Greetings from Carrboro,
There are rules. 1) Leftovers reach their absolute apogee at lunch the following day. 2) They’re almost certainly most delicious when you’re standing up in a kitchen. 3) And, with something akin to grief, all of us go through four stages before actually tossing leftovers – denial that we won’t, in fact, eat another bite, anger that no one else in the house has eaten them, depression that the once-delicious leftovers will certainly get tossed, and finally the acceptance that, yes, you’re tossing them albeit five days later. Damn it.
Needless to say, the holidays create leftovers in epic amounts. Container after container gets stacked and combined and shoved to the back of the fridge in the relentless quest to make everything fit. And it seems such a great idea at the time. The myriad meals with no work! More time with family! Frugality out the wazoo! And then, well, then reality rears its ugly head and your brilliant idea to turn those mashed potatoes into potato pancakes gets rolled to the curb like those trash bags of balled up wrapping paper.
So, just in time to save your soul, Acme is having what we call Calabash Night. You can call it therapy. It’s fresh Carolina shrimp, flounder, and oysters perfectly fried. With hushpuppies (the sweet kind), corn on the cob, and coleslaw, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce to round out the feast. Without a doubt, it’s the ultimate leftover vaccine. And you still don’t have to cook. It’s sort of a holiday from the holiday. With margaritas. Denial never tasted so good.
Of course, our regular menu will also be available. At Acme, we understand that therapy can take many different forms. And that “fried” is merely one.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme