Ruby's BBQ Shack
Taps: 23 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $
I am a very local yokel, so I will try to post the most unbiased review I am physically capable of doing: I'm a beer snob, a fitness nut, and a hardcore carnivore. And I live within a mile of Ruby's. So I confess I have a reason to express why I like this local shack.
I moved to Asheville 4 years ago and Ruby's had a better selection of bottle beers than it currently does, but they narrowed it a bit due to sale volume. The tap selection does not rival downtown Asheville, but it maintains a sufficient amount of fresh selections that any true beer lover will not be unsatisfied.
If you're a physical person, they have an amazing backyard, full of volleyball, cornhole (great setup), and all sorts of other space that will occupy your whole family, or your cousin the Army Ranger who's straight back from Afghanistan.
The service is not ass-kiss, but basic; are you lacking food or beer? Assert yourself! And they will jump to your royal demands. This is the service you get in a basic place where you know you're paying way less for everything than you'd pay 3 miles down the road in downtown Asheville, but getting the same product. Lower prices probably means lower tips, and the staff wants you to be happy, but they're not a bunch of city-slicker hustlers who know they're gonna bag a $40 tip off one table. But if you're going to cut loose with a C note, tell them, and they'l know.
For the narrow selection of food you get; you get the best meat and specialty products around. If you like BBQ or pizza, you'll be blown away. If you like tofu or sauteed escargot, they will just stare at you like you're insane..
I walk here from the house and do not have to fear a DWI arrest from the state trooper headquarters located just 100yds. from Ruby's.
If you just want to chill out, love great meat, and are a beer aficionado on a budget, you're really missing out if you don't stop here.
If you're an Asheville local, I'll flat out say you're a non-outdoorsy, beer-hating snob if you don't love this place.
03-07-2013 23:00:14 | More by AmosVolante
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Definitely not a shack from the outside, though they do try inside. Picnic tables with paper towel rolls on plenty of primitive looking unfinished wood. Just what we were hoping for.
The beer selection wasn't huge but I picked this place because all the craft offerings were local. They had perhaps 8 good beers on-tap and my Green Man IPA and French Broad Wee-heavy-er were both top-notch. $4 a pint isn't bad either.
For $14 I got a three meat combination of pulled pork (very good), prime rib (very, very good), and smoked wings (unbelievably good). The waitress was busy, but friendly and on the ball.
Overall the beer selection won't blow anyone away, but I would happily suggest this place to anyone who asks.
01-03-2012 21:18:40 | More by DIM
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a late lunch and to decide whether or not to come hang out later at night. Initial appearance is definetely a little more townie or rural setting compared to the stuff closer to downtown. Open and woody interior, pool tables, air hockey, random video machines, touch screen and golden tee for entertainment. Darts in the causeway to the back porch, a random area that looked somewhat under construction. Back area looked nice, although shared with a "daycare" of some sort. Horse shoe pit, large bar, a creek running next to the propery.
Barbeque is the best I've had in Asheville, better than Ed B's, but I have not had 12 Bones. Sauce bar has home made sauces, very good, also better than Ed's.
Service was ok at the bar, just a little slow since it was not busy at all. Still better service than most places in Asheville, which has the worst service of any city I've been to in the US.
Large selection of locals and micros. Problem was there was nothing all that unique. Most of the French Broad, Highland, Asheville Pizza, Left Hand, Founders was all their regular stuff and most I could get in Charlotte. Still good, just when I come to Asheville once every 4-5 months, I want something new, which I can get at Barley's or Jack of the Wood or at one of the many breweries.
So, at night we went to Thirsty Monk and Barley's Tap room. Food here is top notch though. If I lived here, this could definetely be a place to hang out with friends on a regular basis.
11-10-2009 01:41:10 | More by Bung
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I arrived at around 2pm so it was slow but several people came in including one of the Pisgah guys. I was greeted by Tiffany, a very friendly and funny host/bar tender. She went over the menu and I got the pork plate with slaw and fries, the food was very good and the sauces were very good too.
The beer selection on tap was all local except the Bell's Oberon, the cooler had TONS of bottled beer. I got Pisgah PA for my beer (they were out of the Firewater IPA). I liked the layout, pool tables, dart boards, and all were a good touch.
Will be back.
04-22-2009 14:43:34 | More by unionturf
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I am always in the mood for BBQ, but was especially in the mood for some today, do I decided to give this place a shot. Pretty vacuous and empty and without personality inside. Small bar with booths and tables scattered throughout the main seating area. It was noon on a Monday and it took a while to receive any service and the service I received was lackluster at best. Large selection of beers. About 15 on tap and probably 50 or more in the bottle. Plenty of local stuff like Pisgah, Highland, French Broad. Food was good as well. They have a BBW sauce bar that is nice. I tried about 6 sauces and they all seemed fresh and were all very tasty. I think the food is better here than at Ed Boudreaux, but the ambiance is not even close. For food, I would come here. Everything else belongs at Eds.
02-23-2009 22:02:46 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We were touring the region, and this place was (a)close to our hotel, and (b) recommended in BeerFly.
From the outside, it looks like a down and dirty biker bar. The Harleys in the parking lot may have contributed to this impression.
On entering, we were hit with a blast of sound from the football game being broadcast at high volume. Way too noisy, so we opted to sit on the screened in porch at the front. A good choice. It looked like a bad start, but things improved.
The decor is simple: Pool tables, plank floor, long bar, sports stuff on the walls, the game on TV, lots of taps and big beer fridges.
Being first-timers, the waitress took her time explaining the variations of the BBQ sauces and the range of beers. Suffice it to say, we had lots of each. Excellent ribs!
The owner recognizing us as tourists, came and chatted us up, and showed us the family entertainment area out in back. This was a big hit with my wife and sister who were with me. Overall impression: I would be a regular if I lived in the area.
We left well juiced (except for me, the DD), and over fed.
10-30-2008 19:45:14 | More by Conrad
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally stopped in here for the first time believe it or not the other day. I had driven past it countless times in the last few years, but just never did get around to stopping in. Last trip through town though I could not ignore it any longer. What a nice little place to stop in and eat it turned out to be. Very friendly atmosphere and the food was great. Nice selections from Highland, Pisgah and French broad as well as some of the more common micros you see. Prices were decent and everything came out super quick. Not the greatest place for the beer lover, but for a quick bite to eat with the family and a couple good brews, not bad at all!
06-30-2008 23:55:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally got around to trying this place on a Sunday afternoon. It's in Haw Creek which basically means get on Tunnel Road goto East Asheville,and look for Beverly Road. Not too hard to find.
The building has a nice open feel, and is laid out pretty nice. Has some pool tables, and assorted video games. It has that stereotypical BBQ joint vibe.
During my visit I think they had around 20 taps. Maybe 1/4 were dedicated to BMC products. The others were a nice mix of local, and regional offerings. The server knew the brands they had, but not all the specifics. She told us to feel free to go look though so that was nice. They also had three coolers of bottles. Again very nice selection. Nice selection of Pisgah on tap.
The food was fantastic. Huge portions for a reasonable price. Nice selection of sides, and a sauce bar for your pulled pork. It was pretty empty when we visited, but evidently draws a crowd at certain times. I saw they had live music six nights a week, and smoking wasn't allowed till after nine. Overall all Ruby's is pretty laid back, and we really enjoyed eating somewhere other then downtown with the parking problems.
04-14-2008 18:40:45 | More by ahatcher78
4/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Ruby's is in downtown Haw Creek. Unfortunately I have no idea where the heck Haw Creek is except East of Asheville. We took some side road off 70 heading North and were there in a few minutes. I was told that the place was a BBQ joint before, but they remodeled the inside with the screened in seating and moved the bar.
We were told to sit wherever we wanted and the waitress on the floor let us know she was slammed so patience would be appreciated. Have no fear, the barkeep came out and took our orders and brought them out with upmost efficiency. I could find no beer menu at all, so up to the bar. Wowser, 23 taps, at least 2/3 of them something interesting and over 100 bottles and only 10 of them were BMC offerings. They really could use a beer menu and might have provided one if I had inquired.
The food was similar to Ed Boudreaux downtown, but the portions were enormous. It is the sort of BBQ where you choose from dozens of sauces and make your own flavor combinations. I had a beef and pork plate which ended up being over a pound of meat and two sides for only 11 bucks. The place really is a steal in terms of food and 3 of us ate for less than 24 bucks (not including beer). The beer prices were reasonable for the drafts and without a beer menu, no telling about bottle pricing, but I suspect it was reasonable as well.
I'll go back to Ruby's, good food, great pricing and large portions.
09-26-2006 13:02:25 | More by GCBrewingCo
Ruby's BBQ Shack in Asheville, NC
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.