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“What happened?”
Review of Luella's Bar-B-Que

Luella's Bar-B-Que
Ranked #46 of 789 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout
Gate City, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What happened?”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

My Husband and I took a trip this past weekend to Asheville with some friends of ours. We had been telling them about Luella's for days and we all decided that we would be having dinner there Saturday night (we are HUGE BBQ FANS!!) We got there around 5pm and had no problem getting in. He and I had eaten at Luella's back earlier in the year and absolutely loved it. But this time....not so much. I'm not sure if we built up the quality and taste of the food from talking about it so much or if it had to do with the fact that it felt like everything was different. The pork slider was bland, no smoke, no flavor. The chicken slider put us in mind of boiled chicken tossed in BBQ sauce ( and it wasn't a very good BBQ sauce at that). The brisket slider was good, not as good as we remember from our last visit...but it was the best out of the 3 sliders we had. I ordered the brisket chili cheese fries.....TOTAL let down. I was expecting this heaping pile of fresh french fries, covered in the wonderful brisket we had on the brisket sliders earlier in the year, then smothered in chili and lots of cheese. Yeah, there were about 12 fries in a salad bowl/plate type thing, completely covered in chili, a couple tiny pieces of brisket meat and then covered in shredded cheese, that looked like it was placed in the microwave instead of in the over or under a burner to melt and get all bubbly. Our friends ordered the sliders to share and were unable to eat them, because they were lacking in flavor and over all appeal. They also ordered a garden salad topped with the smoked chicken (i.e. the boiled chicken tossed in some yucky BBQ sauce). My Husband ordered the smoked sausage plate with slaw, and beans. The slaw was so ground up it looked like mush....soupy mush! The beans weren't cooked enough and were tough. But the real kicker was the sausage. This looked like the sausage you can buy in the grocery store (not some kind of homemade sausage, smoked out back with the rest of the BBQ meats), they were hardly room temperature and so tough and the casing was so chewy that after one bite my husband had to spit it out. (Note the waitress came by shortly after and asked if he needed a box and he said NO. I've waited tables in my time at different restaurants and if someone left a whole plate of food and didn't ask for or take a to-go box, I would have been checking to see what was wrong with their meal). The only upside to the dinner was the chicken wings our friends ordered..He said they were hot and fresh and very flavorful....we didn't try them. By then, we were done...we had, had enough!!!
So again, we aren't sure what happened during this visit to Luella's; did the menu change, did they change owners, was the boss out of town, did someone loose the recipes for the awesome BBQ sauces we had there previously???...Seriously though, what happened??? We had been looking forward to and planning our next visit to Asheville and we just knew we had to go back to Luella's. Yeah, we're not sure we'll be doing that again any time soon. Between the cold, flavorless and less than impressive food we ordered and the totally unfriendly, unconcerned waitress we had, we'll have to look for another BBQ place to visit in Asheville the next time we're in town.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A pretty good BBQ Joint”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

One of the better Asheville BBQ places - more together than Ruby's and not so full of itself as 12 Bones. Usually jammed until about 8:30 on a Friday night. Food is uncomplicated and usually very good. There is a 1/3 slab, 1 side "sampling" dinner for only about $7 that gives a good taste of that they can do. Ribs are dry rub - try the "hidden" sauces available at the counter. Sides can be really good - ask about the daily specials. Seating can be very tight.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Joecompute
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Adirondacks
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The prez missed out by not dining here!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Luella's served excellent 'Que in a low key, no fuss restaurant with great service and local beers. I chose your standard baked beans and slaw for sides. There was nothing standard about those beans. This place is da bomb!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank LBBAdirondacks
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Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good bar-b-que !!!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

On a recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina, we were craving some good bar-b-que. It was suggested to us that we try Luella's. We arrived very close to dinner time, there were no lines, so our wait was short and sweet. Service was good and we were presented with a menu that was quite extensive when it came to bar-b-que. We enjoyed the ribs and the wings - both succulent and falling off the bone good. Hush puppies were a little disappointing - dry but with good flavor. One of our party had the brisket ( chopped) which also had a good flavor with very little fat or grissle noted. All of us enjoyed our meal - the sides were all very good, especially the greens ! Portions were more than average and we all left with a "doggie bag". Price was reasonable - good place to take the family. For sure, one would not leave hungry, by any means !

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Janice M
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Batesburg, South Carolina, USA
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“MMMMMM good”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a fabulous family barbeque house. Friendly atmosphere and the best hushpuppies around:) The barbeque was cooked to perfection and we even bought one of the sauces we use..

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Moomaggie
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