I never realized I was such a ribs fan. I've always had a take-it-or-leave attitude toward them. BUT recently I'm a convert.
Hubba Hubba - next door to my beloved West First Village Bakery is this fab little place serving ribs and bbq. The bbq is pretty good, but the ribs are fantastic. Sides are OK, I particularly like the vinegar slaw because it has a lot of cilantro. The cornbread, sweet and corn-y, is also worth eating. There is no inside dining, but you can eat under one of two covered patios.
12 Bones - no secret to Asheville hounds, but the Saturday hours at the new location mean I get to go alot more often. I like the bbq pork, but it pales in comparison to the ribs. Husband and I have both the decided that the ribs thenselves are superior at Hubba Hubba, but the sauce (we like the blueberry chipotle best) puts 12 Bones over the top. Sides are superior at 12 Bones and they even have a nice green salad w/ cranberries, nuts and goat cheese (and you can get 4 ribs added...now THAT'S a salad!) Further , the smoked turkey is so good you really aren't just trying to save a fat gram or 12 when you get it. And the availability of tiny beers for $2 , from 5 local micros on tap is perfect for me!
So, as you can tell, I just love 12 Bones, not just the food quality , but the customer friendly way they allow you to get small quantities of lots of different things.
The only thing negative I can say about 12 Bones, is for god's sake, don't ask to move a chair. I asked a waitress if I could move 2 tables together, and we had this exchange:
"Can I move this table over?"
"no, it's fire code"
"That's OK, we can just pull up a chair"
"no, you can't do that either"
"Hmmm...we have 5, you have any suggestions as to what where we can sit?"
"just sit as close together as you can"
"Uh...but...if we can't pull a chair...there are five of us.............."
I wasn't sure what she was getting at, if she meant 2 of us should share one chair or what, but I didn't get to finish my last sentence 'cause she gets this VERY angry look on her face and snarls "I'll have to ask you to please not raise your voice to me", then whirls around and leaves me standing there, slack jawed.
The reason I know I didn't raise my voice is because I didn't know there was a problem..didn't know she was upset, wasn't having an argument. I was still operating under the assumption that she'd be willing to help me find a table. I guess I live a sheltered life, but it really took me aback. I felt almost threatened and it kinda ruined my lunch.
Well, I digressed there. I'm sure that was a one-time unfortunate incident. If you haven't been to 12 bones yet...you gotta go...it's great, and try Hubba Hubba, too.