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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.

110 E Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 929-2263

Website:
http://www.acmecarrboro.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Parking is available behind the restaurant off of Roberson Street. There is an entrance to the restaurant from the parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Kevin Callaghan

Additional:
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

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (17)
Cozy (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Great for Brunch (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (14)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Business Meals (6)
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Happy Hour (5)
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Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, love the rotating selections/specials, awesome menu, fun cocktail options, great vibes

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding as always! Already looking forward to my next visit in two weeks!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Menu offered a great variety . Kim the waitress offered great service. Food was excellent! Overall experience was great!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Horrible experience at Acme Food & Beverage Co on 1/9/17. Came to celebrate a friend's birthday. I gave a slice of cake for my birthday friend. Finished our meals and decided to try a bite of the cake that I had gifted to my friend. General Manager Steven Murtaugh approached our table and stated that "we did not have standards" with a very disrespectful and offensive tone. For the rest of the night, he continued to eye us to leave. Called the restaurant back, and Murtaugh continued to talk in an derogatory manner stating that we came on "discount night" and to "never show my face in the restaurant again" (pretty comical that he says this considering that he is not even the owner of the restaurant). As a group of asian females, I believe that we were racially targeted as a minority group in the restaurant as I wonder if he would have handled the situation the same way if a group of white men did the same. Be aware that this restaurant needs to work on its customer service and reputation as a "neighborhood restaurant".

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I had the so-called Gumbo. It tasted OK, but far from special and the portion was more of an appetizer, and it was not what I considered Gumbo. My meal consisted of a about 1/5 cup of rice centered on the plate with four shrimp placed around it. Then there was a gravy, with a couple slivers of sausage, covering it. I asked for bread to go with it but was advised that they only had cornbread which I declined. Very disappointing and would have bee permissible if it's cost was $8 instead of $22 My dinning partner's salmon meal was a bit better but not special either. The food served was far from gourmet even though it was presented as such. I have had good meals there in the past, but only about half the time. So many better options steps away: Spotted Dog, Venable, and even the Jade Palace is far better and consistent.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As usual, great food and service. It was a New Year's Brunch special menu and the crab omelet and smoked salmon hand pie were both excellent. Good service in the crowded room.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a delightful New Year's Day brunch reunion with old friends. Great menu. Everyone had something very different and all were delicious. Thanks, Kevin!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

my friend and i were at Acme for an early rez on New Year's Eve. I was not impressed. Our waiter was totally unenthusiastic about everything and seemed quite bored (and this was the beginning of service about 5:30-6:00) He wasn't rude, just not at all gracious. Our cocktails were very good (French 75s) as was the chicken liver pate which we shared. However, both of our entrees were dinner plates piled with the vegetable sides with, in my case, a small piece of Mahi-Mahi seemingly cooked with little or no seasoning and looked as if it were leftover from another diner's plate. My dinner companion ordered crabcakes, again a huge amount of creamed spinach with burnt black tops on the two crabcakes. A complaint to the waiter brought another cooked crabcake to the table although his message to us from the kitchen is that they had been seared. I've never heard of seared crabcakes and wouldn't care to have one; in our opinion, crabcakes are delicate and should be gently cooked until golden brown. I had been to Acme quite a few times over the years as I lived and worked in Chapel Hill in the early 2000s. I remember it as a cozy restaurant with quite good food but I'm sorry that I won't be going back ... it's changed and not for the good.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great family brunch around the holidays. Our table was ready when we arrived, our server was friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. I look forward to going back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Visited ACME for Sunday brunch with friends from out of town. They loved everything about the the place from the moment we walked in. Our waiter, Lahoda, was friendly, engaging and full of info to guide us to the ‘right’ menu selections. The food was perfectly prepared and flavors were great ( handmade pie, grits bowl, omelets). We lingered over coffee in order to catch up and enjoy ourselves, never feeling rushed out. Our visit reminded me to come back more often.....and we came from Durham! Go ACME!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice friendly professional service with tasty regional food. Nice selection on the menu. I would return when in the area.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was very good. The food was amazing however our server was not. He kept trying to sell us more of everything even though we asked for what we wanted. He was very rude to some members of our party and forgot simple things when we asked him. Members In our party didn’t like how he was always trying to sell us or say because we had a larger party we needed another bottle of wine or 2 of something. We knew what we wanted and how to order so that was not enjoyable.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our family’s Christmas Eve tradition! Very special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We've enjoyed Acme the few times we've been, but on this visit, around 1:30 pm on Christmas Eve, we were really disappointed. Our waitress was nowhere to be found throughout our meal, the expensive" special" mimosa tasted like koolaid (my husband said it was undrinkable,) brunch potatoes tasted like they had been in a warming drawer all day, and generally the food was subpar. We left thinking something here has changed. An expensive brunch that was unappealing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Acme never disappoints! Party of four had chicken, flounder, salmon and gumbo entrees and all were great. Apps were as well. Yum!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday dinner at Acme this week. The server was delightful. The bar is well stocked and gives a nice pour. We enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and company!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was the first of (hopefully) many visits. Date night with another couple, everyone really enjoyed the food and the experience. Highly recommend Acme!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This little spot is top notch good southern food. Attentive service and a friendly staff, even with the wine dinner they were hosting, our separate party of four was very well tended. Well sized portions and reasonable prices. The bar is well stocked although $28 for two shots of Basil Hyden on the rocks was a tad pricey. The pan cooked cornbread was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Justin our waiter was fantastic! He made us feel very special and gave great recommendations. I have to dine gluten-free because I have celiac disease and he was quite knowledgeable and helpful. Good sense of humor, too!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food here is reliably fantastic! It's comfort food with a contemporary treatment. ACME never disappoints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

We always celebrate big milestones at ACME but this year it fell on a Tuesday, which was unfortunate because it was very busy and our service wasn't as good as it usually is.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Acme is one of our favorite places. The food is a combination of several staples and rotating seasonal specialties. I highly recommend whatever their current corn bread is and any of their starters.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We always enjoy Acme! This time, we had a quiet table on the periphery of the main room. Lovely! Food was delicious. Sister loved her steak & frites! Thanks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and fun atmosphere! Fabulous cornbread and all 4 entrees were delish!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We first called to make a reservation. We wanted to come at 7:15 on a Monday evening. The hostess said either 6:30 or 7:30. I made the reservation on Open Table for 7:30. When we arrived, she was busy texting on her phone and appeared annoyed we were interrupting her. There were literally two other tables occupied. Plenty of open tables. Despite that, she seated us at a 2-top next to a loud party. We asked to move. She moved us to another small 2-top despite the fact there were probably 6 4-tops empty that were never occupied during our entire meal. Poor judgment on either her part or management's part. Waiter was good and food was good but hostess was miserable. And that affected our experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

ACME does a great job with food and service. The only issue with ambiance is their lack of space. I was in the middle row of tables and constantly trying to scoot farther in to avoid people bumping their way by.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Acme cocktails are creative and fantastic. The food offerings are unique and well-described on the menu--and amazingly delicious. Service is prompt and attentive (without being overly so) and it's easy to get good recommendations. All around great place to eat--a Carrboro mainstay for excellent reason. Great Southern twists on global dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

All of our food was exceptional! We had a wonderful server and the restaurant was very quiet.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We've been going there for 12 years, always great food, service, wine, never pretentious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food is always exceptional. Great vibe. The wait staff and host ate always so inviting but also not overbearing. Just such a comfortable feel for a classy place.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal with old friends after Duke - Georgia Tech football game. Forever Roasted Pork and Mac and Cheese always a winner.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We shared the pate which was excellent. They did not have bread service, but our waitperson was kind enough to bring us extra grilled bread for the pate. This was very much appreciated. Our main courses were salmon, duck, and short ribs (small plate). All of our meals were very good including the sides.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Acme used to be one of our favorite restaurants, and its food never disappoints. The menu is not extensive, but everything is tasty and the kitchen is generally very dependable (in perhaps 30 visits we have seen missteps in execution only once, and that visit might well have happened after a weather storm that can wreak havoc on the supply chain and staffing).

Alas, Acme's dessert menu has now become quite unsatisfying. It used to be one of our favorite places for dessert (especially the butterscotch pudding)--but now on two consecutive tries we've been underwhelmed. The execution on dessert is just not up to the rest of the food--a pear crumble was pleasantly warm, but it was soggy (like a bread pudding), with a bit too much alcohol that didn't evaporate properly.

Sadly, twice in a row is enough for me to remove it from my list of regular places. We'll visit again, but it'll probably be a longer interval than before.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My husband loved his oysters! All of our food was great, actually.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great ambiance and service, but food was a bit overpriced. Their signature starter cornbread wasn't exceptional and tasted like any southern mom's cornbread, and was way overpriced; maybe should've just come with the meal. Overall we had a great time and appreciated the nice service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love the cornbread so much and I'm never disappointed. I also frequently order the steak frites, but on this visit, this dish wasn't exceptional like usual. The steak portion was much smaller, and the ends of each piece were mainly fat.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Menu on the small side but everything is fantastic. One of our favorite places.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Delish food!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We were still able to dine outside by the fountain, so we were able to enjoy the quiet.
As usual, the oysters were great (delish & so fresh) as were the calamari salad & relleno. The servers were all very attentive— we never felt neglected.

We will miss the perfect temps and the garden atmosphere once the weather turns, but then we will enjoy the warmth of the indoor seating— with the happy noise on the very busy Tuesdays.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We introduced friends to The Acme on a Wednesday night. Wanted reservation for 7 pm, but we were told they were booked. We ‘settled’ for 6:15 and we were glad we did! By 7 the restaurant was, indeed, full. As we wanted to have a chance to catch up, the quiet earlier hour was best. We had the special of
the night, Cobia, which was cooked to perfection with sides of roasted baby Brussels sprouts and puréed sweet potatoes-all very well done. One of our guests had the crab cakes on succotash, which he pronounced full of crab (albeit claw meat, not backfin or lump crab) and delicious. We shared the flourless chocolate dessert with salted caramel ice cream A fine dinner on all counts.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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