ACME F&B Pops Out Some Interesting Dishes, Without the Boom Boom

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No Roadrunner in sight...

Inside the recent whirlwind of closings, openings, quick closings in order to reopen later and yet more openings and closings, we find ACME F&B, the latest to open its great big wooden doors.

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ACME standard signage.
In the space that formerly held Cretia's and its infamous "Boom Boom Room," ACME F&B appears like a delicious phoenix, rising from the ashes of VD-laden skanks. And it's likely the four women at the helm, Barcadia's Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson and Goodfriend/Good To Go Taco's Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson, would cook that phoenix from beak to talon, if given the opportunity.

Why the drawn-out analogy? Well, word is these ladies are participating in something called a "whole animal allocation program" which is hippie speak for dividing up the animals' edible parts among the multiple restaurants in their portfolio allowing for farmer-friendly, ever-changing menus.

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ACME's hustle & bustle, menu.
But back to ACME F&B. Its interior is woody and recycled, but very well put-together, reminiscent a more masculine Sissy's. Rust, wood and patina dominate the color palette. Rustic details are not overlooked, from the graph paper typewritten menus, to the paper-and-string-tied bread at each table, to the button-up-and-jeans uniform of the staff. As expected, opening night was jittery, with wait staff occasionally bumping into each other like super-charged molecules, but the energy of the place was charming.

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Icy, dark, stormy.
Cocktails ($10-$12) are thoughtfully assembled with something on the menu for everyone. Our table enjoyed the Blueberry Lemon Cooler with limoncello, blueberries, mint and soda, as well as a Dark & Stormy, featuring Gosslings, ginger beer and lime. Also featured is a lengthy list of wines poured by-the-glass and a collection of 24 beers on tap.

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Elevated potato skins.
First and second courses range from $9 for a summer chop salad with three-seed vinaigrette to $18 for Washington state oysters on the rocks with mignonette. We chose the Yukon skins with braised beef and horseradish crém fraiche ($10) and were not disappointed.

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Farmers cut lamb.
Mains don't come cheap at ACME F&B. A vegetarian dish of summer vegetables with spaetzle gratin is $22, and prices rise steeply from there, up to $32 for farmers cut beef, pork or lamb. I couldn't resist the chicken and dumplings with rainbow chard gnocchi ($27), which was rich and peppery. The "farmers cut" of lamb was served two ways: on the rack and shredded like brisket, accompanied by roasted cauliflower, tomatoes and fennel. Portions are hearty, but not huge.

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Cobbler with custard. Yes.
Dessert was a tough choice, but we finally decided on the Texas peach and blueberry cobbler with berry frozen custard ($8). It was well worth saving room for.

Grab your standard-issue dining partner and head to ACME F&B. I think you'll be surprised how, from snout to tail, nothing there is plain, general or standard at all. And the "Boom Boom Room?" Forgotten.

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Acme F&B

4900 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

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twinwillow
twinwillow

After the initial "gotta see it" crowd calms down, I think all they can probably depend on is the "M" street crowd (possibly, too expensive for them) and, the Park Cities crowd (maybe, too rustic for them). We'll have to see.

Jim
Jim

patina and wood are colors?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

The address above still lists Cretia, not Acme, as the restaurant's name. The jinx begins.

foodbitch
foodbitch

It's just too new to have an official Voice Places location. It's better than no address as it helps folks find the place, and I'm thinking it will be updated as soon as the database is updated.

Im_Ed_Carter
Im_Ed_Carter

People bitch and moan if their ice cream is too cold....

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I hope they exorcize the building. Acme looks good but that space is jinxed.

Mervis
Mervis

Any sign of the roadrunner or coyote?

Beda
Beda

Maybe it's because I'm not much of a cocktail drinker, but I'm constantly amazed at discussions of drinks that cost $10-$12.  Are people in Dallas really that wealthy, or do they just charge these $75-$100 dinners with drinks and pay later?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

These prices seem to be the same for the jameson whiskey or J&B scotch I typically order. I really don't get it

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

There are may places that serve Jameson for well under $12.  In fact, Id punch myself in the face if I was paying $12 for a jameson

Im_Ed_Carter
Im_Ed_Carter

McKinney Avenue is your first clue...Douchebag world capital of the world...

There are plenty of other dives and local places where drinks are far more reasonable...And, if you can't afford to drink while your out, pound a few shots before you go out and drink draft beer. 

My momma taught me that!! ZING!!

Terrence
Terrence

VD makes for appetizing visuals when discussing a new restaurant. Weak.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Whole animal allocation program ??

Never heard of it ; but the idea is great. And it makes for smart marketing.

Finally a food trend that a consumer can get behind (as opposed to food trucks/courts).

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