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12 Bones Asheville - the President's choice

leahinsc Apr 23, 2010 11:56 AM

you don't have to be a Democrat to eat there....This was the first place Obama went when he landed this weekend for a getaway w/ his wife in Asheville...cool, huh!

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    global_eater Aug 22, 2010 01:26 PM

    This is a poor BBQ restaurant by any standards in the south. Poorly executed BBQ and sides -

    see my chow hound review under BBQ for a full review - I'm talked with a dozen pit masters & built numerous BBQ pits in perfecting my southern BBQ....which is better than most you can buy & I would never go back here

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      KyMikey May 3, 2010 07:16 AM

      His second trip there (first was during the campaign in Oct '08)--must really like it.

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        miss piggy May 6, 2010 05:32 PM

        We ate there today for lunch, and I have to tell you...it wasn't great. The meat had OK flavor but it was REALLY dry (both pork and chicken), plus portions were skimpier than I've seen them in the past. The Riverside location seems to be more inconsistent that the south location, which we always enjoy. Maybe we've just got a one-off dud, but both my husband and I walked away wishing we had gotten our BBQ fix at Luella's instead.

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          dingey May 23, 2010 09:43 AM

          As a new resident to the area, I just finally got me heinie in there on Friday to try it out, and had a knockout plate of food. Holy moley! Totally worth the long wait in line, and my helpings were gigantic. So, so good. I love greens, and these were the best I've ever had. i could probably just order a couple helpings of that and be happy for the whole day.

          Hopefully it was just a one-off bad experience, miss piggy....but I'm also glad to hear that Luella's is a spot to hit, too! I was wondering!

          1. re: miss piggy
            global_eater Aug 22, 2010 01:27 PM

            No, this was not a one-off dud. The food here is poor stick with Luella's

        2. Naco Apr 23, 2010 12:38 PM

          The easterner in me is overriding the liberal and desperately wants to make a joke about red barbecue.

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            JKidd Apr 23, 2010 12:56 PM

            According to Twitter, The Obama's had ribs, mac & cheese, greens, baked beans, corn pudding and corn bread. Would've liked to have seen the turkey sandwich thrown in there. So good.

            1. re: Naco
              JayL Apr 23, 2010 02:05 PM

              It's Asheville. We give them a pass for not having North Carolina bbq up in the mountains.

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                miss piggy Apr 24, 2010 09:27 AM

                I saw the chaos (but not the president). Snipers all over the roof at 12 Bones, Riverside Drive completely shut down while he ate, cops everywhere. I would have been pretty mad if I had been stuck in that traffic! Very exciting!

                1. re: miss piggy
                  lucyjane444 Apr 24, 2010 09:34 AM

                  "snipers on the roof at 12 Bones" what a funny image! still wish I was there now, even with snipers!

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