Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

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

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.”

What to Eat
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, BBQ Beef
BBQ Beef
Ace beef especially welcomes horseradish mayonnaise.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Biscuit
Square biscuits welcome 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
Pulled pork needs no sauce, but several are available.
Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, Dirty Biscuit
Dirty Biscuit
Dirty Biscuit: fried chicken, sausage gravy, pimento cheese and pickle chips.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday9am - 3pm
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 8pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 46 MILES | 1 hr 7 min

In the late 19th century, Gordonsville, Virginia was known as the Chicken Leg Center of the Universe because the town's "chicken ladies" used to stand on the train platform offering trays full of fried chicken and biscuits to travelers. Gordonsville honors that heritage with a Fried Chicken Festival every May, but the great fried chicken…

4 stops | 306 MILES | 4 hr 58 min

Blue Ridge Parkway

This five hour trip will take drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to wonderful regional food served in restaurants that sing of local color.


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

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