Retail Roundup: Barton Creek West Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Barton Creek West is less than 10 minutes away from Hill Country Galleria, an upscale, outdoor shopping destination in the Village of Bee Cave. Hill Country Galleria offers locals more than 100 shops and restaurants, including Banana Republic, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Barnes & Noble, to name a few. Neighbors in need of a special gift pop into Zoltan David, where couture jewelry is on offer, or Francesca’s, a fashion-forward boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories.

Among the Hill Country Galleria’s most popular restaurants is Tony C’s, where the coal-fired pizza is always a hit. Also, Madam Mam’s offers Thai specialties such as pad thai and Panang beef curry. And locals crave the Berlin-inspired sandwiches at Verts Kepap. For a more intimate, elegant night out, neighbors visit Buenos Aires Café, where they might select pastel de papas, an Argentinean-style shepherd’s pie.

Barton Creek Square Mall and Healthy Groceries at Whole Foods

This neighborhood is not only convenient to parks and the wild wonder of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, it’s also about 15 minutes from popular and extensive Barton Creek Square Mall and about 10 minutes from the Village at Westlake. Together, these two shopping centers present an assortment of more than 300 additional outstanding department stores, local and national merchants, movie theaters, restaurants, and more.

For groceries, residents enjoy the neighborhood HEB, about five minutes away, or over to the Hill Country Galleria, which hosts an upscale Whole Foods Market.

Austin’s Best Fine Dining at Plate By Dzintra

Plate By Dzintra cooks only with fresh, unprocessed ingredients and creates everything on their menu from scratch. All of it is made in-house with classical techniques and from real, unprocessed ingredients. A graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Paris, founder and head chef Dzintra Dzenis earned a Grand Diplôme signifying her mastery of both cuisine and pastry techniques. And the classical training shows on each and every plate that comes from her kitchen. The close attention and care paid to even small details makes dining here an experience difficult to find anywhere else. The menu changes week by week according to what products are best at market, but frequent diners say it is consistently fabulous.

Two Grove Wine Bars to Choose From

Barton Creek West homeowners have the enviable choice of going to whichever Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen they prefer — the one near Lakeway or the original location on Bee Cave Road in Westlake Hills. Each is about 10 minutes away. The newer Lakeway location carries on with the class, atmosphere, fine wines, and delicious foods that have made the original location such a success. The biggest difference may be the new location that enjoys more dramatic Hill Country views, a trade-off for lacking the stand of oak trees that gave the original location its name.

What is the same is the quality and service. At both, the atmosphere is relaxed, the food and the wine are superb, and the service crisp and efficient. Frequent diners recommend Reed’s Salad — mixed field greens garnished with caramelized pecans and feta cheese tossed in honey balsamic vinaigrette and delicious fried calamari. Popular entrees include Filet Oscar, a tender 8 oz. peppercorn filet topped with lump crab and hollandaise and served with grilled asparagus, and a twice-baked potato.

Another favorite among regulars is seared miso glazed sea bass, with tamari-sherry broth, sesame, garlic, spinach, shitake mushrooms and pickled ginger. The wine bar features inventive and fun flights of wine that help patrons explore and discover something new about wine, regardless of which location you visit.