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12 Bones Smokehouse

5 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-4499
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Ranked #29 of 629 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
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
Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The only standout at this restaurant which, for the record, has a line around the corner before they open, was the smoked potato salad. The vegetarian option was a fried green tomato BLT minus the B. While that might cut it elsewhere in Asheville you have to do better than that to compete. My boyfriend, the meat eater of the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I had really high expectations going to this place as it was highly rated. Most people in my large group felt the same, great service, good food, but unfortunately the ribs were a bit over cooked on the outside, too much char, which meant you couldn't really taste the flavor. Maybe just a bad day? Ribs were not dry, just... More

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Tampa Bay, Florida
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I think the only thing with which I agree with Obama is 12 Bones barbecue. I can give it no higher praise than that.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

have to visit when in Asheville. The collard Greens are amazing, they don't make 'em like that where I come from up North! The Cheezy grits with jalepeno yummy, and the Brisket is fantastic!

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Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I love BBQ. Each I come to Ashville I try to come to 12 Bones but this the first time I've come to this specific location. It's great. The ribs and sides where all delicious. Love the diet cheerwine drink.

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Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place is amazing. I went with a healthy appetite, light wallet and lofty expectations. Met them all with excellence. One word: Hogzilla. It really needs its own dictionary definition. Amazing sandwich. I heard it might be featured on a tv show, and if not, it deserves its own show. I'll be back soon.

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Baby back ribs at their very best. I may be from Texas, but after tasting this brown sugar rub, there is no going back to beef ribs. Great service, liked the picnic tables by the river!

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Garner, North Carolina, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Family of 5 each ordered different items & we got 5 magnificent selections. HOT, fresh & fast. Ample portions, even the pulled pork sandwich was large. The potato salad & cucumber salads were unique and quite good; sliced beef brisket, ribs (daughter chose brown sugar rub) all good & staff was very friendly & attentive on a very busy day.... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had to wait in line for about 15 minutes on a Saturday.... it was well worth the wait.... I had the chopped brisket sandwich with sweet mashed potatoes and cucumber salad.... all of it to die for and an amazing price... the wait staff were also very nice and helpful. I have only the highest accolades for this restaurant..... couldn't... More

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Woodbury, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Ran over on a Friday to eat lunch by 3pm because they close at 4 every day & are closed on Sat & Sun. They cook 7 days a week but can only feed a finite # of people so no dinners! Sounds like they need a business manager. Ok, I'm only a New Yorker & what do we Yankees... More

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