My Roadfood inspiration isn’t a person — it’s geography. In my early 20s, I moved from the small town where I grew up to a large city. I’ve never regretted this, but found over the course of years that I missed the simplicity of some of my hometown eateries. Ultimately, I began seeking out those kinds of places everywhere.
Over time, I also began discovering the wide variety of simple food available where I live now, although it bothers me when a lot of these foods — such as doughnuts — are treated ironically, with a (virtually) condescending wink that seems to say, "Oh, look at us, we’re eating the same food as the rest of America. Isn’t that funny?" Just shut up and eat. Please.