We have our “easy finds” when it comes to eating on the southside of town. Places like Pomodoros Italian, Acropolis Pizza, and Tupelo Honey are smack dab in your face. We love them. But lately we have been frequenting the “off the beaten path” foodie scene in south Asheville! Sweeten Creek, the shortcut road used to avoid the dreaded traffic on Hendersonville Rd, has led us to Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, Pon’s Thai Cuisine, and of course… the famed 12 Bones Smokehouse. Sometimes you will even catch a few food trucks here and there on this strip. Of course we wish Frank’s NY Deli would have stuck it out in their old simple location. Their sub sandwiches were amazing back then!
Anyway, we were hungry the other day. We had been running from meeting to meeting from south Asheville to Hendersonville and forget to eat. Luckily 12 Bones was in our path and they saved us from starvation. Not only with food, but delicious comfort food! I quickly ran to the counter and ordered a barbecue pork platter with cornbread, mac and cheese, and corn pudding. Sounds pretty corny? Well it was, and oh so good. We then jumped back in the Nissan and headed out to the next meeting. Lots accomplished during the time we were out hitting the road. 12 Bones was a pit stop that made the day that much better. Thank you!
Off of first glance you wouldn’t think this spot would suffice your appetite but there’s more than meets the eye. The food preparation is authentic and the food itself tastes like my mother’s cooking. It made me miss her and her cooking way too much, but it’s a nice reminder.
My first time here and I got to enjoy some spring rolls, wontons and the ginger plate with beef. I love how the ginger in this plate tasted. It wasn’t over cooked, it was just right. I have to add another compliment to this dish about the beef. The seasoning and how she cooked it was perfect.
My friend with me had nothing to complain about with their plate, Thai Fried Rice with beef.
Although Lita, owner, is camera shy, she came out to talk to me and we both lost track of time speaking to each other in Laotian, my first language. She’s native to northern Thailand and previously owned Pad Thai, for five years, in Brevard… but sold it to a friend recently because of the commute and her family responsibilities. She decided to start a business in the Asheville area and got her building, a previous Anderson Family Homes model, foreclosed on. I haven’t seen the before pictures but I could imagine all of the hard work it took from her husband to get the place to how it looks today. As of right now she’s a one-woman-machine in the kitchen with a lot of dedication but is looking for good help.
Have a taste of Thai To-Go or go by for an application and/or interview!
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With a foodie town such as Asheville North Carolina, restaurants and eateries are popping up everywhere. Some are at easy-to-find locations, while others are off the beaten path. Here are some stops we made in the past few weeks: