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Acme Food & Beverage Co.
Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Acme Food & Beverage Co. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acmecarrboro.com
  • Email: email@acmecarrboro.com
  • Phone: (919) 929-2263
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Callaghan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: 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.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available behind the restaurant off of Roberson Street. There is an entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.
A word from 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Acme is by far the best local gem! The food is always great, with options for different palates. Excellent service, fun, consistently good!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "You can get a good meal 50% of the time at Acmes. The biggest issue if your a foodie is how much salt they use to flavor their food. This has happened more than a few times. I ordered the flounder meal a few nights ago and all I could taste was salt. I drank water with my dinner. Had 2 full glasses of water when I came home and woke up parched. This could of been a nice dish but the salt was so over powering. I think having to use to much salt shows a chefs lack of skill to flavor a dish. As I said, I have had good meals here but they are always salty. This one meal was so salty that I am actually taking the time to write this. Although, I would not rule this place out yet. I just hope the chef can make some improvements in this area."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I had been to this restaurant before with mixed experiences, but I know people who love it, so I was excited to go for brunch. I got the donuts to share and the special blueberry French toast. The donuts were huge and a good deal at 3 for $5, but they were very heavy, so I probably would not get them again. The blueberry French toast was much different than I expected. It came in a small casserole dish and seemed more like a bread pudding than French toast. The inside was very soft and did not seem bread-like at all. It seemed like some sort of egg based batter that had been broiled and not cooked all the way. If the waiter had asked how my food was, I would have said something, but since he did not, I think I just won't go back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We were a party of six, and all of us liked the food. In both the first and second courses, one order arrived significantly later than the rest (as in, the other people at the table were half finished when the final dish arrived), which is poor planning by the kitchen. The restaurant automatically added a 20% gratuity for large parties, which was fine in this instance because the service was good; but I object to being forced to tip at an undeserved rate if the service had been spotty. Despite these issues, I would willingly go back because every dish we had was good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "one word..."phenomenal" You need to try the French Toast Casserole!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I like the food, but the restaurant was cramped (servers bumped into our chairs about every five minutes), the service was lousy, and the atmosphere was obnoxious. Seemed like another over-rated C+ Triangle restaurant that people go to because there's not much else around."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Have been going to acme for many years, normally have received good good at a fair price with excellent service. First time I was a dissapointed. Took over an hour to get our entrees, the waitress didn't come once while we waited to let us know the kitchen was behind. Once our food got to the table she did comp our last round of drinks but we had to take our food to go. First time I had a bad experience at acme, hope it doesn't continue."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We took some friends were in town visiting on their journey from FL back home to Wash, DC. Previous to visiting with us in ChapelHill they were in Charleston for a couple days, and they were raving about their meals there. When we got to dessert at ACME, our friend's comment to his wife was,'you said Charleston was the best you'd eaten ever - not any more.' Sums it up! Great evening of food,fun,wine and bourbon."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The fried chicken is incredible! Thanks for a wonderful dinner, Acme."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to Carrboro to see a show at the Cat's Cradle. We were told to go to Acme and were not disappointed. The food was outstanding! We will be back the next time we are in town."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "All I have to say is that the deluxe burger with bacon and pimento cheese was phenomenal! The burger and fries were delicious. Definitely would recommend going to Acme overall and trying that burgah. Thank you for the service and great food. PS should have more fresh limes for drinks."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a very good meal at Acme on Friday. We were visiting the area, and Acme had been recommended. Will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Friday night we were there my husband ordered the fresh flounder which came with fresh arugula and some sort of bean. It was perfectly exquisite, not overdone and the ingredients were fresh, fresh, fresh. Acme really came through."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Acme never fails to produce a good time. With a southern food inspired menu that a foodie and a layperson can enjoy, this restaurant brings the best of both worlds, making this a great place to take family or friends out."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "look for the specials offered, such as the Hog Island half shelled oysters to be dipped in one of three types of zesty innovative sauces."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Awesome food, very creative Southern comfort food. Friendly service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with Acme, they have yet to disappoint me. It is my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a delightful brunch full of creative southern cuisine. The doughnuts were amazing! The waitress was helpful and very friendly. We'll be back for sure! Carrboro is a quaint town and ACME is the perfect restaurant for it."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "As a vegetarian I wasn't expecting much from a very limited vegetarian menu, however, with a combination of daily specials and a chef willing to make an off the menu entree we had an amazingly good meal. The pimento cheese fritters to start were actually light and full of flavor. The skillet cornbread was moist and delicious. The special succotash entree made me want a second helping. Although we were too full to want a dessert we couldn't resist sharing the dark chocolate with caramel. We left the plate empty. My only regret was that I was unable to try their Mac and Cheese because it was made with beef stock. It was well worth the drive from Cary to Carrboro!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We went to Acme with friends from out of town. Each of us ordered a different dish and everyone was very pleased with what they ordered. I personally recommend the scallops. I can't wait to go back and try another dish."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been coming to Acme for dinner regularly on Tuesday nights ever since the half price entree was offered. I have recommended Acme to other friends as well. All of the dishes are wonderfully prepared. The waiters are friendly and welcoming. I hope that the special price offer will last forever. It is best to have an early reservation time to avoid the noise in the dining room."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "As always, a wonderful meal and a good experience. Only wish it were not so noisy! But the crowds on Tuesday nights produce a lot of noise. Shows how popular the place is."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "used to be a reliable, go-to spot for years but seems to have fallen off. scallops were halved ("people kept complaining they were underdone"), espresso was given without the offer of sugar,vintage on wine was different from what was stated on the menu, oysters on the half shell (six) had shell in every bite, both waiter and manager simply didn't seem to care as much as in years past. it's also always seemed odd that they don't have a seasonal menu, especially in carrboro with such close proximity to both the farmer's market and weaver street. there are so many other restaurants in the area, and in surrounding pittsboro and durham, on which i'd much prefer to spend my money."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We ate an amazing brunch at Acme, so choosing it for dinner was easy. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, but not intrusive. The food is simply fantastic. Clearly they make great efforts to source local, fresh ingredients. And the kitchen respects the quality of the ingredients as they transform them into delicious dishes. We will go back again and again. I strongly recommend this for anyone who appreciates fine food."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "food and service were great but noise level very very bad. There was a wine pairing dinner going on that contributed. We weren't told of the dinner beforehand. Will not return unless I go late in the evening i.e. after 9."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Acme is a neighborhood gem. Tuesday nights are the best as all entrée are $12.95. The service is always good and we enjoy the ambience of sitting next to the windows and watching people on the street."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My fifth time to Acme and it never disappoints. And you can't beat their Tuesday for $12.95 deals."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Acme is quickly becoming our "go to" restaurant in the Chapel Hill area. The food is interesting and the atmosphere is casual and fun. It suits all kinds of people, and the service is fantastic."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I have enjoyed Acme on many occasions and I thoroughly enjoyed my own food. However, I took a group for a business dinner and was very surprised to see no vegetarian entrees on the menu. No one complained to me but I did notice the vegetarians of the group solely ate small plates to avoid meat. I wish there had been a couples vegetarian options for their sake."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Friends recommended The Acme while staying in Chapel Hill--they especially touted the fried chicken. We ate Sunday lunch there and, of course, had to try the chicken, Crisp, not greasy and covered in real pan gravy...and the butterbeans were the best I've ever eaten. Husband had the crab omelet and was very pleased. Oh, and don't forget the homemade doughnuts--divine. All in all, a little bit of Blue Heaven."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "From the start to the finish the service was excellent! The food lived up to the reputation with some wonderful twists thrown in on traditional recipes."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I'm a "regular" at ACME and as my title indicates, it never lets me down. The staff are terrific and the food the same. I enjoy bringing new people with me and introducing them to ACME; they are always happy with the choice."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Food was mediocre and served less than warm. Good waiter."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I ordered crab cakes, collards and skillet cornbread. Initially the crab cakes were cold and I informed the waiter. He took them back and brought them back and the jambalya rice they were on was dry. I tasted the crab cakes and could only taste breading and no crab meat! I sent it back. I was done. I paid for a Mixed drink, bowl of collards and jalepeno cornbread $23.11 + tip and came home hungry. I will say the Jalepeno cornbread was good."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My wife and I are poor grad students. We save and splurge at Acme as often as possible. We absolutely love the food and recommend Acme as our favorite restaurant in the triangle!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Acme remains my favorite restaurant in the Triangle. The food is consistently good as well as the service, the staff friendly and accommodating. I can visit this restaurant every week and not get tired of its excellent menu."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I made a reservation online for a Thursday night and the only option was 6.30 or 7.45pm. I made it for 6.30 and when we got there were very few other diners. even after 7 they could have accommodated another 3 4 top reservations. my advice would be to call the restaurant directly for reservations vs. relying on online."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food is great. Menu is local and not overwhelming and can accommodate all tastes. Service was attentive but not overbearing and friendly. Open on Sunday was a real plus. I really enjoy it here."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had the most wonderful dinner at Acme and we always do. This is our first choice for a place to have a romantic evening, celebration, group event or even a relaxed weekday meal. The food is always interested and delicious, the service is kind and professional and it is always a great value. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone living in the area or anyone traveling looking for a true Carrboro experience."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Acme has great farm to table fare with interesting souther twists. The skillet cornbread and fried green tomato salad were new takes on old classics. It's not your Mama's cornbread....unless she was a really good cook! Tom our server was awesome. The salted caramel apple berry cobbler ala mode was amazing!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014