In the 1950s, the building that houses this hot little eatery/specialty grocery store was the Hillside Drugstore. Today the space has been meticulously restored, right down to the original pharmacy cabinetry. Set in a Kermit the Frog-colored building with a green and white striped awning and little bistro tables out front, the café plays up its sweet juxtaposition of vintage and modern décor. (I wish I had those upside-down copper pot light fixtures in my kitchen at home). I also love the black and white French-inspired wallpaper. Hillside is garnering quite a following in its hip East Austin location, on an up-and-coming street. This is a bright, happy place for weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner, not to mention afternoon tea, soups, salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie. It's even got a raw oyster bar. Most everything on chef Sonya Cote's menu is pleasing, especially comfort food like baked mac 'n' cheese, and the fresh watermelon and spinach salad. There's a full bar and a good happy hour, and the kitchen stays open 'til midnight. This part of town is the place to watch for the emerging Austin food scene, and special spots like neighbors Blue Dahlia and Franklin Barbecue are also not to be missed.
1209 E. 11th St.
Our Rating Neighborhood East Side/Central Hours Sun–Wed 9am–10pm, Thurs–Sat 9am–11pm Phone 512/628-0168 Prices Plates $6–$16, entrees $14–$18, sandwiches $7–$11 Cuisine Type AMERICAN Web site Hillside Farmacy
Map1209 E. 11th St. Austin
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