Not too long ago, I hit up Acme Cafe for the first time at lunch with one of my girlfriends. It opened up earlier this year in the spring in Gastown, on West Hastings (between Abbott and Carrall Streets), and I’ve been hearing about it’s pie ever since.
When walking in, it feels like you’re in another decade, when diners ruled the restaurant scene. The open kitchen is on the right, and when walking in, there are a variety of freshly baked pies on display. There are stools up against the counter top, but there are also booths lining the left wall – this is where we were seated that day.
The menu lists a variety of breakfast items, along with a section dedicated to a variety of sandwiches. There are also a variety of other lunch and dinner main plates and salads, and even special portions of certain items for kids.
We both decided to get a sandwich for lunch, and I chose the Veggie Sandwich. It comes with the choice of a cup of soup, or broccoli almond slaw and potato chips – I went for the former, which was a Split Pea and Ham that day. Also, each one comes with a pickle wedge. This grilled Ciabatta panini was made up of goat cheese, portobello mushroom, peppers, zucchini, sun-dried tomato and basil mayo. I’m not one to eat mostly vegetarian items (as you can tell since I had meat in my soup), but I found this to be extremely tasty and would definitely order it again. The soup was quite good as well, although pea soups aren’t exactly something I usually rave about.
My girlfriend chose the Tuna Melt, which also comes on a grilled Ciabatta panini, with provolone cheese, herb dressing, tomato and grainy dijon mayo. She quite enjoyed hers as well, but I didn’t taste it on my own and can’t comment.
Although we didn’t finish off our meals (we took them to go, and found them wrapped in what appeared to be butcher’s paper used over a cut of meat), we decided to split a piece of pie). We couldn’t go and not try one in the end! Although there isn’t a specific menu listing all of the pies, our server told us what was available that day, and we went with the Pumpkin Pecan Pie, just in time for Thanksgiving. With a dollop of whipping cream on the side, a substantial amount of cinnamon and a crisp, flaky crust, I thoroughly enjoyed it! There were also plenty of nuts throughout, and it of course tasted like it had been recently baked. What could be better?
Overall, we found Acme Cafe to be a simple diner, with solid food, and great service. I know where I’m going back for more pie!