Retail Roundup: Wooten Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Five minutes from Wooten, the Village Shopping Center boasts a variety of restaurants, entertainment, and retail. Among the distinctive retailers are locally-owned and award-winning Terra Toys, national bicycle and parts discounter Performance Bike, and outdoors superstore Sun & Ski Sports, as well as Precision Camera, Petticoat Fair, Dragon’s Lair Comics & Books, bridal shops, and more.

The shopping center also includes a branch of Austin’s-own Alamo Drafthouse, where waiters unobtrusively take orders and deliver delicious, freshly made meals all while the audience is watching the movie. The Alamo hosts theme nights, sing-a-long nights, and other fun attractions several times a month. Restaurants in the center include Cover 3, Shabu Japanese Hotpot Restaurant, Madam Mam’s Thai Food, Pho Thai Son, and Taj Palace, among others.

There are plenty of grocery options within about a five or ten minute radius including HEB, Randall’s and local mini-grocery FreshPlus. There is also a new Whole Foods Market less than 10 minutes away in the Domain shopping center.

Six Shopping Malls Within Minutes

Lakeline Mall, one of Austin’s biggest shopping destinations, is less than 15 minutes from the neighborhood. 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, Gap, Image, Lakeline Day Spa, The Limited, Old Navy, PetSmart, Ross, JC Penney, Brookstone, and Yankee Candle, to name a few.

Restaurants include Applebee’s, Chile’s, Frullati Café, Little Tokyo, Los Canarios Fine Mexican Cuisine, Phil’s Philly Grill and Simon’s Sushi, among others.

The neighborhood is also within 15 minutes or less of five other major shopping centers including the Domain, Gateway, Shops at Arbor Walk, Arboretum at Great Hills, and Barton Creek Square Mall. Together, these shopping centers host almost 400 additional fine retailers, department stores, restaurants, services and more.

Tender Steak, Small Plates, Hearty Burgers with Brie and Homemade Aioli

Bartlett’s, a relatively new name in the neighborhood, is an independent, increasingly popular steakhouse and New American restaurant owned and operated by the same people who were in charge of the Houston’s restaurant franchise for decades. While the dark wood and high-backed booths and many favorites from the old menu remain, the new name signals several fresh innovations.

For instance, there’sa new gluten-free menu and a special “After 5” small-plates menu with delicious new starters such as artichokes with a tangy rémoulade sauce, and a half-dozen jumbo peel-and-eat shrimp with cocktail sauce. They also feature a full bar and avariety of local beers on tap.

Another local foodie favorite, the phenomenal Hopdoddy Burger Bar has opened a branch of its upscale-for-a-burger-place hotspots just minutes from the neighborhood. Diners enjoy delectable specialty burgers cooked the way they like. Signature burgers include the Primetime, with brie, truffle aioli and steak sauce, or the Buffalo Bill, with a rich bison patty, blue cheese and plenty of zingy hot sauce. With lots of options like apple-smoked bacon and fried farm eggs to customize the burger, along with a truly impressive list of mixed drinks and craft beers, Hopdoddy is a vibrant restaurant with a lively atmosphere and mouthwatering food.