or shrimp gets a 5-star rating for either lunch or dinner. The Border Burger is a mouth-watering experience — it’s a 1/3-pound perfectly prepared burger patty with cheese, lettuce, jalapeños, mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes, bacon and salsa. For drinks, the frozen strawberry, peach, mango or original flavor margaritas all get rave reviews.