First, some background info for those who don't keep up on the finer details of McKinney Avenue restaurant news. Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson of Good 2 Go Taco teamed up Barcadia owners Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson to create sorta-casual, sorta-refined restaurant on the corner of Monticello and McKinney Avenues. They open in the summer of 2012, and by the fall split up over arguments onkitchen management practices
and other things.
O'Hare and Johnson went on to open Mot Hot Bai, which offers a strange but delicious riff on Vietnamese cooking elsewhere in East Dallas, while chef Norman Grimm was hired to man the pass at Acme F&B.
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In the months that followed, Acme F&B wandered around a little aimlessly trying to find its new identity. Half price food specials that you might normally see at bars that sell much more booze than food started popping up, and once gorgeous cheese plates got a little moldy (and not in a good way.) The bar was slowly shifting toward more of a bar than a restaurant -- and now it seems to have settled that way.
The newly minted Acme Social Club is now your classic, friendly, neighborhood restaurant and bar, according to a news release, with 22 Texas beers on tap, house-infused cocktails and what is enticingly described as "above-average bar food." Expect a Cowboy Burger with white cheddar, grilled onion, pickled jalapeño and bacon, and an Acme Burger with white cheddar and and a side of blue cheese dip.
While "above average" doesn't exactly entice, the burgers that have been served at Acme have been quite good. The rest of the menu sticks with the above average theme offering flat breads, country fried tenderloin, chicken and dumplings, and blackened mahi tacos.
Acme has a lot going for it. The massive patio, rustic and kitschy decor and two bars offer a great space whether your tossing back Skittles shots (bar manager Julie Campbell's beverage program is anchored by a number of interesting infusions) chomping on a burger, or you know, being social at the Social Club bar.