Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

Bar-b-q | Diner | Smoke House
One of the best

Tucked into an unprepossessing brick building in Charlottesville’s Rose Hill neighborhood, Ace Biscuit & Barbecue does its name proud. An Ace biscuit is square and substantial, not angelically light but a high-quality presence to reckon with – rich and luxurious, speckled throughout with sharp grains of black pepper. Its avoirdupois makes it ideal as the foundation for a breakfast specialty called the Dirty Biscuit: a couple of succulent, crisp-fried chicken thighs topped with sausage gravy on one half, and a blanket of sweet-pepper pimiento cheese and a couple of thick pickle chips on the other half.

What’s fun about the biscuit side of the equation is all the possibilities. The blackboard menu invites customers to build their own with southern breakfast sausage, Mexican chorizo, pulled pork, bacon, country ham, buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and a wide assortment of different cheeses. And, of course, there are sausage gravy and/or eggs. For those not in a biscuit mood, Ace offers breakfast of flapjacks or waffles (with or without fried chicken on top).

As for the barbecue, that, too, is dandy (and, in my experience, available first thing in the morning as well as for lunch). Pulled pork is extraordinarily smoky, coming in a motley heap of shreds and chunks, available with all sorts of sauces, including North Carolina vinegar and an eye-opening “bold & spicy.” Thin-sliced tri-tip is savory in its own juices, but dramatically better with house-made horseradish mayo. Spare ribs are billed as “belly on a bone.”

Dining is eat-in-the-rough casual. Place your order at the counter, pay, and give the order-taker your name. When it’s ready he or she will call you up to fetch your food. Bring it to one of the tables or to the counter along the wall and front window. When finished, customers are expected to bus their own places.

What to Eat
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, BBQ Beef
BBQ Beef
There's plenty of cattle grazing in the landscape around Charlottesville, and beef is no second-class citizen on the dinner table. Ace's is divine when anointed with horseradish mayonnaise.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Biscuit
Big, square biscuits welcome a spoon of blackberry peach jam.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens are pungent, sharp, and overwhelmingly veggie.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac 'n' cheese is extraordinarily creamy, as rich as can be.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
I love the pulled pork just as it is, but there also are several interesting sauces available. North Carolina vinegar and a tomato sauce billed as 'bold and spicy' both were excellent.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Ice Tea
Ice Tea
When staffer Erin Kennedy handed me my sweet tea, she warned that I should be sure to stir it well. That clear layer at the bottom is simple syrup.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Dirty Biscuit
Dirty Biscuit
The Dirty Biscuit is a tremendous southern meal: a pair of buttermilk fried chicken thighs topped with peppery sausage gravy, along with pimiento cheese and a pair of thick pickle chips. Knife and fork are required!
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 2pm
Monday8am - 3pm
Tuesday8am - 3pm
Wednesday8am - 3pm
Thursday8am - 3pm
Friday8am - 3pm
Saturday8am - 3pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 46 MILES | 1 hr 7 min

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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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