The name may say it all but Acme Taco & Burger is not your typical Mexican food and hamburgers. Everything is made fresh, traditional dishes are tuned up a notch and entrees combine flavors in unique and innovative ways.
“Our food is something special with a twist,” said owner Vic Patel. “It’s not just tacos. It’s not just burgers. It’s so much more than that.”
Patel gives two of his favorite dishes as examples. The steak and shrimp chimichanga mixes up marinated steak, sautéed shrimp, roasted poblano peppers and pepper jack cheese in a large flour tortilla, then arrives topped with poblano sauce, chipotle sour cream and guacamole.
The seafood enchiladas take flour tortillas and stuff them with Maine lobster, Gulf crab and shrimp, roasted corn and pepper jack cheese that’s smothered in a rich and decadent house-made Chardonnay cream sauce and served with a side of Acme rice and grilled veggies.
Of course there’s tacos, served in a wide variety of styles and sauces. The Mexican tacos combine crisp corn tortillas with mozzarella cheese, grilled onions and cilantro with a choice of meat and side. The Buffalo features a double-battered chicken breast or shrimp tossed in buffalo sauce and nestled in a bed of greens with blue cheese crumbles. Think hot wings meet soft tacos. There’s even lamb tacos!
For something really fun, try the OMFG taco, which stands for “Oh My Fried Goodness!” It starts with a corn tortilla and includes a choice of meat — shredded beef, chicken or pork — lettuce, tomato and pepper jack cheese that’s deep fried in the shell.
You can also make your own, choosing a protein and adding sides to round off the Mexican-style heaven in a shell.
Like the taco menu, diners can also make their own burgers or choose one of their specialty creations. The Euro Trash brings together spicy Creole mustard, roasted spinach peppers and baby Swiss cheese on a sourdough pretzel bun. Head to France with the “To Brie (Or Not To Brie)” burger with orange and onion marmalade, caramelized onions and creamy French brie. If you want to be healthy, the “Tree Hugger” serves up fresh guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, tomato slices and onions topped with Vermont cheddar on a multi-grain Kaiser bun.
In addition, Acme offers up delicious sides, extravagant nachos and soups and salads. Children are welcomed here as well, and have their own menu with entrees that come with fries and a drink for only $7 each.
The restaurant began as two separate entities that merged last year and moved to its present location at 5621 Johnston St., near the intersection with Ambassador Caffery. The new location offers a larger space, extended hours and a drive-through that’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. daily for breakfast burritos, all reasonably priced.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Acme serves up brunch with specialty dishes and bottomless mimosas. Merging traditions again, there’s crab and egg enchiladas, three tortilla enchiladas rolled with scrambled eggs and topped with a poblano salsa, Louisiana blue crab and sour cream. Or a brunch burger that includes a fried egg, hashbrowns and hollandaise on its half-pound chuck patty that’s served on a homemade waffle bun.
And of course you can’t forget the traditional chips and salsa. A complimentary basket of chips and the house salsa — made with super ripe tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh and charred peppers and Mexican herbs — arrives automatically to your table.
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