It was great to see local food truck Ray Ray's Hog Pit get some national attention in an Esquire article that called it, "some of the best damn ribs in the country."
Where Josh Ozersky, the author of the article fell short was in the tone of the piece. Ozersky was recently in town for a James Beard presentation and he spent some time with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. I'd like to know how a line like, "it's a truck in a random parking lot in a city considered dull even by some Ohioans," came to be? Columbus may be dull to idiots from, say, Cleveland. We may be a bit thin skinned when we get dissed for no reason, but dull? Nah.
The praise of Ray Ray's is very much deserved. The food is worth it. Obviously Ozersky did not have much other time to explore the city otherwise the article's closing line of, "a city that barely knows what barbecue is," would not have been typed.
Over four years ago, food writer Michael Rulhman appeared on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. With wide eyes he appeared amazed to be having world class Japanese food in Columbus. After a lot of internet comment, including my own, Ruhlman changed his mind about this "Land of Applebees" as he called it. I'm hoping with some well intentioned reason that Ozersky can reach the correct conclusion.