Friday, November 7, 2008

12 Bones, Asheville

If you like BBQ and fresh homemade food, this is the place to go. Located on Riverside Drive in the River Arts District of downtown Asheville, 12 Bones is a fixture for the working class crowd. This fall they opened a second store on Sweeten Creek Road in Arden. They are only open for lunch from 11-4 so expect a crowd and long lines but it is well worth it!

They smoke their own ribs, pork, turkey, beef brisket and chicken. You can order plates with two sides and cornbread or sandwiches. Everything is made on the premises by the friendly eclectic staff. Prices range from $5.00 to $18.00 for the full baby back rib plate.

It is a very local Southern menu of offerings. The sides include mac n cheese, grits, baked beans, collard greens, cole slaw and corn pudding. You can also get a side of chicken, brisket or turkey.

For vegetarians they offer a wedge salad, green salad with feta and nuts and a MLT - portabella mushroom, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

The best thing is that they recycle pretty much everything...they even compost the vegetable scraps. They use metal plates, buy recycled take out containers and really try to help out the environment. They also buy local produce, and meats too.

12 Bones was written up in the May 2008 issue of Southern Livingg and was visited in September by President Obama on his election trail.

Their menu is posted online at and offer take out as well. For your special event they can do large take out orders but be sure to give them plenty of notice. Don't miss this unique Asheville eating place!

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