Where we ate: Hillside Farmacy, Austin TX
Meal type: Dinner
Party size: 2
When we walked through the entrance of Hillside Farmacy I had the sudden urge to walk straight to the back counter to pick up a prescription. This restaurant has all of the proper elements of a dining establishment but mixed in are remnants from a 1920s pharmacy.
It’s two worlds that you would never think to combine but here in Austin we have a vibrant community of restauranteurs that have created a culture of repurposing old establishments into culinary galleries.
The menu actually had quite a bit of seafood, which is always great. Here is what we started with:
Gazpacho: heirloom tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, croutons, olive oil.
For those who don’t know, this is cold soup. Equally as enjoyable as any gazpacho I’ve had.
Classic crab cake: pea tendrils, cucumber pickles, remoulade.
Yes, this is fried, so it’s not exactly primal/paleo but it’s delicious and worth the mild cheat.
Their ‘raw bar’ had both oysters and shrimp of varying portions. It was a flip of the coin for us but we recently had oysters so shrimp it was!
Peal & Eat shrimp: 8 pieces. These were big and fresh pieces. Very enjoyable.
Other starter dishes that were primal/paleo: Charcuterie board and three different salads.
Aside from the food, and before we look at the main dishes, one thing I thought was cool were the glasses they served wine in.
I’m not sure what to call them but they are the simplest glasses ever made. That just placed the emphasis on the wine inside the glass, which was a great Cabernet Sauvignon.
On to the main dishes. Here is what we started with:
Roasted chicken: oregano, charred lemon velouté & mashed potatoes.
This was Belle’s choice. She said the meat was very tender and well-seasoned. She swapped kale in for the potatoes so she looked like she was some no-fat-eating body builder.
Burger & fries: grassfed beef (bastrop cattle co), lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickled cucumber, 77 sauce, malt vinegar fries.
Yes, I’m a bit of a basic bitch for getting the burger but they have an option to make it a “mess” by adding an egg, bacon, and cheese on top, which I did. And of course, I removed the bun.
All good stuff here. It was only a burger but well-prepared.
Other primal options:
- Strube ranch wagyu sirloin
- Bone in pork chop
The primal sides:
- Roasted beets
- Grilled broccoli
- Sautéed greens