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Your guide to the 4 top spots in Austin's North Shoal Creek neighborhood

Jack Allen's Kitchen. | Photo: Nutchanat P./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 20, 2020.

Spending time in North Shoal Creek? Get to know this Austin neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a karaoke and sports bar to a Southern-inspired eatery.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in North Shoal Creek, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. The Common Interest

Photo: jacques i./Yelp

Topping the list is sports bar, karaoke and traditional American spot The Common Interest. Located at 8440 Burnet Road, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 153 reviews on Yelp.

The takeout menu features beer battered fries, bean and cheese nachos, chicken quesadillas and more. Expect private karaoke rooms for up to 30 people and plenty of TVs for sports watching, notes the business' Yelp page.  

2. Gene Rogers Optical

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Next is eyewear and opticians spot Gene Rogers Optical, situated at 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 404 With five stars out of 194 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

Gene Rogers Optical stocks a variety of designer brands including Dutz, Modo and Versace. Whether you need a pair of lenses repaired or new eyeglasses, expect this family business to deliver personalized service, according to Yelpers. 

3. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana

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Italian spot DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana, which offers pizza and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 8000 Burnet Road, 4.5 stars out of 666 reviews. 

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana offers pizzas, calzones, desserts and wines in a family-friendly atmosphere. Try the San Gennaro pizza, which is made with sausage, peppadews, garlic, caramelized onions and scamorza, mozzarella and pecorino romano cheeses); the classic Margherita and lasagna pies are also popular. (Check out the menu here.) 

4. Jack Allen's Kitchen

Photo: Jill L./Yelp

Jack Allen's Kitchen, a traditional American and Southern spot, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 276 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3010 W. Anderson Lane, Suite D, to see for yourself.   

Courtesy of owner and chef Jack Allen, this spot serves up Southern-inspired options like Baja-style fish tacos, a twisted Cobb salad and chicken fried chicken, which is smothered in green Chile gravy with chunky red smashers and chef ’s veggies). Finish off your meal with one of the house-made desserts.

Many of your favorite foods are also available from the to-go menu here.


This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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