This month we’re spotlighting Leander, Texas, a suburb of Austin, Texas.  This week we’re going to be sharing all the great dining and entertainment options in this growing area, which saw it’s population nearly double just between 2000 and 2003!
 If you when you think of dining options in the suburbs, you think of chains, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised when you get hungry in Leander.  Lower land costs keep retail rents down, thereby allowing mom and pop restaurants to flourish.
Say you’re in the mood for Italian food. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with The Olive Garden, but wouldn’t  you rather go to Luigi’s Italian Restaurant? This family owned place is beloved for its homemade pizza, pasta and sauces, as well as excellent service.  Keep in mind the dining room is very open, so it might be a better choice for a boisterous family get together than a romantic candlelight dinner.
Mexican more what your tastebuds are angling for?  Is it late and your tummy’s rumbling after a fun night out?  Sure you could drive through Taco Bell (on second thought, don’t), but why not check out Elotes Locos, an unassuming taco truck located in the HEB parking lot that is revered for its incredible Tacos al Pastor and low prices.  Delicioso!
It may be beautiful weather outside right now, but it’s never too early to plan for the 10 months of the year that the mercury hits 100. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but just a slight one!  Quarry Splash Pad is an unusual way to cool off in Leander.  This city-owned water park is just $1 per person if you choose to enter the splash pad, but parents can just stay close by and relax while watching their little ones get wet in the fenced-in splash pad.    A great way to beat the Texas heat!
While not technically in Leander, Cedar Park Center is less than 10 minutes away and is a great place to see touring concerts, the Texas Stars play Hockey or the Austin Toros play basketball.