Retail Roundup: Jonestown Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

While the city of Jonestown has remained compact and rural, it is close to a number of towns that offer an abundant variety of options for shopping and dining.

For groceries, many neighbors shop at Cedar Park’s HEB, about 15 minutes away. Also easily accessed in 15 minutes or less, local homeowners can shop at two of Austin’s most popular shopping malls, 1890 Ranch and Lakeline Mall.

The expansive 1890 Ranch shopping center has more than 70 stores and restaurants and is a popular choice for shopping or a night out. Some of the most popular retailers include SuperTarget, Bealls, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Famous Footwear, Natural Grocers, PetSmart, Office Max, Ross Dress for Less, Bikram Yoga, Claire’s Boutique, Hemispheres, Mardels and Hobby Lobby.

Local parents often drop off the kids at the mall to have fun at Adventure Kids Playcare and then enjoy a movie at the Cinemark Movie Theater, followed by a family dinner at one of the several locally owned or popular restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Which Wich sandwich shop, Naanfull Indian Grill, Mighty Fine Burgers, Takara Sushi or Rosie’s Pho Asian Noodles. For dessert, there are plenty of choices to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth at Baskin-Robbins, YoYo’s Frozen Yogurt, Nothing Bundt Cake or Gigi’s Cupcakes.

More Shopping and Dining at Lakeline Mall

Lakeline Mall is one of Austin’s biggest shopping destinations. With over 150 stores, shoppers enjoy a spacious mall including anchor 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, JCPenney, Brookstone, New York and Company, Yankee Candle 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. Not to be outdone, families appreciate the wide range of stores catering to children and children’s needs such as the Disney Store, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, Rooms To Go Kids, Gymboree, Gap For Kids, and Inflatable Wonderland, a bounce house park.

For hungry shoppers and locals interested in a great meal, restaurants at Lakeline include Applebee’s, Chili’s, Frullati Café, Little Tokyo, Los Canarios Fine Mexican Cuisine, Phil’s Philly Grill and Simon’s Sushi, among others.

Excellent Local Cajun Cuisine and Chicken Fried Comfort Food

In Jonestown itself, locals love the Cajun and Creole specialties at Parrain’s Louisiana Kitchen. Diners love the authentic Louisiana gumbo, crawfish and piled-high po’boys.  In nearby Lago Vista, locals make plans to eat at Bam’s Roadhouse Grill, a family-friendly restaurant where neighbors feast on Southern specialties such as chicken fried steak, fried pork chops, catfish, and the house specialty, stuffed hamburgers.

Nearby Cedar Park is brimming with good restaurants that attract diners from miles around. Two of the best well reviewed and fine dining restaurants are Soto Restaurant and Daichi Restaurant and Sushi Bar; both serve first quality, elegantly plated Japanese food.