Retail Roundup: Northwood Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Northwood residents have more than a few excellent shopping and dining choices nearby. Gateway Shopping Center, less than 10 minutes away, is home to a Whole Foods Market grocery store, Container Store, Crate & Barrel, and the Regal Gateway 16 Cinema and IMAX. In addition to the Whole Foods Market, there are convenient groceries such as HEB and Sprouts Market nearby.

The nearby Arboretum at Great Hills features over 40 shops and restaurants including Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, Cheesecake Factory, Blue Baker and AZIZ Salon and Day Spa. With its park-like setting, the Arboretum at Great Hills is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend or hang out with friends.

And that’s just the beginning. There are four more major shopping centers only 15 minutes away or less, including Lakeline Mall, Domain, Round Rock Premium Outlets, and the Shops at Arbor Walk. Among them, these shopping centers host more than 400 department stores, national and local retailers, services, movie theaters, restaurants, and more.

Smokehouse Barbecue, Vegetarian Indian Cuisine and Spicy Pad Thai

There is a wide selection of diverse restaurants just minutes away from the Northwood community. Residents have convenient access to everything from down-home Texas barbecue at Pok-E-Jo’s Smokehouse, to authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine at Curry-in-a-Hurry. Tacodeli serves Austin-style Mexican food, and Thai Cuisine dishes up spicy and delicious Thai food. This corner of north Austin also boasts two highly praised sushi restaurants, Odaku and Tomodachi. Proximity to such culinary variety is just one of the many perks that Northwood residents enjoy.

For a delicious burger or hearty sandwich and an ice-cold craft beer, Opal Divine’s is the place to go. Using only the finest hormone-free Angus beef, Opal Divine’s is a locally owned Austin business that serves up char-grilled burgers, Philly cheesesteak subs, natural turkey paninis and more. Diners rave about their fish and chips, cooked in a classic beer batter and served with malt vinegar. With a selection of over 30 local Texas craft beers on tap and a dog-friendly porch seating area, Opal Divine’s is a Northwood neighborhood favorite.

A Gourmet’s Choice for Fine Dining

Local foodies rave about Truluck’s Seafood, Steak, & Crab House, a gourmet restaurant that prides itself on serving only the most delicious steak, chops, and crab, as well as the freshest high quality seafood from its own fisheries.

The menu’s centerpiece seafood section begins with an invitation for diners to choose from a selection of fresh fish, which includes Texas redfish, Scottish salmon, Idaho trout, and others. These fish are available pan-seared or grilled with olive oil, fresh lemon, and sea salt and served with a choice of parmesan mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus, garlic wilted spinach, Szechuan-style green beans, or rice pilaf. Other seafood favorites such as crab, lobster, blackened redfish, miso-glazed sea bass, sesame-seared tuna, and fried jumbo shrimp are also on the menu.

In addition to fine seafood, Truluck’s also offers a variety of delicious steaks served in a number of styles, a full card of tempting appetizers, a world-class bar, and heavenly desserts.