My day job keeps me on the Downtown East Side five days a week, and I usually don’t stick around afterwards. However, last week I found myself attending a screen printing workshop at Blim down the street, and thought I’d take advantage of the location and grab a bite to eat.
I went to Acme Cafe on Hastings, between Columbia and Abbott. I know the area seems intimidating, but don’t let that deter you. Acme is a little oasis in the DTES, with it’s octagon floor tiles and rectangle booths it feels very art deco. Almost like you’re eating in another era. It was a horrible, windy rainy day and I needed some comfort food. Lo and behold, meatloaf is on the menu! I almost went for the chicken pot pie, it was a tough choice. The meat loaf was served with gravy, roasted vegetables, and a lovely, lightly-dressed green salad.
I really enjoyed it. The meatloaf was delicious, and the roasted vegetables had a caramelized flavour to them. I am grateful that I didn’t have to pick between the roasted vegetables and the salad, it was great to have both. I couldn’t eat everything on my plate, but I was stoked for the leftovers and thoroughly enjoyed it again the next day.
It was also March 14 or Pi Day (3.14) and I felt the need to honour it. I asked my server for his recommendation, and I went home with a slice of banana cream pie. I was too eager to eat it that I forgot to take a picture before I devoured the whole thing. Amazing. There is not enough pie in this world. I’m bringing pie back.
Go check it out the next time you’re in the ‘hood. Parking is a bit hard to come by, but you won’t regret it.
Thanks Acme, I’ll be back to try the chicken pot pie and to eat more pie.