At one point crossing the Colorado River near the Mansfield Dam, the winding RM 620 stretches all the way from Round Rock to far West Austin to Lakeway, ending at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave.
For many of the people who live in these suburban communities, 620 is the main artery in and out of their neighborhoods. Though the section of 620 that runs through far West Austin is about a 30-minute drive from the core of the city, the rest of it even farther away, there’s still plenty to do along the road. Here’s what you should visit.
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, 8300 N. FM 620. With a seasonally driven food menu, an extensive menu of craft cocktails and a warm, wood-accented dining area, the second local restaurant of Chef Amir Hajimaleki offers all the sophisticated trappings of a downtown date night — but it’s about five minutes from RM 2222.
His other upscale eatery, District Kitchen + Cocktails, is in the Circle C neighborhood on Slaughter Lane. Hajimaleki has made his mark with both places by bringing "the downtown vibe to the suburbs," he said.
"We decided to open Oasthouse in the Four Points area because the neighborhood really needed a chef-driven place for date night and family night," he said.RELATED: Oasthouse chefs competing on ‘Sugar Rush,’ new Netflix cooking challenge show
Hudson’s Hill Country, 3509 N. FM 620. The fine dining reboot of a reboot, the legacy restaurant reopened this spring with "a menu that riffs on the Hill Country classics that were the staples of the Hudson’s menu," such as wild and exotic game dishes, according to American-Statesman food writer Matthew Odam.
Noble Sandwich Co., 12233 FM 620 N. #105. One of the best sandwich spots in town is an unassuming storefront near Anderson Mill. (There’s also a location on Burnet Road.) Open for breakfast and lunch, Noble Sandwich has something for just about every meaty and vegetarian craving you might have.
Urban Air Adventure Park, 13201 N. FM 620. A kid’s paradise awaits at this newly open indoor park. Urban Air has just about everything to keep your kids and their friends active throughout an afternoon: trampolines, dodge ball courts, airbag drop zones, slam dunk zone, tumbling track, indoor playground, an obstacle course and more.
Pricing at the Cedar Park facility is affordable and depends upon how much — and what kind — of activity your family wants to do. Just want to jump around on the trampolines? That’s $12.99 per kid, 6 years and up.
Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620. In the same shopping complex as Oasthouse is a theater chain that rivals local favorite Alamo Drafthouse. Relax in cushy reclining armchairs while enjoying dinner and a movie — and a cocktail or two. There’s a special brunch menu during the morning hours on weekdays and through early afternoon on weekends.
Jenna’s Asian Kitchen, 12300 N. FM 620. Expect traditional Asian dishes served with a modern flair at this sleek, airy Anderson Mill restaurant run by Seoul native chef Jenna Choe and her husband and partner, Min Choe.
Oasis, Texas Brewing, 6550 Comanche Trail #301. No, the popular Oasis complex with picturesque Lake Travis views isn’t on 620, but it’s close enough to merit a mention — the top-story brewery in particular. The sprawling indoor-outdoor tasting room offers house-made beers like the award-winning Luchesa Lager as well as a food menu of upscale bar bites like duck confit poutine and a wagyu burger.
Torchy’s Tacos, 11521 N. FM 620. What more needs to be said of this rapidly expanding local taco chain, which has a location in an Anderson Mill shopping center? You either love ‘em or go to Tacodeli.
Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. T-100. FM 620 dead-ends at the intersection of Highway 71 and this impressively sized center in Bee Cave. The outdoor mall has a Whole Foods, a Cinemark theater, a Barnes & Noble and a Dillard’s, in addition to a variety of boutique stores and eateries, so there’s no need to go into town to get your shopping done.RELATED: One of Austin’s original beer bars, the Ginger Man opens Bee Cave location
Mansfield Dam Park, 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd. You can’t beat the panoramic views of Lake Travis from the western side of Mansfield Dam. The park off 620 serves as one of the main lake entry points for boaters, but it’s also got picnic sites, a playground, chess tables, a hiking trail and more. Diving is also possible from Mansfield Dam Park.
The 620 corridor is only going to become more of a bustling, family-focused dining destination in the coming years. One new project was announced just today: Galaxy Cafe’s fourth Austin location will open in Steiner Ranch early next year, at 5145 N. FM 620.