RE: Why is Roadfood Important?
It is interesting to note that many of the suburban/urban places long-noted for good roadfood have moved more 'Upscale' in both menu and pricing. I do believe that causes a loss of total image of what roadfood really is.
After several visits to Arthur Bryants in the '84-'93 time period, we headed there in '96 . I had braced my wife with a description of the atmosphere of the place and all was as it should have been, except for the clientele,,, Instead of the usual mis-mash of blue-collar and no-collar folks, the parking lot was full of BMW'ss and Volvo's and suits and ties were the uniform of the majority of the customer's. The place was in the same location, and the security guard was the same giant guy, and the greasey floor was as it was...But somehow we felt different, almost out of place (or culture) being there.
Hard to describe the feeling, but it was noticeable! The next visit was on a weekend in '98 and things seemed "more normal". I guess the working stiffs take their lunch seriously during the week even when they don't "dress for dinner" hehehe.