Lisa Blackmon-Miller has been creating custom gourmet egg rolls for family and friends since 2010.
“I was taught how to make the egg rolls by my wonderful sister-in-law so that our family could continue to have them while she was on her tours in Afghanistan,” Blackmon-Miller said. “I initially struggled with rolling the wrappers, but after mastering the technique, without ripping the wrappers, I began experimenting with the recipe. They were always a hit, so I began selling them to friends and family.”
Many Oxford locals got their first taste of On a Roll Gourmet Egg Roll’s addictive flavor combinations when Blackmon-Miller set up a booth at the Annual Oxford Flea on April 1.
Since then, Blackmon-Miller has opened shop in a shared space with the Soul Food Kitchen at 2028 University Ave. to sell her egg rolls on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m.
If you’re wondering what a gourmet egg roll is, you can be sure that the egg rolls from On a Roll are unlike any egg roll you’ve had before.
“We have over 30 different variations of egg rolls that can cater to anyone’s taste buds on any given day,” Blackmon-Miller said. “The key to our yummy egg rolls are the fillings, which are prepared fresh. We hand prepare each roll on site and within two to three minutes, you can have a hot, crisp, golden egg roll in your hand!”
The top sellers at On a Roll are the Famous Original, which contains ground turkey, slaw and cheese, and Kenric’s Kick’n Buffalo Chik’n, which combines all of the flavors you love from Buffalo chicken wings and wraps them up in an egg roll.
“We have some egg rolls that are seasonal as well,” Blackmon-Miller said. “These include the Southern Belle’ Pecan Pie Roll, Bobby’s BBQ Pulled Pork and Chad’s Cheesy Philly.”
On any given day, you’ll always find the Famous Original and Kenric’s Kick’n Buffalo Chik’n available in addition to two featured rolls of the week.
Accompanying the egg rolls, On a Roll serves sides such as fried rice, loaded baked beans, crinkle cut fries and Mexican corn (the fries can even be used to create what’s called an Explod’n Egg Roll). Blackmon-Miller said she’ll continue to add sides as they complement the rolls of the week.
Blackmon-Miller said she is beyond excited to offer a fun and unique food option in Oxford.
“Our goal is to have egg rolls available for fun family nights out and during late night for students,” she said. “We love to be the star of the party. You can find our egg rolls at the Grove on Saturdays or at watch parties throughout the city.”
Liz Barrett Foster is the EatingOxford editor for HottyToddy.com, an award-winning business journalist and author of the recently published Pizza: A Slice of American History. Liz ran the popular restaurant information site EatingOxford.com from 2009 to 2015. Liz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.