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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
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137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I'm from Texas and most Texans believe that we have the best barbecue in the country. I just need to say that Asheville's 12 Bones is really incredible. I had their corn pudding, corn bread, baked beans, and pulled pork but my FAVORITES were the pork ribs and collard greens. Absolutely top notch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Being from Texas, I am pretty picky 'bout my 'Q'. 12 Bones was very good (ribs, collard greens, cole slaw). I will come back when I'm in the area.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The bbq is fabulous; the ribs are to die for! An outstanding collection of side dishes, plus local craft beer on draft, make this one of Asheville's real treasures. A great place to take out-of-town friends to experience great food at reasonable prices.

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Fernandina Beach FL
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97 reviews 97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Attended a private function here on a weekend evening. Despite the high temperatures earlier during the day the shade and proximity to the river made being outside very pleasant and no bugs. We had the pulled pork and chicken with the corn pudding, green beans, baked beans, biscuits and corn bread topped off with banana pudding. Everyone raved about the... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Whatcha want? Bangin' dry rubbed ribs? Pulled pork with so many sauces? Cold beers? Delicious sides? You got it if you go to 12 Bones. Delicious every single time. Don't let the line discourage you; it always moves fast and the staff are quick and efficient. Don't forget to tip them, cuz they deserve it for how quickly they get... More

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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