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Outstanding hip restaurant featuring a full bar, locally raosted coffee, cheese, charcuterie, oysters and Texas pasture raised meats. Features a popular weekend brunch and one of a kind nightly dinner entrees.
I paid $14.00 plus tax and tip for Big Brekkie for WILTED mixed greens, and ONE 1/2 inch wide of small avocado with two eggs, COLD grits and small MINI biscuit. I got the small avocado in place of bacon. I can't help feeling ripped...off.More
If you are in a hurry, this is not for you. But if you want a delicious meal in a relaxed, pleasant environment, then definitely stop. We were fortunate to have stopped on a very pleasant, cool night, and the restaurant was not crowded. The...Brussels sprouts are a must-have. One of us had the scallops with orzo - outstanding - one of us had the Niçoise salad - yum - and one the hamburger. All were excellent and well worth the price. What we loved was that we did not have waiters constantly checking on us. They wanted us to have a nice time and were not pushing us to clear the table. We highly recommend this restaurant, both for its ambiance and for its quality!More
We visited Hillside Farmacy during our recent visit to Austin for a long weekend. We were excited to support another restaurant locally sourcing their food, and arrived just before opening. As a line cued on the street, 9:00am came and went. Finally, at 9:10am or...so, one of us tried the door, as no lights were on and no one came to open up the front door to let us know they were ready. I realize we could have checked, but anyone who works in food service knows people beating down the door before opening is obnoxious and we were trying to be respectful.
Once seated, we noted it was incredibly dark (no lights turned on) and the space smelled odd... a little dank and musty, which isn't super appetizing for a morning meal. Our server was nice enough, but forgot several items (coffee, then the cream, then the water, etc.) and often needed a reminder. If it had been slammed, I would have understood, but there were only a handful of tables seated, and lots of staff milling about.
We ordered the BBQ SHRIMP, LOBSTER GRAVY & GRITS and BRUNCHY MONTE CRISTO after our first option, the frittata, was not available. The shrimp and grits dish was tasty, but the gravy was sparse, and the grits were too dry. The monte cristo was good, but the bread was very soggy, which made the sandwich less-than-desirable after the first few bites. We also ordered biscuits which were overdone, and the butter was so hard it wouldn't spread and didn't taste like honey... just butter.
Overall, we had very high hopes for this restaurant, especially given the "Pharmacy" to "Farmacy" idea, and the "food as medicine" concept. However, if you're in Austin for a limited time, there are better options to try that provide a better overall experience.More
This is a good place for breakfast. Very unique Bloody Mary. The eggs were cooked perfect and the atmosphere was very Austin. My only complaint is that we had to wait a long time for our table and then were asked to leave as soon...as we were finished because they had so many people waiting.More
Fun atmosphere - we had an afternoon drink at the bar - aperol spritz was good - unfortunately the bartender was not especially friendly, as we felt as if we were bothering him by being there. Too bad because we would have stayed longer, or...gone back for dinner or brunch, had we felt welcomed there.More
Date of visit: January 2020
Jadep739, Owner at Hillside Farmacy, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about your experience at our restaurant. Do you remember roughly what time you were in that afternoon or what the bartender looked like? My apologies, Jade
Offering a raw bar, burgers, and home-cooked meals this restaurant was welcoming and comfortable. I had the Texas grass-fed beef burger which is a staple on the menu and I can see why locals would crave it and come often. And, with a side of...salt and vinegar fries, my choice seemed made in heaven. My travel partner had the roasted chicken over a bed of cauliflower gratin. He enjoyed his meal as well. Both entrees were excellent comfort style food on a chilly night. The staff was pleasant and attentive. The decor was old pharmacy cupboards with the spices and condiments lined up as the 'medicinal' offerings for diners. Glad we found this spotMore
Had to grab a quick breakfast before leaving Austin, and this spot really delivered. I loved the decor, had great service the whole time and they were quite fast. The food was also very tasty, as was the coffee.
An adorable eatery with the most delicious comfort food. The Mac n cheese starter was delectable and the perfect sharing size for 3-4 people. The burger was delicious as well and the fries were top notch. The decor is perfect and we loved our server...as well. Will definitely return next time in Austin.More
A friend visiting from DC read very good reviews about this restaurant so we went for brunch on a beautiful Sunday. We found nearby off street parking and did not have to wait for a table even tho it was crowded and lively. We both...had the Big Brekkie which was yummy. We would recommend and return.More