Retail Roundup: Belterra Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

If Austin is the oyster, then Belterra is the pearl. The neighborhood is far enough away to maintain its country lifestyle, yet close enough for the convenience of Austin’s shopping, annual events and famous nightlife.

Residents of Belterra do most of their grocery shopping in Dripping Springs HEB which is only 6 miles away. A local favorite for daily food shopping is the Super S Foods store near the neighborhood.

In less than 20 minutes, residents enjoy the Hill Country Galleria, a regional shopping mall situated on 152 acres in the nearby town of Bee Cave which features over 100 stores and restaurants, including retail mainstays Barnes & Noble, Dillards, Banana Republic, Jos A. Bank Clothiers and Eddie Bauer, as well as a Cinemark theater. The Galleria also hosts live music events for all ages on its open-air stage located in the center of the mall.

Finger Lickin’ Good with a Touch of Class

Locals who like to stay close to home enjoy a delectable selection of restaurants and homegrown eateries. From Smoke ‘n Hops, which features 23 craft beers and deliciously distinctive barbecue, to locally owned Bordeaux’s Prime Steakhouse, serving up Cajun and French-influenced fare, locals don’t have to travel far to tempt their palates. Known for perfectly seasoned, tender filet mignon or rib eye grilled over an open fire, Bordeaux’s menu serves local foodies high-quality, delectable dishes. The lobster tails with grilled asparagus and the famous crab fondue are utterly divine.

Just a few miles away from Belterra is the legendary Salt Lick Bar-B-Que. Family style eating has never tasted so good. Try one of their family dinnerswith an all-you-can-eat option. Tender beef brisket that melts in your mouth, sizzling sausage, and premium pork ribs served with potato salad, cole slaw and beans. And save room for their heavenly pecan pie or peach cobbler. (At least remember to order some to take home.) The Salt Lick experience is a real bonus of living at Belterra, as people from all over Austin travel to enjoy its historical ambiance and award-winning food. Other neighborhood favorites include Trudy’s Four Star for Tex-Mex, Pieous for some of the best pizza in town and Flores Mexican Restaurant serving authentic and flavorful Mexican food.

For a fun evening out, the popular Nutty Brown Café offers a provincial atmosphere and a tasty variety of Tex-Mex and comfort food. A house special is Nutty’s Sizzlin’ Fajitas made with tender marinated chicken or beef, and it comes with all the fixins. Kevin Fowler’s Frito Pie is a must; a huge mound of fritos topped with Texas Chili, shredded cheese and chopped onions hits the spot and warms the soul.  Also a great place to sing, dance or just sit back and enjoy live music, the café is home to a large amphitheater surrounded by majestic oaks, giving locals their own cozy venue to enjoy some of the most well-known musicians from all over the great state of Texas.