Austin Monthly critic Jolène M. Bouchon visited Ghost Hill, the restaurant at Treaty Oak distillery out in Dripping Springs, and was somewhat unimpressed. She marveled at the Hill Country views and the ranch-style building, but some of the food didn’t quite meet par.
Bouchon dubbed the menu “Lone Star–centric comfort food with broad appeal,” which isn’t necessarily a good or bad thing. She found several dishes “unremarkable,” like the Asian-style pork spareribs (“simultaneously too sweet and too plain”), the grilled and fried chicken thighs, and the dessert menu (“nothing wrong...but nothing outstanding.”)
However, Bouchon changed her tune when describing the restaurant’s smoked meats, which were kid-approved:
There’s some serious brisket competition in town, but Ghost Hill holds its own. The meat is tender but not too fatty, with a complex and layered smoky flavor. Or, in the words of my 8-year-old, “This is great, Mom. Make sure you put that in there.”
Bouchon also enjoyed the pulled pork, lemon-garlic vegetables, and “peppery” borracho beans. Overall, the enjoyable atmosphere won her over, and she seemed optimistic about returning.