Earlier this year Cville welcomed a new barbecue joint to town – Ace Biscuit and BBQ. I have had it several times and loved it the BBQ itself, but I had yet to visit the restaurant until my mom friends and I decided to meet for lunch.
The reason I was so happy to hear that Ace was opening was because they serve pastured pork. As a North Carolinian, I have a high level of nostalgia associated with BBQ but I don’t always feel so good eating as I’ve learned more about the pork industry. But when I asked Ace on its Facebook page if the pork was going to be pastured, they replied yes, and I knew I’d love the spot.
The menu isn’t cheap – $7 will get you a sandwich alone – but I’m willing to pay more knowing the effort and care that goes into free-range pigs. Sides are $2. I’m eager to try that waffles and/or biscuits for breakfast sometime soon!
The restaurant itself was tiny inside but bright, airy, busy and charming. We were lucky to be able to fill up the one and only table with plenty of bar seating left for those coming in for a quick lunch break.
I’ve had the pulled pork sandwich before, so this day I decided to be adventurous and tried the Cuban, which included pepperjack cheese, pickles and mustard. They make the pickles in house and they are fabulous! The sandwich was grilled and pressed and totally delicious. I think my favorite remains the classic pulled pork sandwich (for its overflowing volume!) but there was nothing I didn’t love about this Cuban.
On the side (and extra $): collard greens and fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese. Both were great. The bold and spicy BBQ sauce was great (very spicy!!) and I would have loved to get the North Carolina style except I know it has one-too-many onions for my taste! My half-lemonade-half-water was free because I ordered two sides – a fun perk.
Lunch was awesome, and I’m so glad we have another fun spot in town.