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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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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