Food & Drink

Local cures for what ails you

Since the most locally sourced thing at CVS is Mexican Coke, check out Hillside Farmacy: a farm-to-table eatery from the folks behind East Side Showroom and Brooklyn's El Diablo Tacos, outfitted with meticulously reclaimed Roundtop antiques that pay homage to the space's roots as Austin's first African-American pharmacy, which had the distinction of simultaneously fighting prejudice and persistent coughs.

Delicately presented munchables include daily charcuterie and salumi, small plates like sausage-stuffed salt-cured peppers, raw oysters (choice of east, Gulf, or west), and sandos like the Fox Trott (grass-fed ribeye, mushroom shallot tapenade, Swiss) and the roasted chicken/strawberry orange jam/sprouts/smoked mozz Thank You -- so-named because mudshark stories aside, what Robert Plant really felt eternal gratitude for were chicken sandwiches.

Drinks aim to be simpler/quicker than their ESS counterparts, with "cures" counting a wasabi bloody mary, a grapefruit-jalapeno marg, and House Punch (gin, hibiscus syrup, cava, g-fruit juice, bitters), plus house-syrup fountain sodas like the Pick Pocket (tangerine, cardamom, hellfire bitters), and espresso drinks made with beans from Stumptown, a Portland operation whose bite is as big as its bark.

In keeping with the pharmaceutical roots, there are shady dudes loitering around the corner cabinets full of everything from toiletries to snacks, most of which are health-conscious, so you won't get a round top.