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Southlake Town Square: The Anti-Mall Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed…

Ah, traffic. Your favorite pastime, right? Nothing like idling your engine in gridlock, blasting the A/C, just praying your gas gauge doesn’t flatline before you reach your destination. Well, take a breather, friend. Southlake Town Square is that oasis in the asphalt desert you’ve been yearning for.

Southlake Town Square City Hall - Kenneth Holland

Tucked into the heart of Texas, this picturesque hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment is just the reprieve you need from your rubber-on-the-road routine. Imagine that—substituting bumper-to-bumper stress for a leisurely stroll, your honking symphony swapped for the dulcet tones of laughing shoppers and clinking dinnerware. Now doesn’t that sound dreamy? So, buckle up and set your GPS. Here’s a shortlist of the spots you don’t want to miss…

Southlake Town Square: A Journey Through Time, Sort Of

Contrary to what your weathered soul might suggest, Southlake Town Square isn’t as ancient as the pyramids. Built in 1999, it’s a bit of a late bloomer compared to some of the older Texan establishments. But don’t let its youth fool you—Southlake has more than made up for lost time. And no, it wasn’t built by cowboys, although its charm might make you think otherwise. This quaint town square, with its old-world charm and modern amenities, is just about as ’90s as frosted tips and baggy jeans—only it aged a whole lot better.

Southlake Town Square - Main Street - Kenneth Holland

Southlake Town Square: A Maze of Stores and Restaurants (Seriously)

Wondering how many stores and restaurants are stuffed into Southlake Town Square? Get ready for a brain workout. With over 120 retail outlets and a staggering number of more than 50 restaurants open, the square is not just a haven for shopaholics and foodies—it’s a veritable paradise.

Think of it like a buffet—there’s something for every taste and every occasion, from fast fashion to high-end designer brands, from gourmet burgers to fine dining experiences. Let’s be clear here; it’s not just a random mash-up of stores and eateries but a carefully curated collection designed to cater to your ever-fluctuating needs and whims. So whether you’re on the hunt for that elusive piece to complete your summer wardrobe or trying to find the perfect spot to cure your sushi cravings, Southlake Town Square has got you covered.

Remember, pacing yourself is key here, folks. Take it slow. With so many options at your disposal, the last thing you want to do is burn out before you’ve had the chance to sample that double chocolate gelato from the Italian bistro at the corner store. After all, life’s too short for shopping regrets and missed dessert opportunities.

The Cream of the Crop: Stand-Out Stores

Gorjana: Not Just Another Pretty Face

Hey, fashionistas and style gurus! You may think you’ve seen all Southlake Town Square has to offer, but hold on to your well-coordinated hats. You’re not done until you’ve set foot in Gorjana. This upscale jewelry boutique is a must-visit for anyone with an eye for timeless, handcrafted pieces that make a statement—without screaming it from the rooftops. Think of Gorjana as that secret ingredient in your style recipe that makes everyone go, “Wow, you look fabulous!” without being able to put their finger on exactly why. Their delicate, layerable pieces are the sartorial version of a chef’s kiss—simple, yet utterly transformative.

And if your bookworm tendencies are calling, you should answer at the Barnes & Noble. Yes, I hear you: “But those are everywhere!” True, but not like this one. Picture this space: a two-story bookstore complete with a cozy café and an extensive magazine collection. It’s a bibliophile’s paradise and an espresso lover’s dream.

EVO Entertainment: Who Needs AMC?

Southlake Town Square EVO Entertainment - Kenneth Holland

Now, onto entertainment. Once upon a time, Southlake Town Square had an AMC theater. But hey, who wants yesterday’s news when you can have tomorrow’s headliner? Enter EVO Entertainment. Replacing the city and former cinema mainstay, EVO is the place to catch the latest blockbuster, indie darling, or cult classic while enjoying some gourmet grub.

Imagine this: a state-of-the-art, laser-projected movie, a fully reclining leather seat, wine and some truffle parmesan fries. Is there a better way to watch a film? We think not. EVO Entertainment isn’t just a cinema; it’s an experience. It’s like trading in your old family car for a sleek sports model—still does the job, but with a lot more style and a turbo boost. You might just find yourself going for the experience, even if the movie isn’t quite Oscar-worthy.

Dining Delights: Restaurants that Stand Out

Southlake Town Square - Truluck's - Kenneth Holland

As for the dining scene, let’s just say, if you can’t find something you love at Southlake Town Square, you might be a robot. But, hey, even robots need oil, and the Square is the place to be.

For the carnivores among you, Del Frisco’s Grille is a must-visit restaurant. Their steaks are the stuff of legend—charred to perfection and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It’s an oasis of bovine delight in the desert of everyday dining.

You have your chains, of course. But I still think Cheesecake Factory (one in the town square) deserves a mention. Quite simply, their food is really good, and who can pass up that yummy free squaw bread?

Meanwhile, if your culinary preferences lean towards the sea, the fabulous sushi and sashimi offerings at Dragon House are sure to tickle your taste buds. Think of it as an under-the-sea adventure for your palate.

Sure, plenty of your standard pizza joints and burger shacks are in attendance, but the Square’s dining scene is anything but ordinary. So go ahead, take a bite. Or several. We won’t judge.

How to Get There

So you’ve got your game face on and you’re ready to conquer Southlake Town Square? Excellent choice, my friend. Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth, this shopping paradise is a cinch to get to. Just hop onto TX-114 W if you’re coming from Dallas, or TX-121 N if Fort Worth is your starting point. Keep an eye out for the E Southlake Blvd exit—that’s your golden ticket. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it; it’s just a stone’s throw from its much older and slightly more rustic brother, Grapevine. Yes, Southlake may be the new kid on the block, but it’s got all the charm and none of the dust. Welcome to your new home away from home.

Southlake Town Square Water Fountain - Kenneth Holland

Dive Deeper

We’ve strolled through the not-so-ancient history of Southlake Town Square, counted (sort of) its plentiful stores and Southlake restaurants, highlighted some must-see spots like Gorjana and EVO Entertainment, and hopefully added a generous dollop of style to your day. But remember, my friends, this is just the tip of the Texas-sized iceberg.

If your curiosity is piqued—and really, it should be—click those handy links scattered throughout my article like digital breadcrumbs. They’re your passport to a deeper dive into this suburban oasis. Southlake Town Square isn’t just a place to shop; it’s an experience, an adventure, a choose-your-own-adventure story where retail therapy meets gastronomic joy. So, lace up your most comfortable shoes, prepare your palate, and take a day—or several—to explore. Southlake is waiting, folks. And trust me, you won’t want to keep it waiting.

[Images by Kenneth Holland except where otherwise noted]