Chef Frank Kline began with the formerly named Acme Cantina in the spring of 2010. The Acme Cantina was renamed Acme Lowcountry Kitchen in 2013. The focus of the restaurant was also switched from a tex-mex cuisine with strong bar focus to a seafood focused southern cuisine style with a local first mission. Chef Kline’s culinary background includes the Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Carolinas, and the Boathouse on East Bay Street.
Under Chef Kline’s Leadership, Acme Lowcountry Kitchen has a revamped menu and attitude and has steadily become tripadvisor.com’s number one rated restaurant on Isle of Palms. Locally sourced seafood and produce have become the standard for Acme Lowcountry Kitchen and Chef Kline. In the spring of 2015, The Post and Courier published an article on the Charleston restaurants and the local shimp market which included quotes from Chef Kline and the shrimp market promotion of Acme Lowcountry Kitchen. In the article it is mentioned that Chef Kline with Acme Lowcountry Kitchen’s owners Bobby Simons and Rodger Tully purchased 5,000 pounds local shrimp and actually built a freezer to store this and future shrimp purchases. In a later article in 2015, Hanna Raskin of The Post and Courier called Chef Kline “the incorrigible grits tinkerer” for the culinary twists on the traditional southern staple.
Chef Kline has three degrees in Business from The University of South Carolina. His Culinary background is a combination of self-teaching and being around innovative chefs of his past including Josh Wagers, previously Executive Chef of the Boathouse on Breach Inlet, Jeremiah Bacon of Macintosh and Oak, & Charles Arena Executive Chef of the Boathouse on Breach Inlet.
Best Crabcake : The Taste of the Islands 2008
Best Local inspired side dish: The Lee Brothers Holiday Contest 2012