Retail Roundup: The Summit at West Rim Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

The Village at Westlake shopping center, about 10 minutes away from The Summit at West Rim, offers a variety of stores for daily shopping needs such as Target, Office Depot, and a convenient neighborhood HEB for routine grocery shopping. There is also a Randalls supermarket about 10 minutes away, and the 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market flagship store is less than 15 minutes east on the edge of downtown Austin.

The burgeoning shopping district on 2nd Street, about 15 minutes from home, has a large number of upscale services and stores. Bonobos, Estilo, Fransesca’s, and Urban Outfitters are just a few of the stores offering high quality fashion. Mercury Studio, Design Within Reach, and BoConcepts are a few of the stores that sell sleek, chic furnishings and home goods. The district also includes popular restaurants, spas, hair salons, and more.

Bring Your Shopping List and Hearty Appetite to Barton Creek Square Mall

Residents also live a convenient distance from the luxurious Barton Creek Square Mall, about 15 minutes to the south. Barton Creek Square Mall, one of the largest malls in Texas, features 180 specialty retail stores and department staples such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Gap, Lane Bryant, Nine West, and Old Navy, to name a few. The mall also offers some great dining selections, including such popular spots as California Pizza Kitchen, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Sarku Japan, Steak N Shake, Villa Pizza, and more.

Those in the know swear that the best place in the mall for a cup of coffee or a quality dining experience is the little Nordstrom Bistro Café on the store’s second floor tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the shopping center. And for date night or family fun, everyone loves to check out the latest Hollywood fare at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

There are also four other major shopping centers are within about 20 minutes of the neighborhood including Arbor Trails, Arboretum at Great Hills, Gateway, and the Shops at Arbor Walk. Together, these shopping centers host more than 150 additional fine department stores, national and local retailers, services, movie theaters, and restaurants.

From Bold Foie Gras Sushi to Boldly Traditional Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

The Summit at West Rim homeowners enjoy easy access to several of the best restaurants in Austin. Uchi is the critically acclaimed eatery that offers world-class Japanese cuisine with both traditional and fusion selections. Diners rave about the decadent foie gras nigiri: buttery foie gras balanced perfectly with slightly sweet and tart rice. Uchi has long been hailed one of the best restaurants in America, and has received countless awards and rave reviews from publications including Zagat, Bon Appétit Magazine, and GQ.

Another local favorite is Trento, an upscale Italian restaurant that serves rustic Italian comfort food with exquisite flourish. Signature dishes include the roasted chicken — cooked to perfection and complemented with a mouth-watering tarragon jus and hearty roasted potatoes. Meals can be finished with great desserts like the delicious soda floats made with gelato, a hit among adults and kids alike.