110 E. Main St., Carrboro; 919-929-2263; acmecarrboro.com
It was odd for me to be at Acme in the daylight. Usually I sit packed in at the cozy bar and start off a late dinner with the daily cornbread or order dessert as a nightcap. But sipping coffee in a window seat during brunch, I decided the malted ricotta doughnuts with maple, chocolate and raspberry glazes were nearly as good as my beloved cornbread. With a dozen entree offerings, there’s something for everyone, including those who think it wouldn’t be brunch without whipped cream and maple syrup and the “I wish it was lunchtime, so I’ll have a burger” camp. Joining the latter group, I had the Sunday Fried Chicken with a mushroom gravy and Southern butter beans. For many, this pecan-crusted chicken with herbs and tomatoes would pass for a hearty supper. All I know is that Acme consistently cooks up some of the best fried chicken in town morning, noon and night. $13
Ed. Note: This article first appeared in our April 2015 issue.