South Asheville Foodies and 12 Bones BBQ

12 Bones Asheville Barbecue BBQ

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!

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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!

A New Way To Take Thai

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.

Thai To-Go West Asheville

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.

Thai To-Go ginger plate and 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.

Bee at Thai To-Go

Have a taste of Thai To-Go or go by for an application and/or interview!

Bee Chanseri – follow me on Twitter @GSocialBee

Searching For A Restaurant In South Asheville

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With so many restaurants and places to eat in the Asheville area; we usually head to a certain end of town to see what’s cookin’ there. We headed to south Asheville this time and we wanted to try something new. It is easy to get used to the norms, like the handful of wonderful eateries in Biltmore Village (Short South Asheville) such as Fig, Ruth’s Chris and the Cantina. Even Biltmore Park has a few great choices like Travinia, PF Changs and Roux. Of course there is Pomodoros South which is a tasty Italian Greek spot on Long Shoals Rd. Then there is Tupelo Honey Cafe, and that place is a sure win. But this time we wanted to experiment and test a new restaurant, that one where Wildflower used to be, and we are glad we did.

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We remembered a new place named McAbees Restaurant had recently opened on Hendersonville Rd in south Asheville at the Forest Center. We turned the car around and headed back toward it. It was open, live Jazz music was playing, and we were promptly greeted.

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We noticed that the menu featured the “Irish Dish of the Day” so that intrigued us. We asked and it happened to be Shepherd’s Pie. We did not order it, but Don the owner stopped by our table and described it, and how many ways they make it there; so we decided we were surely coming back for the Shepherd’s Pie soon. What we did order: the Vegetarian Scampi, and also the Cedar Planked Salmon. So good! We found out that they have live Jazz Music every Thursday and Friday, and also a private room for special events. They have a bar and lounge area with a piano in the corner. The restaurant itself is a little hidden, with the entrance on the back side of the building. But we found it! Our search was over, we were filled with great food, and we will be back again.

The Social Lounge Experience In Asheville!

social lounge asheville events This past Wednesday we experienced an amazing dinner paired with cocktails at Asheville’s Social Lounge & Tapas Bar downtown. If you have not been there, this is one of the “Must-Stop” places! Not only do they have one of the Top 3 Cocktail Bars on the ground level; but they also have a lounge area upstairs that leads to their outdoor rooftop seating area. The perfect atmosphere. That is where this event was held. social lounge asheville appetizer First was the Tuscan Stuffed Fig appetizer with a Buttercup cocktail. So good! social lounge asheville dinner Then the main course… Italian Smoked Pork Jowl beside a Moscow Mule cocktail. YUM! social lounge asheville dessert Finally, the Hazelnut Panna Cotta and a dessert cocktail featuring Mystic Bourbon arrived at the table. Not cake, but this pairing was definitely the icing on it! The Social Lounge in downtown Asheville is open from 4pm til 2am Monday through Thursday, 3pm til 2am on Friday and Saturday, and 3pm til midnight on Sunday.

Stay tuned as they will be having monthly events just as great as this one. Also see the post on Seriously Creative about this wonderful evening!

Cuisine and Cocktails at Asheville’s Social Lounge on July 30th!

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Asheville’s Social Lounge, the premier cocktail bar in downtown Asheville, is holding a night of cuisine and cocktails on July 30, 2014. Come join us for this special event on the rooftop! Limited seating, so call and make your reservations today.