Greetings from Carrboro,
As they say, good things take time. So, if my math is right, twenty years better make something pretty damn great. The singular fact that it’s never been on the menu says a lot. I’ve danced around it. Debated. Oh, and I’ve greedily eaten more than my fair share over the years. But I never felt that I could truly do it justice in the restaurant. Until now. Today, to be exact.
The Acme BLT. Officially, we’re calling it the Acme BLT bento box. Think of it as your personal summer love-fest and you’re getting close. Toasted housemade white bread, tomatoes that we’ll pick up from the market today, hand-cut bacon, summer crisp lettuce, Duke’s (the one and only), pesto aioli, pickles, and potato salad – basically, dinnertime deluxe. All put together by you (just the way you like it) in a beautiful handmade bento box that we had crafted just for the season. Spoiler alert: I have a feeling this could be life changing. Tomato as therapy. Remember that you heard it here first.
And you know what else tomato season means? That’s right, baby. The 17th Annual Acme Tomato Festival. July 12-15. It’s Acme’s annual deep-fried, wide-eyed, rarified, belly-flop into summer. Think of it an equal celebration of the hard working souls who do daily battle with heat and humidity and heaven-knows what-all and the luscious fruits of their labor that give the festival its name. In the four days we’ll go through some 900 pounds of tomatoes. A lot. An awful lot. We’ll slice and dice, simmer and sauté, fry and oven-dry like there’s no tomorrow. If tomatoes are not your thing, I’d definitely try eating somewhere else that weekend. But if they are, well, pleasure has an address.
This weekend at Acme: The Acme BLT. Rosé all day. Grilled bone-in ribeyes. Pan-seared Atlantic haddock. The Acme tomato plate (yes, it’s back). Market melon salad. Eggs in paradise. Blueberry shortcake. Pecan-crusted fried chicken. Blackened salmon. Chilled cucumber soup with pickled shrimp. Overnight beef shortribs. Forever roasted pig. Classic wedge salad. Fried okra and shishito peppers. Blackberry ice cream. Grilled Caesar salad with pan-seared scallops. Watermelon sangria. Cheeseburgers. Clams Casino. Cherry pie à la mode.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme
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