Hillside Farmacy Pharmacy Sonya Coté Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy

1209 E. 11th St. (Rosewood Ave.)
Austin, TX 78702
Cuisine: American / Eclectic / Raw Bar
A winner for best art direction of a restaurant, Hillside Farmacy also offers a hyper-fresh menu of casual fare that’s quite good, too.
Openings: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Hillside Farmacy, Austin, TX

Hillside Farmacy Restaurant Review:

Perhaps the exclamation point for the positive impact of East Austin’s gentrification, the former Hillside Drugstore building was transformed into an eatery that’s honey to the hipster swarms. The structure (more recently a po’ boy dive) was refurbished by restaurant designers Mickie Spencer and Greg and Jade Mathews. The motif is set with 19th-century pharmacy cabinets and hex-tiled floors and a tin ceiling. The play-on-words “Farmacy” refers to the hyper-local focus of the ingredients. Entrées from chef Sonya Coté, of East Side ShowRoom fame, range from cheese ravioli with veggie ragoût to a bone-in pork chop with brandied peaches; the raw bar features a range of oysters. One can’t help but smile when selecting the soul-warming ratatouille. Refined sandwiches (like the Italian stallion with ham, capicola, aged provolone, olive tapenade, red wine vinaigrette, pickled peppers and arugula on focaccia) are equally satisfying at lunch, dinner or late-night. Where Coté soars in culinary vision, the execution sometimes falls a little short. Service can be a bit ambivalent, but it coincides with the vibe. Brunch is packed (and worth the jostling for seats), so we recommend arriving on the early side.

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