Hot Dog Annie’s in Leicester, MA

Hot Dog Annie's

The National Hot Dog Month Tour’s 23rd stop was Hot Dog Annie’s in Leicester, MA. This iconic little shack has been serving up hot dogs in this Worcester area community for 63 years. Now on it’s 3rd or 4th owner, the place doesn’t appear to have changed much. The current owner, one of the crew’s sister, has owned the place for a little over twenty years. I had some difficulty getting information from the crew who was working today (there was a bit of a mutual comprehension barrier), so I am going on what I have been told.

Picnic area

One thing I do know is this place has legions of fans that span generations. Everywhere I go, people ask me if I have ever been to Hot Dog Annie’s. I was very early and it was a drizzly morning. The owner was not present, but her sister was, and she told me everything she knew about the place, which, admittedly, was not much.

Hot Dog Annie's WiFi

Hot Dog Annie’s doesn’t have a website or proper Facebook page. I found it somewhat ironic that they do provide free WiFi for their patrons.

Hot Dog Annie's Menu

The menu is pretty simple and straightforward:  hot dogs, burgers, chips, and drinks.

Hot Dog Annie's Root Beer

They even have their own house brand of Root Beer and Cream Soda.

Hot Dog Annie's Barbecue sauce

They serve up a 1/10th pound, grilled dog on a grilled bun at Hot Dog Annie’s. They have the four staple condiments: mustard, relish, onions, and that red kid’s stuff. The real attraction is the barbecue sauce. Everyone raves about it.

My dog with barbecue sauce and onions and Drew's with mustard and onions

I ordered up one with barbecue sauce and onions. Drew got mustard and onions. We grabbed our dogs and…..

Chowing down at Hot Dog Annie's

…well, you get the idea!

Hot Dog Annie's Barbecue Sauce

The barbecue sauce was awesome! It was sweet and savory and tangy and just plain old yummy! I can see why people rave about it. When I asked how they made it, the ladies (who were very camera shy) practically tore my head off!

Enjoy today’s video.

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About hotdogman

I enjoy traveling and eating hot dogs wherever I am. I like to sample the local variations of America's favorite encased meat and discovering the stories behind the hot dog, the vendor, and the regional preferences. I also write about How to Start a Hot Dog Business, The Hot Dog Truck, The Shark Tank, and I have a personal blog, RobMerlinodotCom

Comments

  1. Love this place. You need to include the Art Braddish hot dog stand in North
    Grafton, on rt. 140, on your list of stops. The place has been there forever and completely unchanged.
    You will be pleased.

    • hotdogman says:

      I will put it on the list- it’s seasonal I believe, so I better hurry for 2012. Someone recommended that place at Annie’s.

  2. It’s a shame the current owner does’t know anything about the original owner, because her husband purchased the business from Ilura Fyffe, sole proprietor of the business. She created the special bar b cue
    sauce and it continues to be unique to Hot Dog Annies AKA the Silver Grille. I am the grand niece to this owner and worked at the “Stand” as we used to call it, for about 8 years. I saved money to go to college from that little job. My family, Great Aunt, Grandmother, Mother, and aunts all worked there like a right of passage.
    I believe the business started in the late 1940’s with the original building burning to the ground in or about 1973. The current building was transported from Webster, MA. That second place of business never really
    caught on like the Leicester location. I hope readers will benefit by the little history of this still thriving
    hot dog eatery.

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