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Apr 20, 2014 07:18 AM

Asheville NC BBQ- down to two choices

I'll be in Asheville next month and have enough time for one bbq meal. I've nailed it down to two choices. Luella's or Okie Dokies in nearby Swannanoah. Which one should I go with?


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    1. re: miss piggy

      I looked into it, but the menu items at Luella's and Okie Dokies appear to have more iconic Western NC items on the menu

    2. I was also going to suggest 12 bones.

      1. I'm pretty sure Okie Dokies cooks over wood, and I'm somewhat less sure that Luella's does not. True NC BBQ is only cooked with wood or charcoal, so I'd either go to Okie Dokies, or call Luella's and ask how they cook.

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          1. re: Leepa

            I too would pick Okie Dokies over Luella's

            1. re: Leepa

              We really liked Okie Dokies the few times we've had it. It's been a few years ago.

          2. Looks like Okie Dokie's is it. I just noticed they're closed on Sundays. That may or may not pose a problem, we'll see.

            Thanks everyone

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            1. re: ohso

              All BBQ joints in NC worth a damn are closed on Sundays. I'd be suspicious of one if it wasn't.

              1. re: bbqme

                Generally true, but not always. Red Bridges in Shelby is open Sundays, and Blackbeard's in Conetoe is as well.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  As is Wilbur's. The theory above doesn't hold water.

                  1. re: JayL

                    We thought we would be meeting some friends from Knoxville, TN, As it turns out they can't make it, so our schedule is now more flexible, therefore, Okie Dokie's is definitely it.

            2. The sides at Luellas are kind of lackluster. heres my review from when we went there last year:
              "Went here a couple days before we hit up 12 Bones and having now had both Id give the edge to 12 Bones. With the exception of their BBQ sauces; which were all top notch, and the Brunswick Stew; which was quite lame, everything we had here was good, but fell short of great. Like their aforementioned rival, they really need to rethink their Mac & Cheese, its a joke. Try using real cheese and bake the stuff in an oven for christ sake. Anyhow, service was certainly friendly and efficient throughout our meal and the funky decor fit the fare to a tee. The food was reasonably priced and enjoyable, it just didnt leave us feeling the urge to come back. Still, if youre in a bind or staying in the neighborhood, I doubt you'll have many complaints.
              Grade: C+ (Loved the medley of beans in the baked beans but a little more brown sugar would go along way)"

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              1. re: DrexlerMcStyles

                Gotta tell ya - we hit up moe's BBQ last weekend and LOVED it. Yes, it's a small chain. But they do really smoke their meat, and man is it good. Sides were excellent as we'll except for the Mac and cheese which was dry. I'd put it just below 12 Bones. The wings were off the chain good as well. Will definitely be back.