Archies on a Roll is a hot dog truck at 420 Maple Street in Marlborough, Ma that has the distinction of being located at the spot where I used to park MY Hot Dog Truck! Owner Alan Archibald used to frequent my truck and ask me questions about the Hot Dog Business and when I got out of the game, he jumped right in with his Grumman Body Hot Dog Truck.
What Archies on a Roll has going for it that my truck didn’t is a succulent Michigan sauce. It’s Alan’s own, tried and true recipe and it’s the only Michigan Sauce available inside of 495, perhaps in all of Massachusetts. A Michigan sauce is like a Coney Island sauce, but it has some tomato in it (Coney sauce has no tomato) and it tends to be a bit sweeter than a Coney sauce. Whatever it is, I call it AWESOME!
Archies on a Roll makes an “Appalachian Dog” with Slawsa
Alan is a very knowledgable hot dog truck operator and has a deep appreciation for regional hot dog styles. When I dropped some Slawsa off at his truck, he came up with a nod to a West Virginia style hot dog called the “Appalachian Dog.” West Virginia hot dogs feature chili, onions, mustard, creamy cole slaw, and sometimes cheese. The Appalachian Dog at Archies on a Roll has Slawsa, his famous Michigan sauce, and onions – though two patrons ordered them with cheese while I was there. The resulting hot dog was excellent: the crunch and flavor of the Slawsa complemented the Michigan sauce perfectly. It was a new experimental dog that Alan might make a permanent part of the menu!
Archies on a Roll is open weekdays from 11-3. You can follow his wanderings to various events on his Facebook page. If you stop by, get an Archie dog and an Appalachian. Tell Alan “the Hotdogman sent me!”
I shoot Hot Dog Stories with a Kodak Zi8 camera with an Audio Technica ATR288W VHF Battery-Powered TwinMic Microphone System, a Flip Ultra HD camera, and a 60″tripod. I edit with Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate. I will also take some stills with my new Canon EOS Rebel Camera.