Retail Roundup: Park at Spicewood Springs Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Live music, Austin’s best seafood, upscale shopping, and fun and campy film festivals are all within easy reach of residents of Park at Spicewood Springs. An abundance of shopping is just a short drive away.

Neighbors do much of their grocery shopping at the neighborhood HEB, less than five minutes away, or the Whole Foods Market in Gateway Shopping Center, which is only about a 10-minute drive.

The Arboretum at Great Hills shopping mall, about 10 minutes from home, hosts 40 restaurants and shops in a beautiful park-like, open-air setting. The mall is relaxing and pleasant with broad grassy fields, a spot for picnics, and a beautiful water feature. Shops at the Arboretum include Barnes and Noble, Chico’s, The Gap and Gap For Kids, Jos. A. Bank, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Coldwater Creek, GameStop, Estancia Churrascaria, SAS Shoes and AZIZ Salon and Day Spa, to name a few. Eateries include Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Brio Tuscan Grille, Zoe’s Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, and for dessert, Amy’s Ice Cream. And each Sunday shoppers browse the farmers’ market and crafts fair held year-round at the Arboretum.

The Domain, Lakeline Mall, Gateway, 1890 Ranch, and the Shops at Arbor Walk are also all about 15 minutes or less from the Park at Spicewood Springs. Together, these five major shopping centers host about 400 additional major retailers, services, shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

Steakhouse and Seafood Specialists

Texas Roadhouse is the legendary restaurant that’s perfect fun for a family outing. The Roadhouse specializes in large portions, hand-cut steaks, and tender, smoky ribs. The jukebox music and line dancers provide entertainment, while Texas Roadhouse servers expertly cater to every diner’s needs.

Local foodie favorite, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is an upscale restaurant located in the Arboretum that offers an assortment of the freshest, finest quality seafood. Eddie V’s diners find an exquisite seafood experience. For instance, a meal may start with classic crab cakes and fresh oysters on the half shell, followed by fresh and succulent Maine lobster drizzled with rich cream and cognac, or delicately flavored parmesan-encrusted lemon sole.

The adjoining elegant V-Lounge is the perfect after-dinner destination to relax, with over 200 world-class wines to choose from. The V-Lounge features skilled local musicians who fill the room with soulful jazz and blues.

Many Other Great Local Dining Choices

Locals also love the often fiery Chinese food at Asia Market Café (especially the dumplings), and the delicious spicy fish. In the mood for Italian? Reale’s Pizza and Café keeps their loyal patrons happy while attracting new fans all the time. Their pizza isn’t the only star. Reale’s also famous for their lasagne, baked ziti with sausage, and many other traditional Italian dishes.

And for a big down-home family dinner at a reasonable price, there’s Jim’s. Since 1947, Jim’s has been a Texas version of the kind of family restaurant that used to predominate the suburban landscape. They serve homey diner-style food with a Texas flair. Customers can choose the legendary chicken-fried steak from the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu.

Dinner and a Show — At the Same Time

Residents of Park at Spicewood Springs love living within 5 minutes of the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Alamo Drafthouse serves its own menu of burgers, pizza and more to moviegoers right at their seats. This branch of the Alamo Drafthouse shows mainstream Hollywood blockbusters and some limited release independent and art house films. They also feature their own film festivals like the Dismember the Alamo Film Festival and the hip-hop themed Off-Centered Film Festival.