Roadfood: In Praise Of PhoCPolgar5/26/14 9:00amFiled to: roadfoodphovietnamesefairfaxvirginia112EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalinkBeing on the road all the time means that I am constantly eating out. Because of budgetary constraints, a lot of it ends up being fast food garbage or some buffet place of mostly-dubious quality. Roadfood is an occasional series in which I highlight some of the better options I find along the way.AdvertisementNo fast food – that’s the main rule I set for myself whenever it’s time for me to head back out on the road. No fast food – because it’s bad for me, because it makes me feel like garbage afterward, and because other options can always be found, even if it takes a bit of searching to find them. Of course, it’s not always that easy – some hotels I end up staying at are in tiny towns by the highway, only existing because they’re by the highway, and not offering much else than a McDonald’s, a Subway, and a nearby gas station. It would take a bit of extra driving to find the nearest supermarket, or local deli, or – Christ, anything but Subway – but on a lot of those workdays, I’m just too exhausted to expand my search, so I end up at McDonald’s instead (I still avoid Subway, as I’d rather feel like shit after wolfing down a Quarter Pounder than be enveloped in the “Subway smell”, which makes me want to retch). I eat my McDonald’s, deal with the spike in blood pressure (I am not a healthy man), then profess to adhere to my ‘no fast food’ rule a little better at the next town I reach.There are exceptions to the rule, too. I’m always eager to check out some regional chain that I’ve never heard of previously (i.e the Bullritos I wrote about last time, or the lovely Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters in Canada), or check out some fast food chain I had heard of before but never tried (i.e. In-N-Out Burger, which deserves a new word to describe it whose definition would mean, “overrated by a previously uncalculatable factor”), or see if Carl’s Jr offers something that Hardees does not. Or if my Mom says I need to check it out.