What’s a good lunch spot? Let’s spot for the place with a lineup, you know it’s good when people wait while they’re starving. They only serve two sandwiches? Limited choice means the food goes out fast and fresh. It also plays hip hop music on clubbing volume and has a punching bag installation in the back of the restaurant? I’m there! But yet, around the corner these is another really good soup and sandwich diner. Acme Cafe Vancouver in Gastown!
Some of you might’ve caught on to my Meat and Bread description. It’s a good lunch spot ran by a team of marketing geniuses with abundance of sandwich construction ideas. (Amongst other things) I just feel that there has been an oversight on the neighboring eateries. Before I move on, I am not discrediting Meat and Bread, I can’t wait to go back. I just want to tell the people at the back of the line low on blood sugar, about to faint, that there are other choices just as good.
Acme Cafe is located near the historic Woodward’s building. This diner features modern classic comfort food. Instead of 2 sandwiches, they have 10. They also have breakfast, dinner, lemon meringue pies, and even a kids meal. What they don’t have is hip hop music, communal table, line ups, punching bags, etc. Acme Cafe is minimalist and brightly lit. It is clean despite what outside traffic suggests.
Baked Eggs Benny: layers of English muffin, eggs and ham, oven-baked and topped with Hollandaise sauce with shredded redskin potato. I thought the layers of English muffin looked very filling, but it was soft and fluffy. Shredded redskin potato added a good texture, but the hollandaise sauce was the star. Rich and creamy egg beaten goodness covered the new take of Benedict.
Shrimp Melt : shrimp, roasted peppers, and onions open faced and topped with Jack cheese. On a half-Ciabatta. Open face shrimp melt with sweetness aided by peppers, and onions.
Salmon Dill Soup: I have a soft spot for western hearty soups. This has taught me salmon with dill is a match made in heaven.
I know it’s unfair to compare Meat and Bread with the Gastown Acme Cafe. It is two different types of restaurants serving different clienteles. For this exercise, I took away the ambiance, and simply presented the food for our readers.
BTW, have you tried Acme Cafe’s lemon meringue pie?