Going to the mall is a timeless activity that can be enjoyable or a chore, including the Barton Creek Square Mall. Pro: buying things, great deals. Cons: crowds, spending too much money, etc. Any shopping excursion will require fuel in the form of food and drink.
In light of Black Friday, here is Eater’s guide to the best eating and drinking bets at the Barton Creek Square Mall, aside from those free chicken teriyaki and pretzel samples. Shop with full stomachs.
For more shopping/dining guides, check out Eater’s Domain restaurant and bar map and Austin’s best restaurant and shop hybrids. Local restaurants are also offering Black Friday dining and drinking deals.
Location: Lower Level, across from AMC Barton Creek Square Theater
The dine-in mega-chain is the perfect mall restaurant. It’s indulgent, it appeals to all cravings (salads to pizza to burgers to pasta to steak to fish to omelettes to even truffle-bacon grilled cheese sticks), and there are over 50 different types of cheesecake. And then there’s the expansive cocktail menu.
Location: Lower Level, next to AMC Barton Creek Square Theater
The Asian restaurant dishes up sushi, bento boxes with Japanese and Korean dishes, sushi and sashimi, and plenty of kimchi. There are a plethora of bubble teas, which is just right for shopping.
Nordstrom Cafe Bistro
Location: Within Nordstrom, Upper Level
The higher-end department store's dine-in restaurant serves up expected bistro fare that’s pretty decent. The menu includes salads with crab, deviled eggs, sandwiches and paninis like the French dip, pizzas, and more. As for heartier entrees, there’s crab mac and cheese, roasted chicken and french fries, and risotto. There’s a special menu for children, with chicken fingers and grilled cheese sandwiches. Duck into the store’s cafe, Ebar, for coffee and pastries.
California Pizza Kitchen
Location: Upper Level, in between Gymboree and Gap
Another classic mall restaurant, the dine-in chain is another surefire bet with pizza (of course), flatbreads, pasta, tortilla spring rolls, and grain/vegetable bowls. For drinks, there are cocktails and teas.
Marble Slab Creamery
Location: Upper Level, food court, next to Chick-fil-A
The Texas-born ice cream chain franchise offers up its frozen sweets at the counter in the food court. The numerous creamy flavors range from classics like vanilla and mint to fun combinations like pumpkin cheesecake and marshmallow. Formats include cones, cups, floats, and even banana splits.