Retail Roundup: Westwood (Cedar Park) Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

With all of Austin’s dining, shopping, and entertainment within reach, and scores of local activities just around the corner, Westwood residents have as many reasons to get out of the house as they do to stay home and enjoy the quiet country atmosphere of their own neighborhood. Convenient shopping and dining options abound near Westwood.

Homeowners do their grocery shopping at Leander’s HEB Plus! super store featuring a garden center and pharmacy. Both Randalls and SuperTarget are also nearby. In addition, Leander and Cedar Park farmers’ markets offer the freshest organic produce as well as other locally produced foods and dry goods.

Diverse Shopping, a Full Dinner Menu and Blockbuster Movies at 1890 Ranch

Just over 10 minutes from home, the well-stocked 1890 Ranch shopping center has more than 70 stores and restaurants and is an easy choice for shopping or a night out.

Some of the most popular retailers include SuperTarget, Bealls, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Famous Footwear, Natural Grocers, PetSmart, Office Max, Ross Dress for Less, Bikram Yoga, Claire’s Boutique, Hemispheres, Mardels and Hobby Lobby, to name a few.

Local parents often drop off the kids at the mall to have fun at Adventure Kids Playcare and then take in a movie at the Cinemark Movie Theater, followed by a family dinner at one of the many restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Which Wich 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 at Baskin-Robbins, YoYos Frozen Yogurt, Nothing Bundt Cake or Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Name Brand Bargain Hunting at the Round Rock Premium Outlets

The Round Rock Premium Outlets center, only about 20 minutes away, features 125 upscale and mainstream retailers such as Sephora, Banana Republic, Coach, Calvin Klein, The Disney Store, GAP Kids, Gymboree, Oshkosh B’Gosh, and Brooks Brothers, among many others. All the retailers at the center offer significant discounts on fine products.

IKEA,located adjacent to the Premium Outlets, features a huge onhand inventory of fashionable, Scandinavian-style furniture and accessories. And IKEA offers shoppers a Swedish café right inside the store serving salads, entrees, desserts, and, of course, IKEA’s famous Swedish meatballs.

New Orleans Gumbo and Chicken-Fried Wild Boar with Scottish Eggs

When locals get hungry, they choose from an enviable selection of options in North Austin and Round Rock. Local diners love Leander’s own Mouton Southern Bistro for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Specializing in finely prepared southern favorites, Mouton Bistro offers such down-home favorites as hand-breaded chicken-fried steak with gravy and authentic New Orleans-style gumbo. Its friendly atmosphere, delicious comfort food, and attentive service have won this locally owned restaurant a loyal following.

Many locals also love Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Round Rock, just a few minutes down the road. Jack Allen’s sources its ingredients locally, and transforms them into inventive, delicious, and distinctively Texas-style dishes. Among recent specials demonstrating how creative the kitchen can be with Texas favorites: try the chicken-fried wild boar with Scottish eggs and the house green chile gravy.

Music Industry’s Hottest Acts, Professional Sports, and Disney on Ice

For the best in entertainment variety, the Cedar Park Center, about 15 minutes from home, is an 8,000 seat, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena. The Center hosts more than 130 events per year with concerts, family shows like Disney on Ice, and sporting events, including the home games for the Austin Toros basketball and Texas Stars hockey teams.