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12 Bones Smokehouse

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3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704
+1 828-687-1395
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The check-in girl at our hotel recommended this place. It's kind of dive-y, but the food is really good. You order on line, pay at another line, they give you a number and bring you your food. The amount is plentiful; my husband and I split a pulled pork plate with collard greens and smoked potato salad with bacon. It... More 

Thank shel29Brooklyn
north carolina
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191 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I decided to do takeout here on a Friday afternoon. I ordered the ribs with a brown maple sugar rub and she had the chopped chicken. The chicken was very well done and the BBQ sauce she chose was really good. My ribs did not pass my normal rib test of being tender enough to pull them... More 

Thank anonymoussfh
New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the pulled pork w/ collard greens and sweet potatoes. I have to say the collard greens were one of the better ones I have personally tried. The pulled pork was good but a little plain. I added some jalapeño sauce and that really made me happy. I will have to try the ribs next time!

Thank shopperhopper
Western NC
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223 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After years of hearing how fab 12 Bones is, and continually driving by to see a line out the door, I finally hit it on a day they weren't crazy busy and I could do "take out" for dinner. Greeting was friendly, and they courteously answered my questions about the ribs. Ordered a full rack of Brown Sugar Rub, they... More 

Thank sophiegirl04
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

found this location. been to River arts district 3 times but lines too long. fast for everything here. lots of dine in seating. dry rub ribs were great.

Thank Bill S
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a wedding reception and it was perfect! You order your food then get a number and they bring it to you. This worked out great for the wedding guests as we could talk freely while waiting for the food. The BBQ portobello mushroom sandwich was amazing and everyone loved their sides, most of which are gluten free!... More 

Thank Dwhblue7
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a rib fan and know a little then you'll be disappointed. I'm a local and go here occasionally for business. I've never understood what the bg deal was. Ribs are usually overdone and dry. The brisket should never be served, they need to go to TX and learn how. I do like the pulled pork as well... More 

Thank Mts2cWNC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picked up dinners for four folks at about 5 pm. Needed heating at home. Brisket was too chewy. Like all the fat hadn't broken down. Ribs were great. Sweet potatoes were great. Mac and cheese was very ordinary. Forgot to get the jalapeño cheese grits -- darn.

Thank Skihne
Highlands, North Carolina
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So good I not only eat there but carry home quarts of their wonderful sides and shredded pork to eat later at home. Don't miss their many sauces also available for purchase. Don't be discouraged by the line out the door. It moves quickly due to their efficient system.

Thank Freddiemf
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No trip to Asheville is complete without a visit to 12 Bones. This time we went with a large group (10 people - 5 adults and 5 kids). Not only was each meal great, but the staff was patient with our long order and friendly when cleaning up after our gang. Will definitely be back and would definitely recommend for... More 

Thank JJT49

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, NC 28704
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Arden
  • Phone Number: +1 828-687-1395

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?