January 17, 2014

Austin's fifth Whole Foods opens on DomainAnother Whole Foods Market has just opened in Austin, this one on Domain Drive. This is the fifth of the popular health foods grocery chain to come to Austin.

The mega-grocery store is known for its local and organic focus and the new Domain location lives up to this reputation. The store’s 63,000 square feet house such local favorites as Silverleaf International salsa and Paqui tortilla chips as well as numerous bars and eateries.

One such eatery, the Draft Shack, is a combination draft house and seafood shack serving up classics such as grilled oysters, gumbo and BBQ shrimp alongside a selection of 45 beers on tap. The Eater reported that the Draft Shack will also include chef Rachel Dunlap’s miso-glazed oyster from Foreign and Domestic’s Indie Chefs Week as a secret menu item. For those who would rather cook their own seafood at home, the seafood counter sells sushi-grade fish alongside barrels of raw oysters for shucking at home.

Besides the Draft Shack, those looking to grab a drink can head to Public Domain, a bar located inside a shipping container. This bar will focus on beer while also offering bratwurst to guests enjoying some live music in the outdoor area.

Many other walk-up counters are featured at the Austin Domain location. Perhaps the most highly anticipated of these is the ramen counter that will serve variations on the popular Japanese noodle. This ramen counter is joined by a sushi bar, a taco bar and even a fresh-pressed juice bar.

Students of our Austin culinary arts program will be happy to know that this newest Whole Foods location is only 10 minutes away from campus, making it the perfect place to stop for ingredients to use in your home cooking.