Retail Roundup: Lost Creek Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

In addition to beautiful homes, great golfing and exemplary schools, people looking to purchase a home in Austin are drawn to Lost Creek for the neighborhood’s abundant shopping and the variety of nearby restaurants.

For everyday necessities, The Village of Westlake Shopping Center is just minutes from Lost Creek. In addition to an HEB for groceries, the center includes an Office Depot, Twin Liquors, GNC, Alyson Jon Interiors, Finley’s Barbershop, Gold’s Gym, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Westbank Dry Cleaners and several other retailers. Hungry and thirsty shoppers can also enjoy their favorite hot or cold beverage at Starbucks, or a tasty meal at La Madeleine, Lupe Tortilla or Izumi Sushi.

Arguably the best sushi and Japanese food in Austin, Izumi features an extensive sashimi menu, as well as about 30 traditional sushi rolls and 30 delicious specialty rolls. Among the specialty rolls, locals recommend the Westlake Sushi Roll – made with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, kanikama, and asparagus wrapped in cucumber with ponzu sauce. Also popular is the Volcano Roll, a California roll baked with kanikama, scallops, onions, mushrooms, and masago on top. Popular dinner options are yakisoba, tempura, and katsu — panko-crusted pork, snapper, or chicken with Japanese barbeque sauce. At lunch, there are a number of bento boxes to choose from.

180 Stores and Restaurants in Just 10 Minutes

For an extensive shopping spree, Barton Creek Square Mall, one of the biggest regional shopping malls in the city, is just 10 minutes south. Featuring 180 specialty retail stores and department staples such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Foot Locker, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Gap, Lane Bryant, Lego, Nine West, and Old Navy  as well as Sears, JC Penney and many others, locals can truly find everything they need in one stop.

Barton Creek Square also offers some great dining selections, including favorites such as California Pizza Kitchen, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Frullati Café & Bakery, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Sarku Japan, Steak N Shake, Villa Pizza, and more. For date night or family fun, movie buffs love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

Upscale Italian and Down-Home Texas Style Barbeque

Discerning Lost Creek residents will also find a plentiful variety of restaurants nearby. Two of the most distinctive are Uno Trattoria and Rudy’s Country Store & Barbeque.

Locals rave about Uno Trattoria, an upscale Italian bistro serving authentic handmade Italian comfort food. The signature Arrabbiata Moderna, a hearty pasta with a tantalizingly spicy cream sauce, prosciutto, bacon and mushrooms, is made especially unforgettable when finished off with an authentic slice of sweet Bindi cake.

For a more homegrown cuisine, Rudy’s Country Store & Barbeque serves some of Austin’s favorite Texas-style BBQ and is located less than 10 minutes south of Lost Creek. Rudy’s serves memorably great smoked sausage, brisket, ribs, turkey, and chicken, but almost everyone who loves Rudy’s comes back for the uniquely irresistible brisket. And insiders know it’s not just the brisket, but the brisket ordered “extra moist.” The comforting, delicious, rich and decadent creamed corn is another local favorite. And for dessert, Rudy’s offers the down-home banana and chocolate pudding. Sound good? It is!