Ace Cafe is not somewhere that you would take a prospective client to impress them. The place looks a little old, dated, and run-down. Hand-written specials boards, squeaky chairs, half-stocked coolers and peeling linoleum tiles give an impression of an establishment that you hope has seen better days. And it's not like the food is some hidden gem that instantly transports you away into culinary ecstasy, either. And honestly, it even smells a little odd some days.
But it doesn't really matter, because I keep going back. Despite my first impressions (and therefore my first remarks), I've got a soft spot for the place. It may be old and dated, but it's clean. The coolers may be half-stocked, but I'm not buying two dozen bottles of Coke. And the food might not be something I'll be reminiscing about when I'm in my 80s, but it is completely solid fare. The reason I keep going back is because I like the people that run the place.
Ace Cafe is run by an older couple, I don't know where they're originally from and I won't embarrass myself by trying to guess, nor do I know if they own as well as operate, but I have a feeling they do. Regardless, they put the effort in. They're friendly, hospitable, and happy to please. The cafe may seem tired, but they're still determined to make a go of it, and they treat you well.
Normally I'll have a hamburger and fries, done in my own picky way (without attitude or incident, which is always so nice), but they also do sandwiches and soups and I believe pizza as well. I've never tried their breakfast bagels, but have heard the rave reviews, and probably will drop in early some day.
All in all, the food is tasty enough, the prices aren't exorbitant and the service is pleasant. A satisfying stop for lunch.