Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adorn Modern's Guide to North Austin

North Side – 2222 to Parmer, East to I-35
West to Spicewood Springs Road

Terra Toys
This is a really fun store for adults and kids alike. They have an extensive selection of Hello Kitty items, fun candy and lots of incredible toys, books and kids clothes. The staff is really friendly and knowledgeable.

2438 W Anderson Ln C1

Monday - Saturday 9-8; Sunday 12-6

800-247-TOYS / 512-445-4489

Sea of Beads

Just down the sidewalk is one my favorite Bead Stores … Sea of Beads. There is indeed a sea of beads! So much to choose from and great prices. There is usually a class going on and the last time I stopped in the owner was at the store and very nice!

2438 W Anderson Ln. Ste C6B

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm


Nomadic Notions

Another beautiful store full of lovely beads, a couple of intersections to the West of Sea of Beads.

3010 W. Anderson Ln


Monday - Saturday 11-7, Sunday 12-5


AustiNuts is an Austin based company specializing in dry roasted nuts, healthy snacks, gourmet chocolate and candies. The selection in this little store is incredible. You can buy in bulk and there is an endless variety of healthy nuts, chocolate and tons of candy. The is a great place to buy a fun local gift to take back home, if you can resist eating it yourself!

2900 West Anderson Lane

Monday - Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6


Alamo Drafthouse Village

Movies, food, and beer. What more can I say? Check the website for screenings and special events.

2700 West Anderson Lane

San Francisco Bakery

This family owned favorite has been a north Austin neighborhood staple since 1995. Breakfast features coffee, tea, delectable pastries and baked goods, and freshly made omelettes. For lunch, choose from a number of custom made sandwiches with your pick of house made fresh breads.

2900 West Anderson Lane, Suite L

(512) 302-3420

Monday - Friday 7-6, Saturday 7-3, Closed Sunday

Korea House

Authentic Korean cuisine and affordable sushi bar. The beef bulgoki is the best in town, and the bi bim bab and gyoza potstickers are great too.

2700 West Anderson Lane

(512) 458-2477

Monday - Thursday 11-10; Friday - Saturday 11-11; Sunday noon-10

Hil-Bert’s Hamburgers

This local burger place has great hamburgers, I love the whole wheat buns. The shakes and fries are excellent too!

7211 Burnet Road

(512) 452-2317

Daily 10 - 10

Top Notch Burgers

This is a local classic and the sign is an Austin Icon. You might also recognize the exterior from the movie Dazed and Confused. Recently taken over by a local restaurant group it still serves up great hamburgers. I really like their fried chicken!

7525 Burnet Road

(512) 452-2181

Genuine Joe Coffeehouse This is a really eclectic coffee house conveniently located right on Anderson Lane, featuring grab n go breakfast tacos and baked goods in the morning, and great coffee drinks and desserts all day and night. Great place to meet and hang out.

2001 W. Anderson Lane
Monday - Friday 7-11, Saturday - Sunday 8-11

Kim Phung Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant

Kim Phung on North Lamar has been around since the 80s and was one of the first Pho restaurants in North Austin. It is consistently tasty, their menu is huge and the prices are very reasonable.

7601 North Lamar Blvd Suite 1

(512) 451-2464

Antique Mall

Burnet at 183 next to skating Rink

NXNW Brew Pub and Restaurant

North by Northwest is a great brew/pub restaurant. The beer is wonderful and the food is excellent. It has a nice cozy upscale atmosphere and live music at selected times.

10010 Capital of TX Hwy N
(512) 467-6969

Manuel's Mexican Restaurant

This restaurant features one of the best happy hours in town, great seafood and fresh handmade tortillas. Grab a margarita on the patio and relax Austin style.

10201 Jollyville Rd
(512) 345-1042

Ventana Restaurant at Texas Culinary Academy

This is a fabulous place to get a 5 star meal at ridiculously low prices. The students cook and serve the meals in this beautiful restaurant as part of their course work. It is a wonderful value and a really great place for fine dining on a budget. Check the menus on their web site to see what they have in store for the day.

11400 Burnet Road

(512) 339-3850
Tuesday - Friday 11-1:30

Dinner: Tuesday - Friday 5:30-8:15

Spicewood Springs/183 Strip Mall

North Austin is Strip Mall city but tucked away in them are many great local places. The strip mall at Spicewood Springs and 183 is a perfect example with a great cultural mix including an Indian Grocery, Asian Market, two Chinese restaurants, great BBQ and the best Cajun food in town.

Cupprimo Cupcakery & Coffee Spot

Great cupcakes including minis and a rotating variety. The owner is super friendly and really involved in community activities.

650 Spicewood Springs RD # 105

(512) 335-7746

Sambet’s Cajun Deli and Firey Foods

Sambet’s is the best Cajun food in Austin and serves up huge Muffalettas, great gumbo and lots of funky atmosphere. They have a huge selection of hot sauces lining the walls. It looks like a hot sauce museum. The owners are wonderful and remember your name.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste 111

(512) 258-6410

Monday – Thursday 11–8, Friday & Saturday 11- 9

Lovey’s Loot

Lovey Alden Brown, the owner of Lovey’s Loot is usually at the store and is great fun to meet. She is doing her best to keep North Austin Weird. Great selection of vintage and new clothing along with a funky art gallery next door. Lovey recently opened an Etsy shop
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. Suite 107


Lori Hooks

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