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
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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
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
Acme is always a treat, but fortunately ...
Acme is always a treat, but fortunately doesn't have to be only a special occasions restaurant. Get on the mailing list for fun reading and to anticipate for days before you come what you're going to have. Servers are very good. Get an outside table and enjoy the fabulous setting- exotic, beautiful plantings and fountain. Why travel when you can be transported to the best food and environment anyway, and only 15 minutes from home.
Went to try the Calabash Platter, a spec ...
Went to try the Calabash Platter, a special that night. Added to that the deviled crab appetizer and another that was a "bubbling caldron" of scallops, jalapenos, and other things I have forgotten. The crab was a decidedly small serving and presented with crackers --- a disconnect for all of us in any deviled crab we had previously encountered. That was just meh ... but the "bubbling caldron" was decadently good. Smooth, flavorful and with a small kick at the end. A delight.
To top it off we had the cornbread special - which is NEVER to be missed. This one jalapeno with tomato butter. It did not disappoint.
The Calabash platter was quite good - flounder, shrimp, oysters, and slaw. It was supposed to also have hush puppies and had we not already pigged out on the cornbread, we'd have asked for some. They looked good on the next table.
A wonderful spot in Carrboro, especially ...
A wonderful spot in Carrboro, especially on Tuesday's when all entrees are $13.95. We started with chicken liver pate with peaches. Served with toasted french bread, it was very tasty. I had the crab cakes which were delicious. My wife had a chicken dish and asked for an alternative to the mashed potatoes which they graciously substituted a house salad. The chicken was served over the salad and it came with a side of butter beans. She really enjoyed it.
we invited a couple from Chapel Hill and ...
we invited a couple from Chapel Hill and were surprised that they had never been to Acme. They raved about the menu selections and loved their entrees. They will definitely be back. We have been to Acme many times over the years and have never been disappointed.
On a Sunday late afternoon, returning fr ...
On a Sunday late afternoon, returning from taking my son to school in Virginia, I decided to stop in Chapel Hill for a good meal before returning to Eastern North Carolina. Acme came to mind as I had been there several times with wonderful experiences. I had a delightful meal and beverage and was able to be home at a reasonable hour.
This was our first visit to Acme and we ...
This was our first visit to Acme and we were very pleased. Great service and great food. We sat by the outdoor fountain which was very nice (our waiter happened to be the designer/maker of the fountain). While the evening was expensive, we didn't feel taken advantage of. I am a pretty tough critic of restaurants and their food because I'm a passionate cook myself and feel confident in the kitchen. Consequently, my/our high rating of this experience is an indication of our high compliments and satisfaction. Great place.
As always, ACME didn't disappoint when i ...
As always, ACME didn't disappoint when it came to our delicious food. All of us in our party of six were delighted with our appetizers, entrees, and dessert. We, however, were very disappointed that the restaurant doesn't offer a complimentary birthday dessert. Our party of six generated a tab well in excess of $300.00 excluding a tip, we had a reservation made weeks before noting a special 70th birthday celebration, so we thought it very unusual that a restaurant of this calibre doesn't make special occasions "SPECIAL".
I love Acme! Great farm to table food, w ...
I love Acme! Great farm to table food, wonderful service, and very reasonably priced. I usually eat outside in their lovely outdoor garden space with the fountain, and i highly recommend that because it can be very noisy inside.
We love going to Acme - it is our all-ti ...
We love going to Acme - it is our all-time favorite place to dine for brunch - -have known the owner Kevin since it first opened
I sent req for us to be seated as close to the front as possible -the host - a man - was very rude to me - we had made a reservation - a couple in front of us - without a reservation were marched to the front. We were seated as far back as we could get even though there were at least four or five empty tables - - I asked to be moved - again he was very very rude - another diner came over to applaud what I had done as she thought he was so unwelcoming -
This experience greatly affected our dining experience even though we love the food and had a great waiter - no excuse for someone like this guy to be greeting people in such a wonderful restaurant - we would think a long time before returning
I've been a fan for years, for good reas ...
I've been a fan for years, for good reason. The staff are always quite friendly and eager to help make the whole experience a pleasure. Kevin is an outstanding chef! Love the very longstanding use of local produce and key ingredients. Being in a wheelchair I really appreciate their concern for my accessibility.
We have not been back to Acme in quite s ...
We have not been back to Acme in quite some time and were disappointed at the lack of detail in food and service. We spent $300 (including an automatic gratuity of 20% - for a party of 5?!) so the cost of menu items was over-priced. Crab cake dinner was so small my son was still hungry, but overall food was tasty enough so the chef saved this meal for us. Service was lacking in drink delivery, ordering and check-back time, and asking for drink refills. Also, the women's bathroom was out of toilet paper and hand soap, which is discouraging in what is supposedly an upscale restaurant. We probably won't go back.
We have previously dined here on Tuesday ...
We have previously dined here on Tuesdays several times and every time it was excellent. However, this past Tuesday was an exception. We had the mahi-mahi and the fish stew that was featured last Tuesday. The fish stew was excellent but had very little fish and if it wasn't for the corn sticks, I would've gone away hungry. The mahi-mahi portion was very skimpy and was overcooked. I had to cut The two small pieces of with a knife.
It was a very disappointing evening.
The positives were that the frites were ...
The positives were that the frites were excellent, the Acme version of chili relleno was good, the bread mediocre, service was very good to excellent. The one negative, and it is a big one which drags down the overall score was the entree, flat iron steak.Flat iron steak is difficult to prepare well and inherently a less expensive cut of meat. It appears that the flat iron steak was "marked" on the broiler and then baked in the oven which gave it a disappointing " grey"appearance and the flavor was not good. It would have been better if the steak was broiled from beginning to end on the broiler which would have given it a nice char on the outside and enhanced its flavor while providing a nice juicy medium red/pink center.
My husband, son and I returned for Acme ...
My husband, son and I returned for Acme for brunch this past Sunday. My son and I both ordered the special, a Salmon Hand Pie. It is outstanding. My husband ordered the Texas border breakfast :| grilled Angus butcher’s cut steak, two poached eggs, green chili grits, chipotle hollandaise. Both the potatoes and the grits are delicious sides. Over all, great food, nice portions, cool vibe, good value.
Fantastic brunch spot! They have a grea ...
Fantastic brunch spot! They have a great menu that changes seasonally, fresh/local ingredients, and some delicious and interesting takes on your "standard" brunch fare (e.g., adding fried green tomatoes to eggs benedict - yum!!).
Acme ranks among our top 3 CH/C restaura ...
Acme ranks among our top 3 CH/C restaurants, but we were disappointed in Saturday's dinner. The sides (mac&cheese, collards, and blackeyed peas) were excellent. However, for the first time ever, our entrees were not up to their usual excellence. We had the flash fried catfish and forever pork. The catfish had too much breading and little fish, while the pork was too greasy and sweet. Looking forward to going back. I'm confident that disappointment will be a one-off.
Blaring 80s music, couldn't talk over it ...
Blaring 80s music, couldn't talk over it. Said they couldn't turn it down because it was low outside and we were right under the speaker and offered to move us. Food was fine. That killed it. Was impossible to enjoy it trying to yell over the music, which was bad to begin with.
no more for us.
The place came highly recommended by a n ...
The place came highly recommended by a neighbor so my wife and I decided to check it out. In the reservation, I noted that my wife has gluten and dairy allergies. When we arrived, the hostess had done homework so she could recommend dishes that my wife could have. Unfortunately, the choices were VERY limited, especially if you eliminate the salads. All of their sides are prepared with butter. For whatever reason, there was no effort at all to get creative in preparing something for her so she ended up with Salmon over tomatoes. I think there was one other fish choice she could have but that was it.
I had the pork. It was OK, nothing special. Unfortunately, they felt the need to prepare the mac and cheese with jalopenos. The mac and cheese was nothing special but the jalapenos made it almost inedible.
I also had their special appetizer - tomatoes and mozzarella. The tomatoes were fabulous. The mozzarella was OK.
Overall, an average experience but given the lack of choices related to the food allergies, we won't be going back.
In a nutshell, food was way too heavy an ...
In a nutshell, food was way too heavy and over fried. All you could taste was the outside crust on green tomatoes, chicken and softshell crabs. Mashed potatoes overly smothered with tomato sauce. Maybe some people like this form of Southern cooking, but we couldn't even finish half of our meal.
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