Greetings from Carrboro,
Cauliflower is the new kale. Or, maybe cauliflower is the new Brussels sprouts. It’s confusing. I know that some of you adhere to the belief that Brussels sprouts supplanted the aforementioned kale as the “it” vegetable sometime last April. And that you are either in that camp or you’re not. It’s sort of like the whole is-Pluto-a-planet thing. But with, you know, vegetables. And less telescope. A lot less.
The food world is increasingly populated with bandwagons. And people heave themselves on board, willy-nilly, all caution to the wind. It’s rather frightening. You can’t turn around this time of year without running into either of the two most raucous bandwagons careening through American culture. There is the ever-popular PSL bandwagon (For those of you not participating full-tilt, PSL stands for Pumpkin Spice Latté. Duh). And then it’s eco-friendly California cousin, Avocado toast. I even imagine that some people do the near-impossible and straddle both as they hurdle down the culinary highway. Please note: this requires a lot of stretching and an obvious gymnastic bent.
And then there are things that are always cool. And always will be. And, yes, I’m looking at you fried chicken. And at you butterbeans. It’s the time-tested that so often win my heart. I’ve had my fair share of foam-as-food. Let’s just say that it won’t be on my last supper menu. But oysters will be. Pristine oysters with lemon and hot sauce, thank you very much. And for those of you looking for a bandwagon to climb aboard, I’d like to recommend this one. It’s got all the cool kids and really comfy seats. What more could you want?
That’s a perfect segue to tonight – Thursday night – the bandwagon is pulling up just for you. Right here in Carrboro. Oyster Half-y Hour is back. Every. Single. Thursday. Beautiful Hog Island Salts from Shooting Point Oyster Co. Repeat after me: Half-shells. Half-price. Half the night (5:30 to 7:30). Have to say, from where I stand, that’s not half bad. Really? You have something better to do?
This weekend @ Acme: last-of-the-season Acme tomato plate. Pan-seared Carolina tilefish. Grilled filet mignon with wild mushroom ragu. Housemade pasta with eggplant and Calvander cheese. Scuppernong pie. Foothills Octoberfest beer. Grilled quail. Local patty pan squash. Pecan-crusted fried chicken. Cheeseburgers. Oysters on the half-shell. Fall greens. Okra gumbo. Brussels sprouts. Chile relleno. Crab cakes. Scallop hushpuppies. Spiced Asian pear cobbler a la mode. I bet I made you hungry.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The staff at Acme