Acme Cafe

Diana Chan November 16, 2010 Cafe, Gastown

Acme Cafe is located on Hastings near SFU Woodwards building. I have to admit, it was kinda sketchy getting to because it was right at the border or the good Hastings and the bad part of Hastings. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The interior does look like a little cafe. I went at about 2pm, so it was pretty empty and slightly creepy but I’m sure if you go during peak times, it’ll be looking awesome inside. I hear the sometimes there are line ups.

The menu is on 2 pages and you have many choices to choose from. If you are stuck, you can always ask the staff.

I got a latte ($3.50) to start off the meal since I was definitely in need of a caffeine rush. When it first arrived, I was really unimpressed by the presentation. I’ve had a lot of lattes, but it was really disappointing seeing it look like a mess.

I got the roast beef sandwich ($12) and it came with a side of their daily soup.

The roast beef sandwich had a whole wheat hoagie bun, beef, spicy horseradish, Swiss cheese, sliced pickle, arugula and grainy dijon mayo. The sliced pickle worked wonders for this sandwich. It was very simple and the ingredients worked REALLY well together.

The only thing I didn’t like about the sandwich was that the roast beef was sliced a bit too thick. I had to use a knife and fork to cut it up. It was only an issue for the first half of the sandwich, but after that all the pieces were a normally slices and easy to chew. Overall, I still enjoyed the sandwich despite this little issue.

The daily soup, which I could not remember what it was called…was ok. I usually don’t like these types of soups. So, I will be honest and super biased about it. I don’t like tomato and potato types of soups.

They also sell a bunch of pastries and breads.

I ended up getting the espresso butter tart. It resembled a poppy. Butter tart was <3. Nice as flakey on the outside, and just tasted SO GOOD.

The total came out to be $21. I was a bit surprised. I eat a lot, but I didn’t think I ate $21 worth of food by myself. I was satisfied with the sandwich, but the coffee and soup didn’t do it for me. I feel like I should return one day to give Acme Cafe another chance. For now, I will not rate Acme Cafe. Perhaps trying some pie and Mac & Cheese will sway my thinking.

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Flora November 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Haha you don’t like potato type soups… I wonder why 😉

    I went there during noon once and it was quite busy. Loved the old-school diner look. I had the Shrimp Guacamole, which was a little disappointing, but after reading this review, I plan on going back again!

    • DesignGirl November 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      Yes…one whole day of boiling, skinning, and mashing bags and bags of potatoes for SLR.

  2. KimHo November 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Yes, I understand it is a really strange juxtaposition of having this type of food, at that price range in, out of all places, right next to Vancouver Downtown Eastside! In my visit, I thought the food was decent but, looking back, it does hit a $ore point… 🙂

    • DesignGirl November 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      My wallet felt so empty afterwards…

  3. Victoria November 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I actually really liked the Veggie Panini (and I’m not even close to vegetarian). Plus, the pie that I had there was one of the best and most fresh pumpkin pies I’ve ever had!

    • DesignGirl November 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Mmmmm Pumpkin Pie!

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