By Chris Mosby | Patch.com
COLUMBUS, OH — Food trucks are a fun, different option from the classic night out at a restaurant. There’s a simple satisfaction from having the meal brought to you, and many trucks offer tasty alternatives to normal cuisine.
The Daily Meal recently released its list of “The Best Food Truck in Every State” and much to the chagrin of Northeast Ohioans, a Columbus-based food truck took home the top spot in the Buckeye state.
The food blog considered more than 20,000 trucks throughout the United States and scanned countless reviews from sites such as Yelp, Twitter and Instagram.
At Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, pitmaster James Anderson is serving real-deal barbecue from his two trucks Thursdays through Sundays at Ace of Cups and Land-Grant Brewing in Columbus. Ribs (both spare and baby back), jerk chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, Carolina-style chopped pork and locally made hot links are smoked with hickory and oak for 12 to 16 hours and served with a variety of rubs and sauces as well as sides including waffle fries, pit-baked beans and mac and cheese. If you can’t make it to the trucks, he also runs a drive-thru window in nearby Westerville.
“If traditional restaurants are like full-length novels, then food trucks are novellas — concentrated and poignant,” researchers from the Daily Meal said. “The most successful operations boil a specific type of cuisine down to a handful of signature, crowd-pleasing dishes.”