Retail Roundup: Silver Oak Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Silver Oak families find shopping easy and convenient, with many nearby grocery, retail and specialty stores. HEB and Randalls, only minutes away, have everything needed for delicious home-cooked meals. Each Saturday, though, residents of Silver Oak choose something for their table from the cornucopia of fresh organic fruits and vegetables at Cedar Park Farmers’ Market.

Lakeline Mall is also close by, featuring more than 150 major retailers, including anchor stores Dillard’s and Macy’s, teen favorites Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch, and kiddie attractions such as Inflatable Wonderland, a bounce house park. Locals also enjoy visiting the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, featuring more than 70 stores and restaurants.

In fact, there are five major shopping malls within 15 to 20 minutes from home — including the extremely convenient Lakeline Mall and 1890 Ranch shopping centers — which host more than 300 department stores, restaurants, specialty stores, and movie theaters.

Tantalizing Cuisine from the Far East and Nearby West Texas, Plus Downhome Steaks

At the Texican Café, an Austin original renowned for its West Texas-style cuisine, local foodies expect and get perfection with the queso flameado, an irresistible blend of melting white cheddar and chorizo sausage. And nothing douses the spicy heat of a dish like that better than the restaurant’s cooling, deep purple “La Morada” margarita. Though many diners are unsure where that purple color comes from, it is a flavorful (and powerful) margarita that has garnered many fans.

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.

But when only a really great all-American steak will satisfy, diners make plans to eat at Texas Land and Cattle, located just minutes from the neighborhood. The steaks are high quality, hand-cut and mesquite grilled to perfection. The Texas-Sized Porterhouse is large enough to satisfy even the biggest appetite, with a 20 oz. cut of meat served with a baked potato and all of the fixings.

Quality Cinemas, Basketball and Hockey, and More Entertainment

There’s plenty of entertainment choices close to home as well, with the impressive 12-screen Cinemark Cedar Park Theater showing all the latest Hollywood films, and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline serving up tasty homemade pub fare and craft beers as moviegoers enjoy their films.

Sports and music fans in Silver Oak enjoy living close to the 8,000-seat Cedar Park Center, home of the Texas Stars hockey and Austin Toros basketball teams, as well as year-round live music and family entertainment events.