Alamo Quarry Market may be its official name, but no one ever calls this popular mall anything but "The Quarry" (from the early 1900s until 1985, the property was in fact a cement quarry). The four smokestacks, lit up dramatically at night, now signal play, not work. There are no anchoring department stores, but a series of large emporiums (Old Navy; Bed, Bath & Beyond; OfficeMax; and Borders) and smaller upscale boutiques (Laura Ashley, Aveda, and Lucchese Gallery) will keep you spending. A multiplex cinema and an array of refueling stations -- Chili's and Starbucks, as well as the more upscale Koi Kowa, a revolving sushi bar, and Piatti's, an Italian eatery well liked by locals -- complete this low-slung temple to self-indulgence.
- © Frommer's 2013