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Acme Burger in Oliver’s shopping center is a must visit!

By: Sydney Wells
February 28, 2020

A co-worker suggested I try Acme Burger in Cotati since I haven’t ever been there before. I’m glad she did. It was a very pleasant visit. Located at 550 East Cotati Avenue, just a few doors down from Oliver’s Market, Acme Burger is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving lunch and dinner. Todd Kniess, the owner and creator, opened his creation last February and it looks like it continues to grow. 

Kniess doesn’t just own it, he works it. During my visit he was working the counter, delivering orders, chatting up the customers and filling the space with a happy go-lucky presence. He wasn’t alone. All employees, dressed in black and some wearing Acme Burger shirts and hats, were smiling and just as friendly. There’s a combination of indoor and outdoor seating, mostly bench-style tables. However, a few regular metal tables were present to afford accessibility to those differently abled. In addition, I saw a couple of café bistro-type tables which appeared to be occupied by customers awaiting orders to go.

What else did I see? A family-oriented atmosphere! There were board games available, a foosball table, a mounted television to watch. Hanging on the wall were coloring book type pages, obviously colored by children while waiting for their meal then signed and placed upon the wall. A review of Acme’s Facebook page quickly confirmed my impression. Hosting Family Fun and Movie nights with discounted menu items or specials. They held a Super Bowl Pig Roast. Obviously, they support the local community too. For example, they participated in Dine and Donate efforts for local schools to include Technology Middle School and Thomas Page Academy. They even had various newspapers available to read while waiting, including The Community Voice.

In addition to their Facebook page, check out their website at: https://acmeburgerco.com. The about us page is interesting reading. Todd has had an impressive career in the restaurant business prior to moving to Sonoma County in 2017. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he honed his skills in a variety of high-end restaurants all over the world. He also owned and operated his own Bistro in Berkeley for 16 years. Given his resume you might wonder why a Burger joint? Given his smile – I suspect I know why.

The menu is evolving. If you’re like me, you often check out online menus. So, you should know the caveat “Menu is subject to change” may apply. For Acme Burger, it does apply. Various websites show different yet similar menus for Acme Burger. Even the menu on their own website isn’t current. For example, the pulled pork sandwich that I chose for my dinner wasn’t listed on the website menus. It was delicious, by the way. And if you choose a side order of fries, you’d better be hungry because the serving size is generous indeed. The prices were not only reasonable, they were lower than I expected.  Perhaps that’s why they made Sonoma Magazine’s List of 25 Best Cheap Eats in Sonoma County last October. They also offer a 10 percent discount to all veterans, active duty military and first responders.

I intend to return and get a burger next time at this burger joint! Online reviews indicate they are good. They have singles and doubles. They have beef, turkey and an Impossible Burger available as well as a wide variety of toppings to garnish them with. The prices range from $5.95 to $11.75 depending on size. Toppings add $.50 to $1.50 depending on choice. Add a drink and shoestring fries to make a combo for a few dollars more. You have a half dozen choices of soup, chili or salad too. Beer and wine are available. Fountain drinks and iced tea come with free refills. Don’t like shoestring fries? Try the Sweet Potato, Cajun or Garlic Fries. Perhaps onion rings or Tater tots. Ice Cream cones and shakes are also available. 

Until next time, thanks for the tip.