Retail Roundup: Lakewood Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Lakewood is an incredible place to live for those who enjoy convenient shopping – even at some of Austin’s most exclusive retailers. Lakewood is within 15 minutes or less of eight major shopping destinations, including The Domain, Austin’s most luxurious center, about 10 minutes away. Together, these eight shopping centers represent more than 700 fine department stores, national and local merchants, movie theaters, boutiques, restaurants, and more.

A Day of Fashion, Food and Fun at The Domain

For a world-class shopping experience, locals take the short drive to enjoy the day at The Domain, a 1,300,000-square-foot upscale outdoor shopping mall featuring 100 stores, including high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Barneys.

The Domain is also home to noteworthy restaurants such as NoRTH, The Daily Grill, Blackfinn’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and McCormick & Schmick’s. Even the movies at The Domain are upscale. The center’s 9-screen iPic theater is decked with posh leather seats. Seats in the premium section recline, are accompanied by side tables, and come with a fresh blanket and pillow. The “concession stand” is a small restaurant that sells chef-prepared dishes such as Caesar salads, chicken kababs, coconut shrimp, and angus-beef sliders — and there is a bar that serves sophisticated cocktails. Best of all, patrons take their meal to their seats to enjoy during the show.

Wood-Grilled, Grain-Fed Veal Rib Chops and Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon

There are a lot of restaurants close to Lakewood,from fun places to have a burger like Waterloo Ice House, to truly fine quality dining for special occasions.

When in the mood to dine in style, locals sometimes choose dinner at Siena Ristorante Toscana. Siena is a popular gourmet Tuscan restaurant less than a mile south of Lakewood. Siena serves classic Tuscan dishes in a charming and romantic atmosphere. Though some of the fare sounds simple, each dish is created with great care. The restaurant offers the traditional Tuscan courses, beginning with antipasti and insalata, then primi piatti (pasta dishes), secondi piatti (entrees) served with contorni (side dishes) of your choice. Costoletto di Viletto, a wood-grilled, grain-fed Veal Rib Chop on a fricassee of roasted potatoes, mushrooms, onions and fresh sage, is a favorite with many diners.

Locals also frequently compliment Truluck’s Seafood, Steak, & Crab House, a gourmet restaurant that prides itself on serving only the most delicious steak, chops, and crab, as well as the freshest high quality seafood from its own fisheries. Perhaps the centerpiece of the menu, the seafood section begins with an invitation for diners to choose from a selection of fresh fish, which includes Texas redfish, Scottish salmon, Idaho trout and others. These fish are available pan-seared or grilled with olive oil, fresh lemon, and sea salt and served with a choice of parmesan mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus, garlic wilted spinach, Szechuan-style green beans, or rice pilaf. Other seafood favorites such as crab, lobster, blackened redfish, miso-glazed sea bass, sesame-seared tuna, and fried jumbo shrimp are also among the offerings.