Sunday, July 14, 2013
Nancy's Quick Pick #8: Acme Cafe
It looks like my quick picks are going to need to get even quicker for me to blog regularly. So just trust me on this one, Acme Cafe on E. Hastings St. (near Army and Navy) has it going on. The photo shows a delicious meatloaf sandwich on a pretzel bun, with a side of a delicious macaroni and cheese (for about a $2 add on cost). I had this meal on two occasions and on the first finished it with pie, which was the real reason I sought this place out (on Pi day, March 14).
Do I really need to say more? Actually, I do, because the first time I went there, I ordered three very personally risky items. I have only had pretzel buns that I have found too hard and chewy to be really practical as a sandwich bun. I have lately been having horrible luck with mac and cheese. How can you screw up mac and cheese, you say? That's what I thought! No time for those horror stories. Suffice it to say, Acme's mac and cheese is creamy, tastes like cheese, and is a good texture. The third risky item was a coconut cream pie. I love pie. I love cream pies. I am weird with coconut. It's something about the stringy chewy bits ruining a smooth creamy filling, I think. But it was really close to closing and there were only a few choices left. Compared to earlier that day when they had 18 (I know! 18!) pies to choose from. Anyhow, the coconut cream pie was delish, and all three things impressed me that much more given my wariness from bad prior experiences.
On my second visit I also had a B52 shake. That meal was a great treat at the end of a busy week. I do wish this place was right in my neighbourhood. Maybe one day, since I've been dreaming lately of Gastown lofts with huge roof patios.
Staff are friendly, the place is cute and all retro diner-y, and prices are very reasonable.