You’re going to need energy (and a break) when you head out for holiday shopping. Below I offer some dining choices near major shopping areas. I generally stuck to locally-owned businesses, with a few exceptions. I didn’t list certain shopping areas that are surrounded by mostly chain restaurants. More restaurants broken down by category at austin360.com/AustinRestaurants.
Amy’s Ice Creams. 10000 Research Blvd. 512-345-1006, amysicecreams.com. Luscious scoops of ice cream sprinkled with eccentricity.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. 9400B Arboretum Blvd. 512-342-2642, eddiev.com. Enjoy shrimp cocktail and a martini, or a steak and Manhattan after a long day of shopping.
Elevation Burger. 9828 Great Hills Trail. 512-608-4054, elevationburger.com. Organic grass-fed burgers and creamy shakes.
Estância Churrascaria. 10000 Research Blvd. 512-345-5600, estanciachurrascaria.com. If you’re going to be shopping all day, you’ll need some protein. This restaurant answers the question “Where’s the beef?” And the chicken, pork, and lamb.
Manuel’s. 10201 Jollyville Rd. 512-345-1042, manuels.com. Check out the nice roster of seafood and rellenos selections at this off-shoot of the longtime downtown favorite.
Texadelphia. 9828 Great Hills Trail. 512-338-1338, texadelphia.com. You’re gonna need a nap after all of this meaty-cheesy goodness.
Z’Tejas. 9400 Arboretum Blvd. 512-346-3506, ztejas.com. One of the first Southwestern specialists in town has serious staying power thanks to dishes like chili pork verde and chicken-fried chicken.
Cru. 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104. 512-339-9463, cruawinebar.com. Choose from a large list of small plates, or get a steak for yourself, at this wine bar that offers a touch of sophistication amidst the shopping madness.
Gloria’s. 3309 Esperanza Crossing. 512-833-6400, gloriasrestaurants.com. Classic El Salvadoran cuisine and Tex-Mex share menu space.
Jasper’s. 11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128. 512834-411, kentrathbun.com. Chop-house favorites with a Texas flare at chef Kent Rathbun’s restaurant.
Punch Bowl Social. 11310 Domain Dr. 512-368-9070, punchbowlsocial.com. American standards at breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at this restaurant-entertainment space that features a bowling alley.
Hill Country Galleria
Amy’s Ice Creams. 13420 Galleria Circle. 512-263-2903, amysicecreams.com. Luscious scoops of ice cream sprinkled with eccentricity.
Buenos Aires Café. 13500 Galleria Circle. 512-441-9000, buenosairescafe.com. This Argentine café serves excellent empandas (for meat-lovers and vegetarians) and make a fantastic chimichurri to go with their steaks (and steak sandwiches).
Café Blue. 12921 Hill Country Blvd. D2-120. 512-366-5230, cafebluetx.com. A bistro menu starring oysters and a host of bountiful seafood salads.
Iron Cactus. 13420 Galleria Circle A128. 512-263-7636, ironcactus.com. Settle in with a margarita to go with a bowl of chips and queso.
Madam Mam’s. 929 Market St. 512-263-7507, madammam.com. Thai staples like papaya salad and pad Thai at the western outpost of this campus-area favorite.
Schmidt Family Barbecue. 12532 Bee Caves Rd. 512-263-4060, schmidtfamilybarbecue.com. Two barbecue families stopped squabbling and started smoking, and brought Bee Caves a taste of Lockhart.
Tadashi. 12820 Hill Country Blvd. #105. 512-263-3200, tadashiaustin.com. Hot and cold entrees in addition to a long roster of sushi rolls and nigiri.
Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza. 12800 Hill Country Blvd. G160. 512-263-3473, tonycs.com. Serving up pizzas with a puffed crunchy edge and chewy center.
Verts Kebap. 12800 Galleria Circle. 512-369-3918, vertskebap.com. Get roasted chicken or lamb/beef combo stuffed in a warm pita or layered in a fresh salad.
Zingers Bar & Grill. 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 512-524-2434, zingersbarandgrill.com. Zingers specializes in sandwiches, salads and Southwestern fare.
Yaghi’s New York Pizzeria. 12400 Texas 71. 512-402-0202, yaghisnewyorkpizzeria.com. This pizza spots serves creative offerings like a lasagna pizza, as well as an array of Buffalo wing options.
Green Mesquite BBQ. 9900 S. I-35. 512-282-7100, gmsouthpark.com. Smoked meats that won’t break the bank and don’t require a long wait. Try the brisket-loaded baked potato.
PhoNatic. 9900 S. I-35. 512-291-8220, pho-natic.com. Solid Vietnamese classics like restorative bowls of pho and modern spins like banh mi “sliders.”
Serranos. 9500 S. I-35. 512-280-7770, serranostx.com. This operation has been serving Austin Tex-Mex staples for almost 30 years.
Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods. 9900 S. I-35. 512-280-7400, specsonline.com. Browse the salami and cheese selections for a snack or dig in with a fat burger or stacked sandwich.
Third Base. 9600 S. I-35. 512-381-2273, thirdbaseaustin.com. Watch the game with a cold one and some upscale bar food while the rest of the family shops.
Waterloo Ice House. 9600 S I-35. 512-292-7900, waterlooicehouse.com. A family-friendly stop that offers something for everyone.
Doc’s Bar & Grill. 5207 Brodie Ln. 512-892-5200, eatdrinkdocs.com. A great outdoor space to let the little ones burn off some energy, Tex-Mex platters, big burgers, and a huge beer selection make this place good for the whole family.
IM Thai. 5207 Brodie Ln. 512-892-2744, imthaicuisine.com. From spring rolls to sticky rice with mango, this local spot has your Thai needs covered.
Luby’s. 5200 Brodie Ln. 512-892-0297, lubys.com. Everyone’s got his favorite dish at this Texas classic. What’s yours?
Mighty Fine. 5601 Brodie Ln. 512-735-2800, mightyfineburgers.com. Burgers, shakes, and friendly service are hallmarks of this clean, airy burger joint.
St. Philip. 4715 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-358-7445, stpaustin.com. An enticing array of small plates, Neapolitan pizzas, and excellent pastries make this pizza parlor and bakeshop from the Uchi family a welcome addition to South Austin.
Tarka Indian Kitchen. 5207 Brodie Ln. 512-892-2008, tarkaindiankitchen.com. Fast-casual concept from Clay Pit owners serves flavorful curries, fluffy naan, and refreshing mango-lemonade.
Zoës Kitchen. 5601 Brodie Ln. 512-358-0888, zoeskitchen.com. Roasted vegetables, grilled meats, fresh salads, and a gooey grilled pimento cheese put this chain on my list of preferred stops.