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Best Restaurants: While President Obama's multiple visits to this much-loved barbecue hotspot may have garnered 12 Bones some national attention, Asheville locals have been singing its praises for years. The restaurant, which has two Asheville area locations, is perhaps best known for its River Arts District locale where a line of hungry loyalists begins to form by 11am each weekday. Inside this no-frills, red-roofed quick-serve on Riverside Drive, a steady supply of pulled pork, beef brisket and slow-smoked baby back ribs are served with finger-licking sauces, including Blueberry Chipotle, which is available in bottles to take home. All of these savory delights are best enjoyed accompanied by 12 Bones' stellar sides, which include mashed sweet potato, collards and the legendary jalepeno cheese grits.

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Local Expert Kristen Manieri Says:

Best Restaurants: "12 Bones' downtown location, shockingly, is only open weekdays for lunch from 11am – 4pm. It's closed on weekends. If you're really desperate for a 12 Bones fix for dinner, their South Asheville location (3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden) offers lunch but also a take-out only option Tuesday through Saturday from 4-6pm."

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: If barbecue is king in the south, 12 Bones is definitely a prince.

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