My in-laws were in town a few weeks ago and they really enjoy Chinese food so we went toGourmetKingdomin Carrboro. This was a much anticipated trip for me since I had heard so many wonderful things about the food here. The restaurant itself is quite large with several booths, some larger tables and a large area for a buffet or banquet style events. However, furnishings are worn out and could really use to be updated. Having said that, this is not someplace you come for the atmosphere; it is all about the food.
A few weeks ago G and I went to the NC Comedy Arts Festival in Carrboro and we decided to try Acme Food & Beverage Company before. We arrived for our 7:15pm reservation and the restaurant was almost full. The atmosphere is warm and bustling with rust colored walls and simple tables positioned somewhat close together. The dining area is separated from the long bar by a half wall which makes the space more intimate.
The menu is eclectic with small plates, bowls, plates and sandwiches. The small plates are appetizer size and can be combined to make a meal. The bowls are fun dishes either a stew or rice based dish. The plates are entrées size dishes. The beverage menu has a nice variety of interesting wines and several local beers. That evening they were featuring some Zinfandels from one California winery so we each tried a glass. I liked that they offered these features outside of their usual offerings.