Sherpalux Afternoon Tour

Spartan Pizza
Sherpalux invited us out for an afternoon tour of the city, and though all attending were Austin natives, there were a few new and delicious discoveries for the group.
East 6th Trailer Park
Our first stop: food trucks! Three samples from different restaurants were offered. The samples weren’t huge, but they did the trick.
The Spartan from Spartan Pizza
 The vegetarian options were a bit more limited, but Spartan Pizza came through with several tantalizing choices to appease me.

The Zeus from Spartan Pizza
My carnivorous partner lucked out with The Zeus. That slice contained olive oil, bacon, spinach, and fresh mozzarella. 

The Balboa from Way South Philly

Way South Philly was next up at the trailer park. The owner spoke with great passion about what makes a truly authentic Philly cheese steak, and you may be surprised to learn that a main ingredient is Cheez Whiz. 

The Adrian from Way South Philly
Canned “cheez” aside, they had a pretty decent vegan option. Grilled vegetables, good bread, and the option to add hot sauce (an option I strongly endorse). It was simple, healthy, and good.

Cookies from Cool Haus
We finished off the food portion of our tour with tasty bites from Cool Haus. They brought out the cookies first, one being a vegan option, and added the ice cream later. This made sense to everyone except for my partner, who ate our cookies as soon as they were set down. 

The ice cream sandwich concept was lost on him.

Mean-Eyed Cat
After a brief shopping trip on South Congress, with a quintessentially Austin stop at Continental Club, we hopped over to Clarksville for one last drink at Mean-Eyed Cat.

The tour was fun, and something I would definitely recommend to the Austin newcomer, or out-of-town guest.

Brunch at Hillside Farmacy

I admit to being less than dazzled by Hillside Farmacy the first time I ate there, but a follow-up visit about a month later really won me over. Fresh seafood? Yes, please.

The cost of a cocktail is a bit on the pricey side, and the same goes for mimosas. If you have to have a drink with your breakfast (I know I do!) I think the carafe is the most affordable way to go. The orange juice is super pulpy, which I view as a mega-plus.

The croque monsieur (shown above) was a big hit with my partner. He had a pretty bad experience with a grilled cheese-like sandwich, the “dough well done,” on our first visit so I’d steer clear of that one. 

The smoked salmon was a hit with both of us, except for the cole slaw, which is a matter of personal preference. I HATE COLE SLAW!

As pretty as those boiled shrimp look, they weren’t really worth it. Don’t get me wrong, they taste fine. I just can’t justify what you get for the cost on that one. It’s extremely plain, but maybe you’ll be into it; who knows?

As adorable as the food and space are at this hip, little gem… I must confess that the seating is extremely uncomfortable and tables are painfully small. 

Pro-tip: They have half-off all oysters every Monday!

All in all, do I like Hillside? I love it! Grab that citrusy delicious crab salad and a carafe, and go have brunch!

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