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.
Carrboro, NC 27510
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
Acme never disappoints. Service is alway ...
Acme never disappoints. Service is always warm, attentive, and thoughtful. Food is always perfectly cooked, well-seasoned, and leaving you wanting more. The mac & cheese, steak frites, and pecan crusted chicken are my go-to's! My best experience was I used OpenTable to book a birthday dinner reservation online for my fiance cause Acme is one of his favorites, and I left a note in the notes section of the reservation. I had never done that so I wasn't sure if they were going to get it or not, but they did, and they surprised the fiance with a birthday dessert. I was anxiously waiting to see if they would come out or if I needed to sneak away to the rest room to order but without fail, they pulled through!! I really appreciated their attentiveness to even an online reservation.
Very pleased with the food and service. ...
Very pleased with the food and service. Our only disappointment was being seated in the banquet room, separate from the warm and lively ambiance of the main section. We've always enjoyed dining at the bar, and in hindsight, we would have preferred that.
The food was very enjoyable, although ju ...
The food was very enjoyable, although just a bit pricey. They had a good selection of local beer, and their wine list should have most bases covered. We were not notified that the gumbo (a main menu item) was unavailable, which was one of a couple instances when our server was less than exceptional. In general he was sort of grumpy; I understand the weather was supposed to take a turn later that night, but it was not a good impression. The food was more than satisfactory and the ambiance was nice. I'm sure I'll be back at some point.
We usually love ACME, but during NYE din ...
We usually love ACME, but during NYE dinner the service was rough. The salmon and dessert were delicious, but we got a steak that was supposed to be medium rare and it came out raw. Unfortunately, the server didn't do anything about it. Usually this place is great, but I recommend going on a less busy night (not a holiday) where the servers have a little more time to focus.
The special appetizer of corn pudding, p ...
The special appetizer of corn pudding, poached egg and sauteed spinach with bacon was a taste delight! We would love to have that again.
Even though our server(when asked) did not recommend the seafood chowder, we had our minds and taste buds set on it. So we ordered the seafood chowder and were disappointed with the lack of recognizable fish, scallops, and oysters. We had expected perhaps a piece of halibut and a couple of whole oysters and scallops visible when presented. Instead, it was more "soup" . Disappointing, even though the flavor was good. We ended the meal with the chocolate dessert - EXCELLENT!
We like Acme and go often. They usually never disappoint! So we will be back!
Amazing all around. Cocktails were great ...
Amazing all around. Cocktails were great. Apps had the food starting off on a good note. Both were amazing. Entrees were on point. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed each. Dessert was fabulous as well. If I had more that two thumbs, I would point them all upward. Great experience!
Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate a fr ...
Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate a friend's birthday and thanks to the unusually warm weather were able to eat outside on the patio. Had outstanding service with a very patient and attentive waitress who took the time to answer my friend's many questions (since she had never eaten there before). The Bloody Mary's are great, and the eggs Benedict, specials and potatoes were all delicious as was the chocolate dessert (with candle). I had not eaten there for a while but hope to return again soon.
Almost always good and interesting food, ...
Almost always good and interesting food, pleasant ambiance. The soft white bread used to be the one drawback for me, something from the '50s (probably intentional "southern") but it's been replaced by a bread with a decent crust and a little more character, which makes me much more likely to go.
Acme is our favorite restaurant. You wil ...
Acme is our favorite restaurant. You will be comfortable whether you are dining alone, as a couple, with friends, or with a group. We recently took a group from D.C. there for a dinner after a two day work retreat. The staff was very helpful with recommendations. The group loved the evening and the food.
Good food but weird combinations. We re ...
Good food but weird combinations. We really didn't know how to evaluate the strange combinations on the flounder and the wahoo. Still they were tasty. The pulled pork was plain in contrast to the oomph of flavors on the other two dinner choices. Another plus: great salad and soup.
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.
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
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!
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.
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