Retail Roundup – Escondera Condomium Area Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

Escondera Condo dwellers are fortunate to be very close to a number of conveniences. Shopping and dining options abound.

Community members wanting to pick up a few steaks for a group cookout by the pool can dash over to HEB or Central Market for groceries — each about 10 minutes away.

Condo owners are also a quick 10-minute drive from Barton Creek Square, a large regional mall filled with more than 180 shops and restaurants. Among the stores are JCPenney, Claire’s and Gap. A few of the more popular eateries include California Pizza Kitchen, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Frullati Café & Bakery, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Sarku Japan, Steak N Shake, Villa Pizza, and more. And for date night or family fun, movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

More Stores and Restaurants Nearby

Sunset Valley Market Fair, about 10 minutes away, is a large shopping area with over 80 stores and restaurants that gets pretty busy on weekends, making Escondera residents especially grateful that they can run over to Academy Sports & Outdoors, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy and many other stores at any time, and beat the crowds. After an evening of shopping, Escondera condo owners enjoy any of a number of Sunset Valley restaurants, including Mama Fu’s Asian House, B.J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and Noodles & Company.

In addition, Hill Country Galleria and Escarpment Village, the Village at Westlake, and Arbor Trails Center, are all less than 15 minutes away. Together, these shopping centers host almost 200 additional shops and restaurants.

Delicious Pasta, Gumbo, Sushi and More

Milano Café, less than five minutes from home, is tucked away in an unassuming little shopping center and is a popular choice among locals for its reasonably priced Italian food — and its BYO beer and wine policy. Chicken and veal piccatta are popular entrees, while other diners prefer one of the ravioli or other pasta dishes on the specials menu.

The authentic Cajun food at the Cypress Grill brings in the diners from Escondera. The Cypress Grill also offers live jazz, signature cocktails, and a variety of craft beers. In addition to etouffée, gumbo, and other classics, the mouth-watering specialty Shrimp En Brochette features fresh Gulf shrimp skewered and wrapped in bacon, served over dirty rice and topped with sautéed jalapeños in a decadent lime butter sauce.

Escondera residents also enjoy some of the best sushi and Japanese food in Austin at Izumi Japanese Restaurant, a little less than15 minutes away. In addition to an extensive sashimi menu, the restaurant offers about 30 traditional sushi rolls and 30 delicious specialty sushi 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 barbecue sauce. At lunch, there are a number of bento boxes to choose from.