Acme Cafe

I woke up that afternoon thinking that I was going to indulge in the culinary creations of the relatively new Sushi California on Broadway.  Unfortunately, Shrimpo gave into her Japanese hankering a bit too soon, and decided to eat sushi the day before – twice.  So, we scrambled around to look for a restaurant.

“Where do you wanna go?”

“I don’t know.  Where do you wanna go?”

After several minutes of back-and-forth, we decided on Acme Cafe on East Hastings, near Save-On-Meats!  Despite the sketchy area, the sun shined brightly and the skies glowed blue.  It was a good day for a good meal!

Baked Goods Display

Walking past the glass door, we were greeted by a glass display case, brimming with baked goodies.  Anything from cookies to pies – they had it.

Open Kitchen

Without a doubt, Acme Cafe is a hipster hotspot.  So much so, that even Foursquare peeps wrote about their hipster servers!  I’m not complaining though ‘cos the atmosphere was just as awesome as the servers.  I especially liked the open kitchen, where you get to see every ingredient and movement put into your meal.

Meat Loaf Sandwich

Although it was brunch time, I turned away from the eggs and ordered something much more carnivorous :  Meat Loaf Sandwich ($12.5).  You also get to choose between a Broccoli Slaw & Potato Chips or Daily Soup or Mac & Cheese (plus bacon if you’d like).

Meat Loaf Sandwich

Besides the obvious loaves of meat, there’s BBQ sauce, grainy Dijon mayo, swiss cheese, caramelized onions and arugula.  And everything was sandwiched inside a soft pretzel bun.

Meat Loaf Sandwich

The meatloaf was nothing short of spectacular!  It was surprisingly light and moist, yet still packed with flavour.  The BBQ sauce was average; nevertheless, it was still good in the sense that it wasn’t overly sweet. The Dijon mustard brushed the meat with a swipe of heatiness.  I also appreciated the arugula that helped cut through the bold flavours.

Broccoli Slaw

Plated next to the sandwich was the Broccoli Slaw.  Keeping in mind that I don’t eat much slaw, I’d say this was the best one yet.  It was lightly dressed and had craisins that bursted with sweetness.

Baked Eggs Benedict

Feeling a bit more brunchy, Shrimpo ordered the Baked Eggs Benny w/ Shredded Red Potatos ($10.75).  I know, baked?  Don’t worry, it tasted great!  And because it was baked, I felt that it was more like a quiche, especially due to the crust-like English muffin layer.


Since people raved about Acme’s pies, we decided to order a couple pieces of the Strawberry Rhubarb à la mode ($5.5/piece + $1/ice cream).  For those who don’t know, rhubarb is like a tart-version of celery.  Of course, it wasn’t crunchy after being baked into a pie!

Anyway, I didn’t really like the pie as I found it overly sweet.  Ironically, eating it with the ice cream did mellow out the sugary flavour… but there’s only so much ice cream.  It sorta tasted like I was eating jam and was quite expensive.

To finish off this review, here are some freshly baked goods that we got to sit beside and ogle at while they cooled down:




Final Bytes

  1. Great place for brunch!  All day brunch on the weekend!
  2. Gets pretty busy, so come around 11:30am!
  3. Pies are pretty expensive.

Foodobyte’s Rating

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  • JI

    Just wanted to say that I read some of your articles in the Health and Nutrition section and thought they were very informative. Keep it up! I also have a quick question for you. I’m interested in studying dietetics and wondered what kind of volunteer work would you recommend?

    • Thanks for checking out my articles! :)

      Well, any volunteer that directly involves a dietitian would be best. You can find a list of RDs on the Dietitians of Canada website! Personally, I volunteered at a senior’s home, volunteer-run cafe, food-related UBC clubs and a RD’s company where I wrote nutrition articles and handouts. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]!

      • JI

        Thanks for replying! :)

        • No problem! Good luck with your application! :)

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