About Acme Food & Beverage Co.
The ovens are turned on early. Six o'clock most days. Earlier on Sunday. Within an hour, bread is rising, apples are being sliced. Pecan pies are pulled hot from the oven and left to cool. Ice cream churns in the machine. Cups of coffee steam on the prep table, the baker's cup marked with chocolaty fingerprints. By midmorning, pork shoulder, rubbed with spices the day before, is slowly smoked. And white buckets are filled with sliced onions. Corn is shucked. The stock that cooked all night is taken off the stove and strained. Bags of fresh shrimp are delivered in old grocery store bags. The waiters arrive in groups, shirts and ties on hangers. By then, every burner in the kitchen is being used. Herbs are chopped. Scallops cleaned. Ovens at 500 degrees. All sauces are checked. Bartenders polish their shakers. Silverware is rolled and every surface is wiped down. Music. Lights. Doors are opened. Dinnertime. At Acme. Seven nights a week. Local never tasted so damn good.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
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Acme offers personalized catered events from 40 to 400. The catering staff has extensive experience in taking care of all aspects of the event. All alcohol permits. Specializing in southern food and hospitality.
Parking is available behind the restaurant off of Roberson Street. There is an entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.
Private Party Facilities:
Acme has a semi-private room that seats 20 people that is perfect for business meetings and private parties. On a limited basis, Acme can be rented for the entire evening for wedding parties and other special events.
Private Party Contact:
Stephen Murtaugh: 8777919642
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Acme Food & Beverage Co. Ratings and Reviews
Our first visit was for husband's birthd ...
Our first visit was for husband's birthday and we were not disappointed. He had a ribeye and I had the crab cakes. Both were excellent and the wine list was robust for the area. Overall, we had a great experience. Only reason I'm not giving 5-stars across the board was from the bar experience. We had a drink before going to our table. It was by no means bad but there seemed to be some kind of tension behind the bar among the staff. Maybe someone just had an off night.
My husband and I live on the NC coast an ...
My husband and I live on the NC coast and decided to spend the night in the city to do some early Christmas shopping and after researching found this interesting restaurant. We had an early reservation and found the place to be extremely noisy, tables too close together and uncomfortable. They had already ran out of one special so we decided to order two appetizers and drinks before ordering the entrees. The entrees were not appetizing to me since I was able to see first hand everyone's dinners so we chose the veggie entrees. Really heavy and not as advertised.
the food and service is always good at a ...
the food and service is always good at acme. unfortunately we ended up in the middle table of the restaurant and couldn't even hear the other couple we were dining with since the noise level was so high, and this was a couple we hadn't seen in many months. so it made the meal very unsatisfying, unfortunately.
ACME is an excellent food spot for those ...
ACME is an excellent food spot for those seeking a combination of traditional Southern favorites with a contemporary twist. Perfect setting... great service... really takes advantage of the local fare... just an all-around awesome experience if you're looking for high-quality food in Chapel Hill or Carrboro!
I think that it was most appropriate for ...
I think that it was most appropriate for my son and his wife on my husbands birthday.
I do not know how it might be for just the two us. Most likely we will try and find out.
Our waiter was most helpful and knowledgeable
IF YOU ARE OLDER LIKE I AM, I SUGGEST YO ...
IF YOU ARE OLDER LIKE I AM, I SUGGEST YOU SIT IN THE BACK AND NOT IN THE
FRONT. THE FRONT HAS VERY LOW LIGHT AND THE FIRST TIME I ATE THERE I WAS
DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I COULD NOT SEE THE MENU ETC. THE SECOND TIME WE
IN THE BACK AND I WAS COMFORTABLE. THE FOOD WAS WONDERFUL. EVERYONE
HAD SEAFOOD AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED. ONE PERSON HAD FRIED CHICKEN AND
WAS NOT SATISFIED. DESSERTS WERE GOOD EXCEPT FOR THE BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING.
Acme is always a treat! Whether its din ...
Acme is always a treat! Whether its dinner with out of town friends or a birthday celebration, we can always go to Acme and NEVER come away disappointed. Local meats, seafood and produce mean the food is always fresh and delicious. Long-time residents of Chapel Hill, we LOVE Acme!
It was too cold in the room. We came at ...
It was too cold in the room. We came at 5:30 for an early dinner. We waited too long for entrees were told kitchen was backed up. How does kitchen back up at 5:30?? We were offered a free dessert, but too cold and too late for me at this point. Needed an early night. Have enjoyed brunch in the past, but would not go back for dinner.
We'd rate the food here a '3' out of 5 s ...
We'd rate the food here a '3' out of 5 stars. Our second time eating at Acme, we were really disappointed with the highly recommended mushroom appetizer over grits ($13) - it was fairly flavorless and it when it arrived to our table it was lukewarm, ruining the experience. My crab cakes were tasty, but there was no spinach in the dish as explained on the menu, which is my favorite ingredient. My boyfriend's Wahoo was tasteless, lacked flavor and wasn't served piping hot (again, this is an epic fail to us when entrees average $25). His brussels sprouts were just sliced in half and sauteed, meaning they were difficult to cut as the stems were left in and never cooked to soften. When so many restaurants are nailing the brussels sprout resurgence, Acme can do so much better. Accompanying vegetables shouldn't be treated as an afterthought - many times the vegetables are the reason we order an entree. Not sure we'll be back.
Acme is my favorite local restaurant and ...
Acme is my favorite local restaurant and I'm quickly becoming a regular there. Food is fabulous, comfort style with some unusual twists. Something for everyone. Daily specials in addition to their regular menu. Highly recommend.
My wife and I decided to go out for dinn ...
My wife and I decided to go out for dinner on the spear of the moment and Acme came to mind. We had a wonderful evening in their outdoors part of the restaurant surrounded by interesting decor and tropical plants. The food was innovative and delicious and the portions were generous. we had a great server who knew her menu and the specials (and the beers!).
We will definitely go to Acme again! Highly recommended!
We had been here before and had a wonder ...
We had been here before and had a wonderful experience but this time was very disappointing and I doubt we will return. Greeting was rude, waitress just ok (automatic 20% tip was added), cocktails were not up to par, entrees were overly complicated and not fresh and delicious. Sorry, but it wasnt worth the money. The best part is they don't rush you and you can hear each other.
Great meal at a great value. Oysters wer ...
Great meal at a great value. Oysters were fresh and salmon/fish stew entrees were superb. Dessert sundae was acceptable but not special. Only downside was that the ambience was fair-poor. The tables are fairly close together and the ambient noise was quite loud. Two couples sitting nearby were extremely loud and had no awareness of anyone around them. But overall, outstanding food and service and right up there among the top 2-3 restaurants in the area.
I took my daughter back to college and w ...
I took my daughter back to college and we always have lunch before I drop her off on Sunday, so I am always looking for a new place to have lunch. Acme was a neat little place, sort of hidden away, so you would have to know it's there probably to find it. I would have never found it had I not search on Open Table. Menu was a bit limited but food was fresh and well prepared. I would definitely recommend reservations if you go.
The food, drinks and service at Acme are ...
The food, drinks and service at Acme are always top notch! It can sometimes be hard to get a table since they're a relatively small place, but it's definitely worth it. They emphasize using locally sourced food prepared to highlight the food itself, although they often offer creative takes on classic dishes.
Another great meal at Acme. Beautiful e ...
Another great meal at Acme. Beautiful evening outside with out of town guests. Everything was great - pig, chicken, short ribs, flounder, fried green toms and cornbread! You really can't go wrong at Acme, just depends what you are in the mood for.
Acme is good and predictable, but I and ...
Acme is good and predictable, but I and my dining companions wish the chef was a bit more flexible about substituting sides. For someone who does not eat beef or pork it is a challenge to find more than one or two options on the menu (since a number of the sides contain pork). The desserts are great, though!
We visited on Sunday 10/09/2016. Previou ...
We visited on Sunday 10/09/2016. Previous visits had been terrific; this one was not. Our server brought water to the table next to us (seated 10 minutes after us) before he brought ours. He never asked if we wanted a coffee refill (we were there for brunch, so yes, we wanted one!), and forgot to bring a box for the leftover coffee cake until we asked twice.
The food was mediocre at best (not what we previously found). Coffee cake was dry and rather tasteless. I make far better Frito pie, and the benedict and french toast were just OK.
Overall, a disappointment. Might try again, but with all the wonderful brunch places in the triangle, it will be a while before we do so.
Eve of Hurricane Matthew get together wi ...
Eve of Hurricane Matthew get together with friends from South Carolina. They loved Acme as much as we do. Virginia oysters to start were some of the best in recent memory. Suave minionette was well done with attention to the preservation of the oyster liquor. Snapper special and Wahoo were especially delightful. 5 cent pie night was a first for us all. Yumm
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