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12 Bones Smokehouse

5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-4499
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Ranked #33 of 633 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
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Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Certainly not the best bbq I have had but definitely better than the average. The meats are very flavorful but don't quite have that "melt-in-your-mouth" type consistency. 12 Bones does have smoked turkey on their menu, which I haven't seen at many other places. Again, the flavor was there but it seemed a bit dry. The corn pudding was my... More

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Asbury Park
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We heard about 12 bones from a local who we met at the summit of mount Pisgah. We quickly checked out the please. ( local recommendations are almost always on point ) once again, listening to the locals didn't disappoint. This place is outside the downtown hustle of Asheville located beside a river. The food is traditional southern cuisine done... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

12 Bones, in the River Arts district, is a great Asheville institution for BBQ. It is only open from 11:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday and it is usually crowded Don't worry though, the lines moves quickly. The very friendly and helpful staff keep things moving. There are different sauces for the BBQ so you can try North Carolina's different... More

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new jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Hubby wanted to go here. I wanted barbecue. We got there, and there was a little line. The food came very quickly, which surprised me. Loved the ribs, jalapeno cheese grits and collard greens, liked the mac and cheese. I didn't care too much for the mashed sweet potatoes, which suited hubby fine as he scarfed them down. My brisket... More

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Valdosta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was the first restaurant we ate when we arrived in asheville. We had incredibly high hopes because it got rave reviews and we love bbq. The place is cute and the staff was all friendly. There was a huge line so we expected amazing things. Maybe we built our hopes too high, maybe we went on an off day,... More

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Davie, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My brother kept telling us to go to 12 Bones because he had just eaten there and raved about the ribs!!! It is only open from 11;00 to 4;00 Mon-Fri. so we went around 2:00. There was a line around the corner of the building but the line moves quickly so only waited about 15 minutes or so. (They have... More

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Dallas, Texas
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126 reviews 126 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There are lots of good restaurants in Asheville. 12 Bones used to be one of them. We brought friends from Texas here yesterday to have them experience the great 12 Bones of our past experiences. The sides are still great, but you don't go there for the sides. We had three rib orders and one smoked turkey plate. The ribs... More

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florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is not open past 4 or 5 so don't plan on a late dinner. My family got there at 1:30 and the line was out the door. This place isn't fancy but doesn't have to be. We bought the beef brisket and the sides sampler. There is sauces to put on your food but nothing required any additional... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
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121 reviews 121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There is almost always a line out the door, it does move quickly. Or call I'm your order to go and grab a spot next to the river right outside ( bring your own blanket ) ribs are super tender and sauces are as yummy as they are creative. Must get the corn pudding & the smoked potato salad is... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Absolutely delicious. I am a northerner, so perhaps will never be a reliable source, but I'm not a BBQ novice either and I would say this is some of the best I've had. Delicious baby back ribs, delicious pulled pork, great sauces, great sides (especially jalapeño cheddar grits). Not expensive. We sat outside on picnic tables. Definitely NOT fancy. But... More

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