This revived historic East Austin landmark showcases "simple" but "unique" American large and small plates and "inventive" cocktails, all made with "locally sourced" ingredients; reports on the service vary, but most are charmed by the setting, comprising white honeycomb floors, glass chandeliers, copper-topped tables and reclaimed cabinetry and artifacts from an old Central Texas pharmacy.
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 nineteenth-century pharmacy cabinets and hex-tiled...
Deep down in the history vault of east Austin, there lies proof that Hillside Farmacy was, indeed, once a pharmacy (the "ph" kind). Which makes the throwback feel appropriate: The atmosphere is 1920s-feeling restaurant with tiny white tiles all over the walls, and dishes include boutique American/continental fare, like mac n' cheese carbonara (the classic with upscale touches like pancetta and mornay sauce). Order their Wasabi Bloody Mary, which is Asian spicy and yummy.
Love the vintage vibes of this little eatery. The decor is sweet. We enjoyed the brunch which was full of both sweet and savory dishes, including a breakfast style Mac and cheese!