I completed a 11-day winter detox this past week. For my first meal post-detox, I had two requirements: ridiculously good coffee and a restaurant that had options that wouldn’t ruin all the work I had just completed. The vintage + eclectic East Austin spot, Hillside Farmacy, was just what the health coach ordered!
Walk through the doors and you take a step back in time. You are greeted by the host-with-the-most complete with a comb stuck in his boot for that slick hair part.
The tin ceiling, antique wooden display cases, and hex-tiled floor remain from the original pharmacy.
The menu is full of farm fresh fares; many items are hand picked from East Austin farms. The menu changes with the seasons, and daily specials vary based on availability of ingredients.
For brunch, there are a few menu items you must try: house punch– gin, bubbles, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit juice (a glass is $4; a bowl that serves 20 is $50!), Stumptown Coffee– single shot of espresso, cheese plate– farmhouse and artisanal cheese, marmalade, candied pumpkin seeds, and local Round Rock honey, house salad & sunny coast– flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hands croissant, cheese, tomatoes, eggs, and ham.
Hillside’s breads, pastries, brownies, cookies, tarts, and ice creams change daily. The lemon tart and the cinnamon ice cream were ridiculously rich and did not disappoint. I could only have a couple of bites!
First taste of delicious espresso post-detox! Bliss!
Located: 1209 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas, 78702
Hours: Sun-Wed 9am-10pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-11pm
Reservations taken for parties 6+