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
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
We have eaten at Acme over the years, bu ...
We have eaten at Acme over the years, but Thursday evening was the last time we will be there. We were inside until we realized with a large group, the noise level would be beyond our chance to "visit"...so we were taken outside (which we requested). We took the far table which we thought would be great for us - and would have been except for the "huge" mosquitos waiting for their dinner. I asked for bug spray, which was brought to me immediately...thank you...otherwise we would have left (I am highly allergic). The "fan' that is up in the patio area only hits the immediate tables and there is not another fan servicing the "far" area.
Last, by not least, I requested a Grey Goose up with olives. The "taste" is similar in many vodkas. Over the years of working with vodkas, I realized GG is the ONLY vodka that does NOT give me a horrific headache later (brewed by wheat). I woke up about 12midnight with a horrific headache - for over 3 hours! My only thought was I was provided my drink with something OTHER THAN GG. This has happened before in other restaurants, but is very disturbing. We put our faith in the server/bartender that we get what we order, not some cheap version to charge the client with high end liquor, but provide them with cheaper versions.
The mosquitos I could forgive...because of the bug spray...the GG, I cannot forgive because I have lived with this and know the difference. Whoever poured the vodka into my glass, obviously for whatever reason did NOT pour Grey Goose.
We won't be back.
If this had been my first experience at ...
If this had been my first experience at Acme, I'd never go back. I ordered the Acme Benedict - the English muffins were hard as hockey pucks and saturated with oil. Totally inedible. The friend green tomatoes were tasteless and also pretty greasy. The good news for Acme is that I've eaten there many times and usually the food is very good.
Acme is a casual place with excellent lo ...
Acme is a casual place with excellent local food with some modern twists on classics.
It's a fun place to go with a group - there are some shared appetizers made from farm fresh ingredients that are good to share. They vary with the season but the fried okra with roasted peppers was excellent!
ACME is my favorite restaurant hands dow ...
ACME is my favorite restaurant hands down in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Creative and delicious dishes and old standbys like southern fried chicken and mash potatoes. The chili relleno appetizer is one of my favorites, as well as the iron skillet cornbread. I don't know how they do it but I have never been disappointed, and I have dined there 30-35 times over the last three years. Nice wine selection.
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.
We went for the advertises "Calabash din ...
We went for the advertises "Calabash dinner" special. There was an appetizer, describied by the waitress as a creany dip with scallops. It was basically warm cream cheese with tiny bits of scallops, not good. The fried green tomatoes were very good. The "Calabash special" was ok fried food. The flounder fillet was about 3 oz of fish. The shrimp and oysters were ok, nothing special on that dinner special.
The peach cobbler dessert had thin slices of peach and an undercooked crust, all with not much flavor.
This was the second time we ate at Acme, since moving to this area a year ago. I don't know how they keep getting great reviews. I call it mediocore North Carolina food, with New York prices.
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.
I went to Acme for a birthday dinner wit ...
I went to Acme for a birthday dinner with my parents and ordered a glass of rose wine from the menu (2 choices by glass.) The wine was sour, likely bad, so I asked the waiter if he could bring me something else. His response was, "Oh, you don't like it?" "No, it is very sour. It might have gone bad, I think." "Have you tried this rose before?" "No, not this specific one, but I drink rose a lot." Awkward silence. "Ok, we will try it and let you know if it is bad." Silence. "Ok...either way, I would like to try the other rose on the menu." "Ok, I will bring you a taste." Brings taste and it is delightful...
I have NEVER had a waiter act this way before - we all thought he was very rude. I rarely send anything back, but when I do, it's always, "Of course. I am so sorry. What can I get you?" Not, "You don't know what you are talking about!" And to top it ALL off, he charged us for the glass of wine at the end of the night!!!!! My dad paid and didn't even look at the bill, but if any of us had noticed that when paying, a manager would certainly have been called. What a jerk!!! And on my birthday... ACME certainly left a sour taste in my mouth:|
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.
Took my wife to ACME for her birthday. W ...
Took my wife to ACME for her birthday. We have eaten there before and enjoyed it. We did so again, though our table was a couch-bench-table-chair set up between two other larger groups. This arrangement made it difficult to talk and allowed us to unavoidable hear every detail of our neighboring table's conversations. The food was good, though my wife was disappointed the crab cakes had ground crab meat vice more favorable chunks. The service was spot on and we did not lack for drink refills. All in all a very nice dining experience.
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.
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