Greetings from Carrboro,
Herding cats is one thing. But herding snakes is an entirely different ball of wax. For one, they live in holes in the ground. Their lack of ears certainly can’t help the situation. And then there’s the, you know, fangs/poison/creepy part of the equation. Pretty daunting to say the least. It took me well over an hour to get just one out of a crawl space. It was small and probably harmless but I still needed a stiff drink after the ordeal. So it’s fair to say that St. Patrick’s eviction of any and all snakes from the entirety of the Emerald Isle does seem a tad miraculous, to say the least.
Thankfully, we don’t celebrate his memory by eating serpents. My well-honed instinct is that the holiday would not be quite as popular. Certainly at restaurants. By and large, dishes featuring reptiles don’t traditionally sell too well. At least in Carrboro. But corned beef – well, that’s a different story. And why we’ve brined and cooked oh-so slowly more than 100 pounds of brisket for St. Patrick’s Day. With plenty of the necessary braised cabbage, spring potatoes and whiskey mustard cream for a proper St. Patrick’s Day feast. And, by the way, that would be tomorrow, March 17th. Oh, boy.
Of course, we didn’t stop there; how could we? All weekend, there will be shepherd’s pie and bangers & mashed potatoes, Dublin-styled lamb curry and mint & sweet pea risotto. Seafood chowder and colcannon, Irish soda bread and chocolate Guinness cake. And all our usual Southern fare alongside oodles of beer and classic Irish cocktails to quench your thirst. It’s enough to make you want to dance a jig. OK, maybe I’m projecting a bit.
And for anyone who wants to enjoy their Irish feast leisurely at home, we still have about 10 of our take home St. Patrick’s Day Feast for 2 available to be picked up tomorrow afternoon between 12pm – 2pm. Menu is below and can be ordered here. We make delicious easy.
Not quite as Irish, but equally worth celebrating, Acme will have shad roe starting tonight. But only so many. Pan-seared in a cast iron skillet with cheese grits, and dressed with hot bacon, lemon, and capers. As the kids text these days, IYKYK. A most delicious harbinger of spring if ever there was one.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme