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12 bones (asheville, nc)

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12 bones (asheville, nc)

mark | May 2, 2006 09:29 AM

hooray! asheville finally has some real bbq.

i tried the chipotle ribs (1/2 rack, ie 6 bones) with corn pudding & baked beans for the sides.

the ribs were good, with a nice hint of smokey flavor, but not overwhelmingly so. the meat was tender and pulled away clean, but didn't completely fall off the bone.

the corn pudding was odd. corn, finely chopped jalapenos, corn meal and honey were the predominant bits. but it wasn't at all pudding-like. more of a cornbread crumble. i got the impression that i may have received the last serving and got the scrapings from the pan. had a good flavor, so i'll give it another shot.

i like the beaked beans. they're made in-house, and had a nice tomato bbq sauce flavor. they did have good size chunks of vegetables (i recall carrot for sure) that were a little out of place (smaller pieces would blend in better).

the cornbread that accompanied the meal was disappointing. more of a northern-style, while i prefer southern-style.

prices are pretty reasonable. i had the above, plus a 24-ounce can o' pabst for just over $10.

they also offer a short list of smoked-meat (turkey, pork, etc) sandwiches, smoked turkey, pulled pork, among others.

local breweries on tap (they have goldenrod, yeah!), and a limited selection of others in bottles/cans.

biggest drawback is the hours. they're only open 11a - 4p, mon-fri. unless they extend their hours, this will, unfortunately, for me be a rarely visited place. i really hope they expand those hours.

they were steadily busy with a line 4-6 people deep waiting to order on the monday afternoon i was there. took a few minutes to place the order, but it was served quickly.

to sum it up, if you want good bbq in asheville, this is the place (maybe the only place), but i hope you get the craving early on a weekday.

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