Ace is an amazing BBQ shack rejoicing life and flavor. A small breakfast-brunch place where you can make your personal biscuit sandwich with a variety of delicious local meats and homemade treats. On weekends, this tiny brick building located in the Rose Hill neighborhood fills up with students from the University of Virginia, who love the waffles with crispy chicken and sitting at the large outdoor tables.
The signature and awarded (second) best BBQ and best breakfast sandwiches are the delicious Brisket & Biscuit, with sunny side egg, caramelized onions, cheddar, and spicy sauce, and the Old Dirty Biscuit with fried chicken, sausage gravy, and pimiento cheese.
The owner and chef at Ace is Brian Ashworth, who trained himself in many good restaurants and decided to set up his own barbecues and cook directly on the coals, which he sources himself from trees on his farm. Impressive! He has mastered smoked and BBQ dishes like pulled pork BBQ, ribs, chicken, and sausage. The day we were there he was roasting beef and lemons…beautiful!
Even the careful assortment of sauces is home made. Gravy, Virginia red, bold & spicy, cider mustard, hot sauce…
But, the meat is so good that most people don’t need to put sauce on it. “Good barbecue doesn’t need it but, of course, we make our own just in case,” Mr. Ashworth says. They also make their own buttermilk biscuits, baked freshly every morning, ready at 8 a.m. when customers start rolling in.
Phone: (434) 202-1403
Hours: Mon-Sun from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Text and photo: Edu Bayer