Lucky $13: Ray Ray's Hog Pit
Half-Slab Pork Ribs, $10
The best new barbecue restaurant in Columbus is a cart, parked in front of the Super Food Mart convenience store in Clintonville. It's manned by a no-nonsense sheriff of smoke called the Pit Boss, and the operation - now called Ray Ray's Hog Pit - is only open Thursdays through Sundays and there's always a line. That's because nobody in town makes better ribs than the Pit Boss.
His lovely bones are seriously moist, perfectly chewy and expertly scented with smoldered hickory. The Boss' sauces are also unparalleled and I like the spicy variety. Still, I recommend you get the sauces on the side to experience the Homer Simpson moan these pig bones can induce while wearing only their zesty dry rub.
Ray Ray's Hog Pit
Corner of Pacemont Road & High Street, Clintonville