While Heritage Park enjoys the peace and quiet of being removed from the bustle of the city center, residents and their families find plenty of opportunities to shop and be entertained without traveling far.
For starters, residents do their grocery shopping at the nearby Super HEB and SuperTarget or Natural Grocers at the 1890 Center. In addition, the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market provides the freshest produce in the area.
A Full Day of Fun, Food and Shopping at 1890 Ranch
The 1890 Ranch shopping center is about five minutes from home and has more than 70 stores and restaurants. Some of the most popular retailers include SuperTarget, Bealls, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Famous Footwear, PetSmart, Office Max, Ross Dress for Less, Bikram Yoga, Claire’s Boutique, Hemispheres, and Hobby Lobby, to name a few. The shopping mall also includes a Cinemark multiplex and Natural Grocers, a full-service grocery store with an emphasis on organic and natural products.
On date night, parents have been known to entrust their children in the capable hands of 1890 Ranch’s Adventure Kids Playcare while they enjoy a movie. Later, the whole family shares dinner at one of the several locally owned or popular national restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, WhichWich sandwich shop, Naanfull Indian Grill, Mighty Fine Burgers, Takara Sushi or Rosie’s Pho Asian Noodles. For dessert, there are plenty of choices to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth. For instance, the center boasts a Baskin-Robbins, YoYos Frozen Yogurt, Nothing Bundt Cake, and GiGi’s Cupcakes.
Lakeline Mall and Round Rock Premium Outlets Just Minutes from Home
Even more extensive shopping can be done at Lakeline Mall, just over 10 minutes away. Lakelinehosts over 150 stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Dillard’s, Gap, Aeropostale, Express, Macy’s, PacSun, Barnes and Noble, Sears and many others.
For steep discounts on name brands, Heritage Park shoppers head over to the Round Rock Premium Outlets, just a little over 15 minutesa way. This outdoor mall offers almost unbelievably low prices on some of the most prestigious brands in the country. With 125 outlet stores, residents can bargain hunt at Ann Taylor, BCBG Max, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, J. Crew, Gap, Louis Vuitton, and many others. Just across the street, IKEA is known for its contemporary, modern and chic home furnishings. While there, don’t miss the IKEA restaurant and their famous Swedish meatballs.
International Cuisines including Indian, Persian, Thai, and Superior Sushi
The variety of exceedingly good international cuisine in the area is mind-boggling. There are choices such as Muangthai Thai Cuisine, nearby Leander’s excellently reviewed Taste of Ethiopia, Vietnamese food at PhoNatic, delicious dishes from the subcontinent at Naanfull Indian Restaurant, or Shandeez Grill Persian restaurant — and there are many others to explore. Cedar Park is also home to a number of well-respected and top-quality sushi restaurants.
The menu at contemporary Japanese restaurant Soto brims with delicious and elegantly plated soups, maki rolls, sashimi and more. Many diners recommend specialties of the house such as the impossibly tender and flavorful Kobe beef carpaccio with fried shallots and micro greens, garnished with jalapeño chips or the seared salmon and tuna with truffle, white truffle oil and mache.
Austin’s Best Burgers, Fries and Shakes
When the mood strikes for comfort food, local foodies go to Mighty Fine Burgers for the best burgers, fries and shakes in town. Everything here is designed to evoke a bygone, simpler time — from the communal seating at long tables in the comfy, unpretentious dining room, to the no-frills menu with all-natural, never-frozen, freshly ground beef from certified small ranchers.
Burgers come in two sizes and come with customary lettuce, tomato, and pickles. The question is, Do patrons want “white, yeller, and red (mayo, mustard, ketchup) on their burger too?” The iconic eatery also serves fresh-cut crinkle fries and onion rings, as well as their famous shakes. They don’t have a hundred crazy flavors; instead they’re available in traditional chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Customers can make special orders, but the basics are so good, few feel the need. The experience is always complemented by the super-friendly people at the counter who are always ready with a warm smile and friendly Texas chitchat.