Retail Roundup: Green Park Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Davenport Village, just four minutes from Green Park, has several restaurants as well as high-end shops and professional offices. The center’s Northwest Hills at Davenport is a popular pharmacy and one-stop gift shop. The selection of gifts and luxurious bath and body products are exceptional.

The Hill Country Galleria is another popular place to shop for Green Park residents. With 100 stores and restaurants, retailers include Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s and Gatsby’s Menswear, to name a few. The center also hosts a Cinemark 14 Theater, as well as a Whole Foods Market where many Green Park homeowners go for healthful and high-quality groceries. Residents also often shop the neighborhood HEB or Randalls for routine grocery needs.

Six Major Shopping Malls Within Minutes

Residents often visit nearby Barton Creek Square Mall, a popular shopping mall with over 180 stores and restaurants. Stores include Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Sephora, Macy’s, Apple and Coach, among many others, in addition to the Barton Creek AMC Cinema.

In all, there are six major shopping centers within 15 minutes or less from the Green Park neighborhood. Together, these retail malls represent about 430 fine department stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and more.

Loaded Potato Skins, Sombra Fuego Margaritas and the Urban Bubba Burger

Opal Divine’s Austin Grill at Davenport serves a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, bar snacks, and more. Diners enjoy the beautifully designed outdoor dining area surrounded by palm trees. For appetizers or to accompany a beer or two, many diners order the Loaded Potato Skins, potato skins stuffed with cheddar cheese, pulled pork, barbeque sauce, sour cream and chives. The Urban Bubba — a burger with grilled onions, jalapeños, Gorgonzola cheese, chipotle mayo and wing sauce — may be the most comfy comfort food Opal’s has on its menu. While it’s hard to choose among all of the delicious sides, regulars suggest that the natural cut fries are among the best in town.

Opal’s bar has also become something of a legend for its signature margaritas. For instance, the Sombra Fuego, made with a combination of Sombra Single Village Mezcal, fresh squeezed lime juice, and jalapeño-infused organic agave nectar topped with Chihuahuan smoked sea salt, is a complex and delicious take on the classic. Frequent patrons also enjoy Opal’s desserts, and Banana Nutella Chimichangas may be the most popular. It’s a banana covered with Nutella, then wrapped in crispy pastry and served with Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Exclusive and Irresistible Dining at Eleven Plates and Wine

Eleven Plates and Wine, just around the corner in Davenport Village, is very popular with diners from all over Austin. Eleven Plates & Wine serves inventive, up-to-the-minute contemporary cuisine (pork belly bahn mi, roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon aioli, scallops with homemade aioli and Spanish chorizo, crispy garbanzo beans, and more) that is always plated with elegance and panache. And Maudie’s Milagro, also in Davenport Village, holds down the spot for most comforting Tex-Mex (with the greatest view) in the neighborhood. Specialties include enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and its famous margaritas.

Trento, also under five minutes away, takes a classy but casual fresh approach to Italian favorites. Dinner favorites include brisket stuffed ravioli with eggplant, carrot, and kale, and delicious pizzas.