Ace BBQ

April 15, 2013

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lunch was awesome, and I’m so glad we have another fun spot in town.

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1 Emily @ The Swallow Flies April 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

Charlottesville is certainly not hurting for delicious restaurants, huh? Collard greens and fried green tomatoes: mmmmmm! I need to plan a return trip…yum.

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2 Tara April 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

Cubans are out of this world if made correctly! Really craving one now. Yours had ham as well as pork right?!

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3 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

Indeed. It was their twist on one

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4 Lou April 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

A Cuban is made with ham and pork, that’s traditional- the pepperjack cheese is the twist. Traditionally, it’s made with swiss.
Re: pricing, a side and a sandwich comes to $9? That’s a totally normal price point for non-free range pork, so you really got a deal.
If the onions are cooked down til they provide flavor but no texture, will you eat a dish with them?

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5 katie April 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

is ham not pork? is pork not the umbrella term for all pig derived meats? do you mean pulled pork?

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6 Amy April 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Katie, a traditional cuban sandwich has glazed ham and roasted pork, not pulled pork (unless this BBQ place puts a spin on the sandwich with it). Yes, ham is pork but she is referring to roasted pork when she said “pork”.

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7 Amy April 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Katie, me again lol. I went and read the menu board in Kath’s post and it reads that the “Ace Cuban” version they serve has “pulled pork” and “country ham”.

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8 Lindsay @ Health Foragers April 15, 2013 at 8:54 am

Sounds amazing! We just moved to Ohio from North and South Carolina and I think I miss the BBQ the most. My mouth is watering bad right now.

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9 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

I seriously miss BBQ joints! It is nice that some restaurants are really highlighting food that is local, organic, or meat that is grass-fed, etc. It does make it nicer to enjoy and I am willing to spend a bit more $ there!

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10 Carly @ Snack Therapy April 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love quaint little places like that! I live in Northern California, so good BBQ isn’t too common around here, as you can imagine!

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11 elizabeth April 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

Have you posted anything about your garden beds lately? What do you have growing?

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12 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

We haven’t planted yet… Coming soon!

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13 Tonya April 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’m in the DC metro area so we’re getting pretty much the same weather on the east coast. I haven’t planted yet either. Hoping to do some this week since we seem to have warmed up permanently. I look forward to this post. Also wondering if i should start from seed or plant since the planting season is so delayed this year.

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14 lynn @ the actor's diet April 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

yum! we have a BBQ place that opened near us that peeps are freaking out over but I have to admit I am quite ignorant about NC-style vs. Texas vs…

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15 sara @ fitcupcaker April 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

I love pork too! I would also pay the extra to know what I’m eating is good :) I absolutely love fried green tomatoes but i havent had them in forever, yum!

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16 Alyssa April 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

I am willing to pay more for animal products when I know the animal has been treated humanely. Personally, I think it tastes better too!

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17 Mary Catherine April 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

I’m having a Kath day! Whipped banana oats with TJ’s sun butter for breakfast and a smoked trout salad for lunch :)

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18 Robyn @thereallife_RD April 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

oh yum!! i had no idea about this place in town, must try soon!

lunch sometime??

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19 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

Totally!

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20 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 15, 2013 at 11:25 am

As a girl who grew up in the south I’ve got the biggest soft spot for great BBQ. As a Daddy’s girl I’m still convinced my dad makes the best brisket… even though for the majority of my childhood he had be convinced it was made from an exotic bird. I would love to find a place like that near here in Denver.

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21 Kristi April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Glad you enjoyed it this time! I got the impression from your previous post that you didn’t really care for it b/c of the sauce. I’m also from NC and agree that raw onions are not traditional and I wouldn’t fully enjoy that, although my husband would be all over it!

Also, I can’t think of any restaurant these days that doesn’t charge $9-11 for lunch entrees. Add in higher quality meat and I definitely think Ace sounds like a deal.

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22 Ellie April 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hey! Just curious, and not trying to come off as jerky/offensive, but do you receive free food or financial reimbursement for posts like this? Do local restaurants in Cville usually know you’re reviewing them ahead of time?

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23 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

No, neither : ) I would write something like “Ace asked me to come have lunch on them” or something to that effect if I had been invited as a guest to review it formally. This was just a group of girlfriends going out and I wanted to spread the word. Thanks for asking though.

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24 Ellie April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Oh, cool! I wasn’t sure because this one seemed like a more formal review. Thanks so much!

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25 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Yeah, I don’t normally do restaurants as their own but new format = new options! :)

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26 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

My boys just love Pulled Pork in a Bun…so easy to make in the slow cooker too! :)

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27 Avery April 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Hey Kath! I have been following your blog for SUCH a long time now and it is one of my highlights in the day to read your blog. I was wondering if in the future you could possibly do a post on your favorite granolas? I know you have alot going on now but I am trying to find a granola I like and having difficulty with it. There is no rush for the post it is simply an idea for the future! Thank you for inspiring me to live a healthy happy life!

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28 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

On my list!! Problem is I have a hard time remembering them all, but I’ll definitely start working on this

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29 Avery Hudson April 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you! No rush!

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30 Kelly Anne April 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Oooo I would love this too!

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31 Ella P April 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

Dear Kath,
I really need to ask for a clarification: is granola what we call here in Europe “muesli”?

Muesli-girl Ella

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32 KathEats April 16, 2013 at 7:34 am

My understanding is that muesli is dry oats with dried fruit that gets soaked in milk/yogurt whereas Granola is baked oats with mixins to a crunch served over yogurt, in milk, or as a topping

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33 Ella P April 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

Thank you Kath, I must definitely try your Granola, it sounds fantastic and I am sure I’d love it!
Yes, muesli is dry oats and fruit and it needs (a lot of) soaking.

Since they do not sell granola in shops here, I should try and prepare it myself…. let’s experiment, I am on a new frontier!
Thank you for widening my horizont :)

Ella

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34 Kelly Anne April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I love when restaurants serve free-range. It makes all the difference to me! Too bad more places aren’t jumping on the bandwagon. Now I want BBQ!

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35 Sarah C April 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Are these big HP ads supposed to be on the site? They keep popping up in weird places for me, fyi.

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36 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Sorry about that

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37 Maria Tadic April 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I love that restaurants are going local and using more friendly/humane techniques with their proteins. I will always go for a restaurant like that even if its not as good as a place that imports everything. It’s gotta be local and environmentally friendly for me!

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38 Abigail April 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm

WOW! Healthy and really delicious. It makes me excited to try any thing on their shop. Thanks for sharing this information. :)

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39 Emily @ Life on Food April 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I feel like you have some many wonderful food options so close. Totally jealous! Enjoy them for us all.

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40 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating April 16, 2013 at 6:30 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had fried green tomatoes, but collard greens = yum!

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41 Davida @TheHealthyMaven April 16, 2013 at 6:53 am

You make me want to move to Cville! Then again it’s still winter in Toronto so I am easily persuaded :)

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42 Hope April 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

Maybe it’s just where I live but $7 for a sandwich is not a bad price at all.

Everything there looks delicious!

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43 Sammy Handley April 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

This place looks ace and that pulled pork sandwich looks divine!

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44 Mommypage April 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The Ace BBQ restaurant looks amazing! The menu sounds so yummy and it seems reasonably priced as well!

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45 Lizzie April 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Your Cuban sandwich looks delicious! I love a great barbecue restaurant…and $7 is pretty reasonable for a great sandwich! Aren’t Great Harvest sandwiches around the same price? Maybe Great Harvest could do their own variation of the Cuban? : )

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46 KathEats April 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

They are…also not cheap but made with freshly baked bread. A Cuban would be a fun addition!

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47 ~Christy@wonderofallthings April 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I love Cuban sandwiches! That one looks really tasty. Cville sounds like such an incredible food town. Maybe I’ll just have to add it to our list…and eat my way through town! :)

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48 Jtine April 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Do you have a recipe for pimento cheese? Your blog is the first place I heard about it, years ago, but I don’t think there was a recipe. Deadspin.com just ran a recipe/commentary on pimento cheese sandwiches and I wanted to see how theirs compared (and which was easier to make because I’m super lazy in the kitchen!)

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49 KathEats April 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Here are a couple of fun ones! and this one is easy and light!. And this one!

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50 Jtine April 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Awesome! Thanks!

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51 Alyssa April 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I agree, I’ll pay more and be willing to pay more for those little places that go the extra mile to make sure they are using conscientious food principles (pastured pork, cage free chicken, grassfed beef, local veggies, etc.). I figure if we continue to support the little guy, one day they might be cheaper :-)

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52 Neil Butterfield April 19, 2013 at 5:40 am

Agree that $7 for a sandwich is rather steep, however quality is important too.

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