What's your favorite "on the road" meal?
I have to travel once or twice a month and I always seek out a Japanese place. My absolutely fave meal when travelling is a bowl of good udon accompanied by a seaweed salad and/or plate of oshinko (Japanese pickles) and a really good, fruity, very cold sake.
For some reason that soup is just really comforting to me!!!
If you're talking about in the car, I think I'd take a sac of Krystal's.
If you're talking about what I look for when I get to my destination.... first and foremost. The local specialty.
The in-laws are in the south, so it's BBQ when we're there. On the way, if we stay in Cinci, it's chili. In Kentucky, I looked for burgoo. I think you get the point.
While, like DT, I like to try the local specialties, most of the time I'm travelling in the Northeast. And with so many Italians in the area, if I'm looking for a quick road meal, I look for an independent pizza or sub place, and get a meatball sub with cheese. The meatball recipes vary from place to place - some are all beef, some beef/pork/veal combinations - and the sauces are always slightly different. The bun is the most variable element; I prefer crusty over soft. Usually, the package is quick, tasty, inexpensive, and unique.
Of course, if I was in the South, I'd be looking for BBQ, but when do I ever get that lucky?
o-o-o-o-o! a good thai curry, pho, or katsudon. So comforting because the ingredients are usually very fresh, and I love strong flavors.
second choice, a good hand-made milk shake to share. (I wish you could get 1/2 orders of milkshakes!)