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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
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Acme is one of my favorite go-to restaurants. I go there when I want a special experience, when I'm blue and want to feel uplifted, when I want to be with good friends, when I want to celebrate something special. The food is always delicious, the service pleasant, and the experience never fails to meet my expectations."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "It was my choice on where to dine for my birthday and Acme didn't disappoint me! I've never had a bad meal there and the seasonal offerings are always terrific. I still had the salmon and again wasn't disappointed. All of our appetizers were amazing and the French rose I had by the glass was terrific as well. Love Acme every time!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Acme features the best of southern cuisine with seasonal favorites from many local farms. The appetizers and desserts are to die for they also have a great wine a cocktail selection. The specials on Tuesday night are must!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Acme is wonderful. The menu changes often enough that there's always something new, seasonal, and interesting. Luckily, they also keep old favorites on the menu (their fried chicken might be the best i've ever had). Our server overhead that it was my friend's birthday and brought our dessert with a lit candle which delighted my teenage friend."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I was a little wary when I choose a restaurant by the name of Acme Food but it was absolutely great. Food and service were excellent. The only problem is that they do not split a bill for two couples so my husband and I ended up paying more than our share when we split the bill."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "In my time as a grad student at UNC, I loved getting together with a group of friends to go to Acme on Tuesday nights for their recession special. I probably went there 15 times in 3 years, and never had a bad experience or a bad plate of food. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food at Acme is great, but I will never go back again due to the rude waitstaff and poor service. I've been to Acme several times and the service has not improved. Each time I have made reservations at Acme, the food service was slow and my group was rushed by pushy, rude waiters. Also, Acme refuses to provide separate checks for large parties, which is fine; however, Acme is the only place I've ever dined that considers a party of 5 a "large group". Typically, that number is 6 people. The separate check policy is something that the waitstaff should mention to diners before they are seated. This would save a great deal of time and awkwardness when the bill arrives."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We dined at Acme with neighborhood friends with whom we eat out on our birthday months. The restaurant staff was friendly and the service was prompt. Everyone liked their food, though I had a ribeye special, which was tasty, but exceedingly grisselly (sp). Except for the steak and the fact that the tables were so close wait staff kept bumping into our backs, Acme is well worth a visit. Good food, good wine list and nice lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious! Must try the cornbread, vegetable risotto and watermelon/peach sangria!! Job well done, ACME! Will definitely be back and refer everyone I know."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a great time! We sampled many different items from the menu & everything was great! Can't wait to dine here again..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised of the variety, quality and quantity of Amce dinners. Awesome. To make reservations on online website. Each time someone for the restaurant called see if I had any special requests,etc -very classy and professional !!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Excellent service, delicious food! I dine here often and the personal service along with consistent local, fresh food are just several reasons I return."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner with her mother and our daughter (who is a chef). My mother-in-law asked to have her fries extra crispy, and that's exactly what she got. My gumbo was very good; my wife's tomato plate and charcuterie were both excellent; our daughter's fried okra, flash fried peppers, and pulled pork salad were also great. The beers were good, though my mother-in-law was disappointed that there was no hefeweizen available (e.g., Blue Moon). We ate everything! And our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful, and funny without going over the top. Very nice dinner, once again, at Acme!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Loved this place!! Being a spoiled New Yorker I've see it all. I was pleasantly surprised to fine a great dining spot in a cool neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We love to go to Acme in Carrboro. We went for our son's 21st birthday. The server was awesome, friendly, vibrant. The food was delicious. Tuesday is $12.99 entree night, so great food at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Acme is usually so good that I recently went two nights in a row. Both times the meal was good and the atmosphere was great. Dinner was nice, but brunch is really their forte."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "A friend brought me to Acme the first time I visited Chapel Hill, so I wanted to return now that I've moved here. I LOVED the food and drinks during the first meal, but on this second visit I was really disappointed. My calamari salad was tasty, but pretty greasy. And then my main dish of crab cakes was really salty and not very flavorful. My partner ordered the salmon and the fish and grits were great, so I'm glad I had a chance to enjoy that. Our server was great, but he never asked me how the food was and didn't notice that my plate had most of the food left on it. It was such a stark contrast from my first visit there. I hope this was a blip."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Tasty comfort food, well prepared and fairly priced. Heirloom tomato appetizers were out of this world. Our waiter was friendly and professional but had too many tables and was not very attentive. It didn't spoil the evening, but we didn't like the tight spacing of the tables and the long wait for our main courses. After our appetizers were cleared, it took about 40 minutes for the entrees to show up. It was a busy night, but still. We'll definitely go back, but maybe on a weeknight."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have been to ACME several times with friends, family and for special occasions and have always enjoyed the food and service. I'll be back"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband and I went based on positive reviews found online. We were very happy with our meals, the service and the charming patio. We went with the pecan chicken and a soft shell crab special. There were many other items on the menu that we want to try and are definitely going back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Celebrated my 25th anniversary with my employer here. The wait staff was fantastic. Knew all about the specials, wine pairings, etc., and made recommendations to the table that we all enjoyed. Shared appetizers and passed the entrees around, everything we had was first rate. And they specialize in local produce direct from local farmers to your table. Living near Acme is one of the great things about living in Carrboro."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Good local restaurant with farm to table mentality. Food is good. Service slow. Cocktails fair. Tomato dishes, Hamburger, steak and tuna good choices. Spaghetti and meatballs, roasted pork, charcuterrie disappointing. Desserts good especially peach cobbler and brownie. Wines a bit pricey."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have enjoyed Acme's food for years, but I am sorry to say that it is not what it once was. The crab cakes I ate last week were not near as good as the dish I enjoyed a few years ago. The crab was not that fresh, the rice/tomato/okra accompaniment was bland, and there was something in the dish was far too sweet. I couldn't say what that was, but the sweetness didn't go with the crab cakes and overpowered the dish. The tomato plate appetizer was pretty good, but the olive oil in the pesto topping was tasteless and thin. It didn't really taste like olive oil. I also tasted some of the scallop fritters, but found them to be essentially a moister hushpuppy with corn kernels. I couldn't detect any scallop flavor. Disappointing."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Amazing service and food. What a gem! We were there for part of the tomsyo festival and had anamazing heirloom tomato appetizer, as well as the fried oyster salad. Entrees were perfect; I think the forever pig might be the best BBQ I've ever tasted. The salmon was also amazing. Perfect meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Acme is consistently one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. The food is always excellent; the service is very good; sitting outside is very pleasant. It has become my "go to" place for a nice dinner. The only issue is that if you are sitting inside, it can become loud and hard to have a conversation"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Excellent and exceptional. Unique cuisine with amazing flavors. I was thoroughly impressed."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A southern flare and delicious food. Fried catfish, tomato plate, great and wine beer selection and the butterscotch pudding is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Amazing food and a lot of it! Start out with tray of 3 amazing donuts, walk the block then come back and have amazing smoked salmon eggs Benedict. I'm not big on eggs Benedict but this was on a homemade pastry and very fresh eggs. Very unique, different and awesome food. Wait time for food, check, and refill ( which never happened) where extremely long my only negative comment. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love this place. I have been for dinner and brunch, as well as a tasting on a food tour. Every time has ben SO GOOD! For brunch, my friend and I split the doughnuts and the coffee cake, and I ha the Acme breakfast. My two eggs was more like 4 or 5 eggs, with perfectly crispy bacon (I asked for it that way), yummy (somewhat spicy) potatoes, and the most incredibly biscuit I have ever eaten. I highly recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Acme has been one of my favorite restaurants for a long time. The food is always excellent, the service friendly and attentive, and,their Manhattans are superior. My friends and I frequently go there for Sunday Brunch , where the menu provides a nice variation beyond the standard fare. One of us has serious food allergies, so she calls ahead and the chef always provides a delicious alternative to meet her needs. I love this place! I sometimes go there for dinner by myself and always have a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I haven't always like Acme, but I went to brunch there last Sunday and really enjoyed it. The food was great, the atmosphere was lively, and it was a nice time. The crowd there is a little on the stuffy side, but it's well worth it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've never had something here I didn't think was delicious. I'm a vegetarian, which only leaves me with one entry to pick from (however many appetizers are veggie friendly), which I normally find very annoying, but the one choice always very yummy and more interesting than a mushroom on a plate. The one thing this last time was, my mom has an onion allergy which made it very very hard for her to find something to eat here as almost everything has onion in the base of the dish, and the waiter seemed a bit annoyed that we had to ask him several times to check with the chef about what had onion in it, but eventually we found a few things and the kitchen was willing to be flexible which was great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We drive from Raleigh as often as possible to dine and enjoy some of the best food in the Triangle! Our last visit did not disappoint and our friends were equally impressed. The music seemed to be much more pleasing this time as well!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our friend wanted to celebrate her birthday there and we've had good dining experiences there in the past but we usually go to Acme on Tuesday night for their $12.95 entree specials. Tonight's meal was a big disappointment. The special cornbread with country ham, the chicken with tomato gravy and the fried oyster salad were all too salty. (We're southern girls so we know country ham is salty but this was too much even for us). The fried oysters were VERY small and had so much breading you could hardly taste the oysters. Had our waiter Bill ever returned to our table I would have sent them back but since he didn't return until everyone had finished their meal I didn't have the opportunity. The bartender did make a great drink for me."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here for our anniversary and it was wonderful. We sat in the beautiful patio next to a water fountain. I had fried soft shell crabs, he had a ribeye, both were delicious. Good beer list too!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Have had several meals here and the food is incredible. Sometimes slow service because so crowded, which is a good thing Have never had a bad meal here and always look forward to an opportunity to get there to eat. One of the best brunches ever. The wait staff are always pleasant and friendly."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I am a frequent ACME brunch patron, but this past Sunday was extra special. I had a few of my expat friends visiting from Shanghai who I hadn't seen in a few years for a reunion weekend. We requested a table outside via OpenTable (which we were given), and thoroughly enjoyed a 2 hr brunch, complete with ACME's mimosa of the day ---- a lovely concoction that we all ended up enjoying a few of! The service was great and the food delicious. The deluxe benedict with the fried green tomatoes and ham is fabulous, and my friends considered both the Mexican breakfast (with the cactus and bean empenada) and the Texan breakfast (with the steak and green chile grits) as bit hits, as well as the donut sampler starter that we feel is a 'must have'!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We keep gong back since there is no better place for brunch in the Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Carrboro area. Beside the regular brush items there are always some SPECIALS which end up as additions to an already great brunch menu, i.e.. a hand crawfish pie on top of poached eggs.YUM!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was very good. Oysters on the half shell for app. Fried catfish and pecan crusted chicken for entrées. All of that was awesome. I highly recommend. Drinks were ok, but a little pricey. Service was mediocre."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "very good food, very good selection of smallnand larger plates; nightly specials and seasonal foods are often creative and quite good. This nights special of local hierloom tomatoes and mozerella was great."
    Dined on 6/20/2014