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applebrownbetty Sep 3, 2012 09:11 AM

I'll be in Asheville for a long weekend in October. I hear lots of hype about 12 Bones, but is it really worth the PITA parking/wait (I'd be doing a Saturday lunch)?

Any other suggestions appreciated.

I've got my requisite Admiral reservation set for Friday night, and figure we'll do Tupelo Honey for breakfast on the way out of town Sunday.

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    Leepa RE: applebrownbetty Sep 3, 2012 09:26 AM

    The south location of 12 Bones on Sweeten Creek Rd is open on Saturday. Unfortunately, the RAD location isn't open on the weekends. I've never been to the south location, but I hear it's good though out of the way.

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      danna RE: Leepa Sep 3, 2012 09:50 AM

      12 bones arden is relatively easy parking, and not much wait. I line, yes, but it moves really fast. Never waited more than 10 min...about how long it takes me to make up my mind anyway.

    2. carolinadawg RE: applebrownbetty Sep 3, 2012 11:10 AM

      The wait will probably be longer at Tupelo Honey on Sunday AM than at 12 Bones on Saturday.

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        applebrownbetty RE: carolinadawg Sep 3, 2012 01:46 PM

        Noted. Will getting seating be a problem?

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          carolinadawg RE: applebrownbetty Sep 3, 2012 04:04 PM

          Depends on how long you're willing to wait. At prime time on a Sunday morning in October, I'm sure the wait could be an hour easily (at the downtown location). I think they offer "call ahead" seating; you might want to look into that.

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            danna RE: carolinadawg Sep 4, 2012 05:24 AM

            cdawg is right. I think Tupelo has pretty solid food, but it's not worth the wait that sometimes is required. If "the way out of town" allows you to go to the one on the southside, I would definitely go w/ that...and still call ahead if possible.

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              meatn3 RE: danna Sep 5, 2012 05:29 PM

              Do you feel the food quality is the same at the south TH location? I've only been to that location once and it didn't wow me. That said it had been several years since I had been to the downtown TH due in part to the wait and in part since I really like Sunnypoint.

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                applebrownbetty RE: meatn3 Sep 5, 2012 06:22 PM

                ...or should I abandon TH and go to Sunnypoint?

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                  meatn3 RE: applebrownbetty Sep 5, 2012 09:11 PM

                  I've moved from Asheville and return to visit several times a year. Probably best for someone in the area to answer since their opinion will be based on recent experiences.

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                  danna RE: meatn3 Sep 7, 2012 07:10 AM

                  I've only been to the downtown one twice and honestly I didn't see any difference between the two. Can't really rememeber if I got different stuff or not. Honestly, I have found that the ribs quality seems to have dropped off a little bit the last few times I went (Arden)...so I really can't say. Honestly, it's the sides and the turkey sandwich that kill me the most anyway. Lord, I feel full just thinking about 12 bones.

                  Apple, it's hard to say. They are rather different experiences. I'd prob say stick w/ 12 bones for the experience if you don't mind riding down to Arden, otherwise do Sunnypoint, but be prepared to wait there as well on a Saturday lunch.

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                    meatn3 RE: danna Sep 7, 2012 07:39 AM

                    Oops! I was curious about the difference between the Tupelo Honey locations. I think bbq is in your future!

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                      danna RE: meatn3 Sep 7, 2012 10:32 AM

                      I was refering to 12 bones. I see no difference between the tupelo honey locations, other than you can actually get IN the south version.

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                        meatn3 RE: danna Sep 7, 2012 10:37 AM

                        Good to know - thanks.

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          pheebs RE: applebrownbetty Sep 4, 2012 05:28 AM

          you should give Luella's a try: opened a few years ago by a Magnolia Grill/Nana's (Durham) alum and it's more than solid q.
          I had a great breakfast at Sunnypoint; would recommend over TH if they are open on a Sunday.

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            Leepa RE: pheebs Sep 4, 2012 04:34 PM

            Gotta agree about Luella's. I like their chopped pork better than 12 Bones, but prefer 12 Bones ribs. It's a draw on chicken, turkey, and brisket.

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            winefuhrer RE: applebrownbetty Sep 5, 2012 07:33 PM

            I say Over Easy for breakfast over SP or TH...but there is usually a wait as well (same with SP and TH). We usually put our name on the list at Over Easy then go for a walk so I can "pre-burn" some calories. The house-made juices at Over Easy are delicious.

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              miss piggy RE: winefuhrer Sep 6, 2012 11:50 AM

              I agree - Over Easy! South Tupelo location is just as good as downtown IMO and much easier to get in. Plus they take reservations I think at the south location?

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