Heading into “off” season, Acme Ice House An American Bistro is on a new track. After opening this past Spring, they’ve learned a lot, made some changes, and are inviting customers to “come dine with us again for the first time.” Acme has a new chef (CIA trained Juan Martinez, most recently from The Pearl), new menu items, and new Happy Hour specials.
With executive chef Juan Martinez at the helm, Acme’s clear commitment is to approachable, exceptional food. Take their Scallops and Dumplings dish. Local Diver Scallops are seared and served with house-made potato gnocchi in a collard green pesto sauce. While testing the dish, Chef Martinez eagerly embraced a new method for preparing the gnocchi – using tips straight from his prep cook’s Italian-born grandmother. That enthusiasm for the art of cooking is what ultimately sets Acme’s fare apart. And their diners definitely reap the rewards.
The word “acme” means the highest point, the top, perfection. Through attention to every detail and an emphasis on house-made components and local ingredients, Acme Ice House lives up to its name. Offering scratch-made dressings, sauces, bread; even first brining and smoking their chicken wings – nothing is overlooked. Seafood is sourced from local fishermen and their cocktails are fashioned with in-house infused spirits (poblano pepper vodka in your Bloody Mary anyone?)
Happy Hour at the bar is 5-6 pm every day and features really great deals. Affectionately known as the “Shuck & Cluck”, Acme offers a dozen fresh gulf oysters or a half dozen wings for only $6. Premium Don Julio margaritas are a mere $5 as are all their classic well drinks. And every football game is on, be it Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Thursday. Fans aged 21 and over need to score a seat and check it out!
A good atmosphere in a restaurant helps make a dining experience, and Acme’s space has this in spades. It’s unique and unlike many of its local counterparts – is modern, warm, comfortable and just plain cool. Let’s put it this way: the bar sports tons of flat screens and a huge picture of the Ramones while the main dining area showcases their open kitchen and two wood burning ovens: a refined, polished vibe.
Acme Ice House truly has it all covered: outstanding cuisine rivaling any in this area, a diverse menu ranging from burgers to prime rib, Happy Hour specials, and a composed casual, collected vibe. See? Something for everyone.
Acme Ice House is located in Seacrest Beach at: 10343 East County Hwy 30A. Phone: (850) 502-5669. Hours: Monday through Friday 5 pm – 10 pm and 10 am – 10 pm Saturdays and Sundays.