12 bones (asheville, nc)
hooray! asheville finally has some real bbq.
i tried the chipotle ribs (1/2 rack, ie 6 bones) with corn pudding & baked beans for the sides.
the ribs were good, with a nice hint of smokey flavor, but not overwhelmingly so. the meat was tender and pulled away clean, but didn't completely fall off the bone.
the corn pudding was odd. corn, finely chopped jalapenos, corn meal and honey were the predominant bits. but it wasn't at all pudding-like. more of a cornbread crumble. i got the impression that i may have received the last serving and got the scrapings from the pan. had a good flavor, so i'll give it another shot.
i like the beaked beans. they're made in-house, and had a nice tomato bbq sauce flavor. they did have good size chunks of vegetables (i recall carrot for sure) that were a little out of place (smaller pieces would blend in better).
the cornbread that accompanied the meal was disappointing. more of a northern-style, while i prefer southern-style.
prices are pretty reasonable. i had the above, plus a 24-ounce can o' pabst for just over $10.
they also offer a short list of smoked-meat (turkey, pork, etc) sandwiches, smoked turkey, pulled pork, among others.
local breweries on tap (they have goldenrod, yeah!), and a limited selection of others in bottles/cans.
biggest drawback is the hours. they're only open 11a - 4p, mon-fri. unless they extend their hours, this will, unfortunately, for me be a rarely visited place. i really hope they expand those hours.
they were steadily busy with a line 4-6 people deep waiting to order on the monday afternoon i was there. took a few minutes to place the order, but it was served quickly.
to sum it up, if you want good bbq in asheville, this is the place (maybe the only place), but i hope you get the craving early on a weekday.
The food is very good. We did have an incident in seating. A client and myself visited the Sweeten Creek Rd location. We were in a hurry and decided on their carryout service. We did see a sign that indicated that tables are reserved for dine-in only. We understood this to mean the tables located inside the building. In the rear of the building, OUTSIDE, are located several picnic tables. We sat down and were having a great time with the ribs. A worker from the kitchen came by and said that this was not allowed for carryout. I explained that I misunderstood the policy and would not do this again. She came back carrying a copy of the sign for us to read. I have completed graduate work and hold 5 professional licensures. I think that I can read and write quite well at this point. Needless to say, I'll just go somewhere else when discussing business over lunch.
re: Jeff C.
5 riverside dr, 828.253.4499
it's kind of hard to give directions if you aren't familiar with the area. it's across from the tobacco barns/stockyard.
if you're coming from the south, take i-240 into town. take the amboy rd exit. at the end of amboy (where the french brd park is), you have to turn either right (meadow) or left (lyman). take the left onto lyman. 12 bones is on the left side in a dog leg about 1.5 miles down (it'll look like it's straight ahead of you).