Alright, let’s talk a little bit about food today. 🙂 Asheville, North Carolina is foodie heaven! Because we were there only a couple of days, I did some research to find out the best rated restaurants. It seems that barbecue is a BIG thing in Asheville, so we decided to do some “comparison eating.” 🙂 Our first choice was the highly rated Buxton Hall.
It has only been open since August of 2015. Run by two James Beard nominees (South Carolinian, Elliott Moss and Meherwan Irani from India) the positive press and rave reviews that it has received is impressive! (So we had to check it out for ourselves. 🙂 )
The menus were posted outside, and the desserts sounded heavenly. Not even sure I wanted the barbecue after reading the dessert menu…just bring on the pies!
The little gift shop/waiting area was filled with nostalgic accessories and cute logo items to purchase.And there were also to-go foods for sale there as well.
How fun is this amazing retro stove?!
(Where else would you display pies? Right?! 🙂 )
More pies were on display below that great chalkboard art.We had never heard of a “peaches and cream” pie, so this one especially intrigued us.Although all the desserts looked wonderful!
Now to that amazing building. Buxton Hall is located in the old Standard Paper Sales Company building. It has been used as a boat showroom, several auto shops, and even a skating rink back in the 1930’s. Obviously, the owners kept that historic feel in place, and it made for a wonderful atmosphere…especially while we were dining there during a thunderstorm!
You can watch all the food being prepared in the open kitchen while you wait for your dinner. 🙂
Here’s another look at their menu.
We made sure we all ordered different sides so that we could sample as many as possible. Everything was good. The collards were on the spicy side (but then I like turnip greens much better than collards, so I’m prejudiced here.)
I know we were on a barbecue mission, but we had to try that fried chicken. Glad we did because it was delicious! Their green beans get major rave reviews. I don’t remember them being that outstanding, but then we cook good green beans here. 🙂
And of course we had to try a couple of pies for dessert.
Yum to both the banana pudding one and the peaches and cream!
(Although my husband said he liked “real” banana pudding better than a pie version.)
And we left Buxton Hall quite full!
And now for lunch the next day.
Another restaurant that had great reviews was 12 Bones. I knew it would look like an old barbecue joint and that there would be long lines, but with such good press we really wanted to give it a try.
And yes, it looked like an old barbecue joint outside…
and inside too. 🙂
One of the great things about 12 Bones is their assortment of creative sauces. From Blueberry Chipotle to Sweet Tomato and everything in between. (I still prefer a traditional barbecue sauce on my ribs though.)
Each plate comes with cornbread and two sides. We really liked it all…the meats, the sides (including the jalapeno corn pudding, the cheese grits, and the collard greens.)
And because our daughter’s favorite drink is Cheerwine, she was thrilled that 12 Bones carried RC products. 🙂
I would have to say that I preferred the food at 12 Bones over Buxton Hall, but I would happily dine at either. 🙂 And I am not the only one who likes 12 Bones. Check this out….
I believe the Obama’s have eaten at 12 Bones on each of their visits to Asheville. The restaurant has just recently moved to a new location, so I am really interested in seeing what it is like when we return to that area again. (Maybe we will run into the vacationing Obama’s. LOL) I liked 12 Bones so much and thought our son would also love it, so we purchased their cookbook for him.
12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook
(My Amazon affiliate link for blog revenue.)
And that is all the barbecue we had while we were there. Besides The Market Place, Buxton Hall, and 12 Bones, there were a number of other restaurants (non barbecue ones) that I had printed out menus for us to try while we were there: Sunny Point Cafe, Creperie Bouchon, Biscuit Head, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Those will have to be for our next trip too. (I really hate we missed the chocolate one. 🙁 )
And good grief at the shopping! We loved visiting Malaprops Bookstore, Duncan and York, and Traditions, but we did not get to Oddfellows Antiques, and Dwellings and like we had planned. Again, they will have to be for a future trip. 🙂
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this tiny bit of Asheville, North Carolina with me. There is soooooo much more to enjoy there. We will need to plan a week long visit in the future. Now let me get busy finding some flowers for Valentine’s Day!
Until next time…