Retail Roundup: Spring Condominiums Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Spring Condominiums residents frequent the 2nd Street shopping district just a few blocks away. With more than 50 specialty shops and restaurants close by, as well as Austin City Limits musical guests at Moody Theater, the district is always active. For chic couture, Anthropologie, Estilo, and Girl Next Door offer the latest fashion-forward clothing for women. On South Congress, men enjoy tried-and-true clothiers Jos. A. Bank and Brooks Brothers. Or they can head to Escalator for high-end, contemporary fashions from top designers. Spring Condominium’s proximity to the flagship 80,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market offers a truly convenient grocery shopping experience. With natural, organic produce, meats, cheeses, pastas and a huge selection of healthy ready-made meals, Whole Foods has been keeping Austin healthy for over 30 years.

Fine Dining with a Gourmet Twist

For fine dining, 2nd Street offers some of Austin’s most authentic Mexican food at La Condesa, a celebrated modern Mexican bistro. Downtown foodies also enjoy some of Austin’s finest barbecue at Lambert’s Historic Barbecue, which offers heaping plates of mouth-watering brisket, ribs and slow-smoked chicken.

Just a 5-minute drive across the river, locals can find the freshest and most fantastic sushi in all of Austin (and more) at Uchi. Headed by celebrity chef and long-time Austinite Paul Qui,  everything on the menu contains an avant-garde twist on traditional Japanese cuisine. The unsurpassed Jar Jar Duck is a sumptuous serving of duck cooked three ways, with duck leg confit, duck cracklings and sliced duck breast paired with tender pickled endive, and nasturtium greens sealed in a jar with applewood smoke. It’s been voted one of the top 10 dishes in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine,

Another great dining option, the Counter Cafe is a popular nearby choice for high-quality down-home dinner creations with a gourmet flair. With Sunday brunch specials and American classics made from farm fresh ingredients and locally sourced meats from the Hill Country, Counter Cafe offers a new twist on old standards with a focus on sustainable local ingredients.