Retail Roundup: Crestview Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

With its prime location in the middle of numerous popular business corridors, Crestview has no lack of shopping and dining options. Anderson Lane, Burnet Road and Lamar Boulevard are all lined with dozens of storefronts offering everything from furniture to clothing to toys.

For extensive shopping lists, or just a fun day of retail therapy, two of Austin’s most popular shopping malls, the Arboretum at Great Hills and The Domain, are located within an easy 10-minute drive of Crestview.

A unique shopping experience, the Arboretum at Great Hills is an open-air mall featuring more than 40 specialty shops and restaurants, as well as a park, water feature and picnic area. Some of the more popular retailers include Barnes and Noble, Chico’s, The Gap and Gap For Kids, Jos. A. Bank, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Coldwater Creek, GameStop, SAS Shoes and AZIZ Salon and Day Spa, to name a few. For a meal or a snack, hungry shoppers can get a bite to eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Brio Tuscan Grille, Zoe’s Kitchen, and Cheesecake Factory, among others.

For a world-class shopping experience, locals take the short drive to enjoy the day at The Domain, a 1,300,000-square-foot upscale outdoor shopping mall featuring 100 stores, including high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Barneys. A break from shopping for lunch or dinner offers several savory selections, including Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmicks, NoRTH and the Daily Grill to name a few.

Fresh Groceries and Austin’s Most Beloved Soups and Sandwiches

For groceries, Crestview neighbors have the option of a quick dash into the neighborhood Crestview Minimax store or a nearby, updated Randall’s Supermarket.  Some locals drive just a few minutes to Fiesta Supermarket, famous for its imported and international foods department.

Crestview’s own neighborhood shopping center is home to local hangout Little Deli and Pizzeria. There’s nothing quite like a place that is not only in the neighborhood, but is a huge part of the neighborhood’s personality. The modest Little Deli is that kind of place – homey, comfortable, welcoming, and serving good honest food. Their menu has a staggering selection of subs, hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, and – of course – delicious pizza. While some localsswear you can’t go wrong with the veggie sandwich, others stand by the meatball subs or Little Deli’s delicious Reuben sandwich. The menu also includes a selection of soups and salads.

Award-Winning Sushi, Burgers from a Movie Star and Date Night in Crestview

Other popular restaurants in the area include Top Notch, the drive-in hamburger joint featured in the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.” Families enjoy the superfun playscape at Austin native Phil’s Icehouse and attached Amy’s Ice Cream.  Phil’s offers delicious gourmet burgers on their own homemade buns. Amy’s, an Austin original, has been delighting local kids of all ages for years with its homemade ice cream and smash-ins.

Neighbors in search of a pick-me-up stop in at Genuine Joe’s Coffeehouse for a macchiato or a 3-Way Mocha or Thunderbird coffee house for other delicious coffees and baked goods in a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.

For a special dinner out, area couples drive 8 minutes to culinary sensation and nationally noted Uchiko, where the contemporary Japanese fare is literally world-class.

Another date night option in Crestview, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a popular hotspot where movie buffs can enjoy dinner, drinks and a movie all at the same time.