I looked it up on mapquest and when you dine out in that area, I would limit yourself the the restaurants that are right on 290 -- there are lots of good ones and lots of choices. Logan's Roadhouse is a good choice for casual (steaks, chicken, salads, burgers, etc.). ... I wouldn't go into some of the areas along the side and cross streets in that immediate area (unless you are someone who is familiar with that area. If you get to Beltway 8, then you are fine on the other streets.
There is a mall at 290 and 610 called Northwest Mall - not much there and really wouldn't advise going there -- it's been on the decline for years. If you do go to a mall, you may as well drive to the Galleria.