Q&A With: Owner Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy

Who? Sonya Cote and son Thorne
What? Hillside Farmacy
When? 2012
Where? 1209 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702
Why? When East Side Showroom, a restaurant, opened up years ago, the owner Miki and Sonya, the opening chef at the time met. They realized they always wanted a deli, saw this space and thought it would be perfect.

Hillside Farmacy has had great success in that it’s only been open less than a year and they’re doing really well. Not to mention, Sonya, the owner and also the head chef has been recognized by multiple publications locally and nationally. However, she doesn’t let any of that get to her and she’s super sweet and humble. They serve everything from sandwiches, salads and soups to many other unique dishes. Next time you’re craving creative pairings of food, that you won’t find anywhere else around town, try this!

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Q&A With: Owner LaValle Twibell of The Purple Bean Cafe

Who? LaValle Twibell
What? The Purple Bean Café
When? August 2010
Where? 1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX
Why? LaValle always wanted to have a small restaurant and never had the time to do it. Her favorite color is purple and she needed to tie it in with coffee so The Purple Bean Café was born.

The Purple Bean Café was started by LaValle and her family in a small 12ft trailer. In just 6 months they out grew the little trailer and expanded to a bright yellow 30 footer. Then they out grew that. Now they’re located inside the Victory Grill. They serve sandwiches, coffee and baked goods. Check them out below!

Website: www.thepurplebeancafe.com
Like: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Bean-Cafe/

Q&A With: Co-owner Michael Freid of East Side Pies

Who? Michael Freid

What? East Side Pies

When? Started in March 2006.

Where? 1401 B Rosewood Ave. Austin, TX 78702

Why? Because he and his partner decided that it would be a good idea to open the only pizza place that delivered on the east side at the time. Michael himself is a baker so it only seemed natural. “We deliver pizza, that’s what we do” is their thing and Michael stands firmly behind that.

This was my first stop on the east side but it certainly will not be the last time I go back to this place. He loaded me up with pizza slices and I was stuffed by the time we were done with the interview. They grow their own spices right outside and he buys his ingredients all from local farms. They also recycle as much as they can. He is definitely doing something right. Michael is such a nice guy and I only hope I come across friendly, warm-hearted and just all around really good people for the rest of my stops on my journey.

One more thing…don’t forget to find them at all the places below!

Website: www.eastsidepies.com

Like: www.facebook.com/EastSidePies

Follow: www.twitter.com/EastSide_Pies