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AndreaB

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Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 12/6/04 2:31 PM (permalink)
I could be wrong, but I think Ollie's Trolley was a national chain. Their burgers and fries were spicy, and were perfect after an afternoon of ice skating. I think there's one left in Louisville, KY but I don't know if the food is as good as it used to be.

ANdrea
 
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    IansMom

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    RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 12/6/04 2:37 PM (permalink)
    Olley's is still here in Louisville... and the food is awesome...
     
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      TJ Jackson

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      RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 12/6/04 2:47 PM (permalink)
      We have an Ollie's here in Cincinnati. Excellent burger, good fries.
       
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        Adjudicator

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        RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 12/6/04 6:49 PM (permalink)
        Lum's Ollieburger


        3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
        1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
        1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
        1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
        1 Tbsp A-1 Steak Sauce
        1 Tbsp Corn Oil
        1/2 Cup Beef Broth
        1 tsp Heinz 57 Sauce
        1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
        1 tsp Vinegar

        1. Mix the above ingredients.
        2. Take 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. of ground round and shape meat into round
        patties, 3/4" thick and 3 1/2"round.
        3. Place in a covered container and pour the marinade mixture over them.
        Cover tightly and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
        Turn the patties frequently.
        4. Remove from marinade and sear over high heat to seal in the juices,
        then turn down heat and cook to your desired doneness.
         
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          Wallyum

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          RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Tue, 12/7/04 2:32 AM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by TJ Jackson

          We have an Ollie's here in Cincinnati. Excellent burger, good fries.

          We also have one in Covington on 12th Street. I keep meaning to try it, but I don't get over that way very much anymore.
           
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            TJ Jackson

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            RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Tue, 12/7/04 9:44 AM (permalink)
            As an aside, the one in Covington is brand spanking new, an expansion location recently opened by the owner of the one in Cincinnati
             
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              dctourist

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              RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Tue, 12/7/04 10:16 AM (permalink)
              We have one in downtown DC. It looks like it's been there a long time. Is it any good? How about the fries or fish sandwich?
               
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                PammyJo

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                RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Thu, 12/9/04 2:03 AM (permalink)
                mmmmmm Ollie fries ....yum.
                 
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                  ULVER

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                  RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 12/20/04 11:44 AM (permalink)
                  Great burgers. Ollie's was an off-shoot of LUM'S, which was famous for cooking their hotdogs in beer, and the seasoned fries. DOUBLE YUMMY!


                  Are their any Lum's left anywhere>???
                   
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                    benjo

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                    RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Thu, 12/23/04 11:30 AM (permalink)
                    dctourist: The Ollie's downtown is pretty good. Darn good, actually. The fries are wonderful. Greasy, but, tasty. Haven't tried anything beyond the burger and fries so I don't know about the fish. I hear that there are 2 in DC.

                    ULVER: There was a Lum's in Woodbridge, VA, that was still alive and kicking within the past couple of years. I drove by it this past Fall and noticed that it looked closed. But it's in a pretty blighted area and always looked like it was shut down,so who knows!

                    AndreaB: Yes, it was a national, Kentucky-based chain for a time, but now all Ollie's Trolleys are independently owned. I have looked for a comprehensive listing of operating restaurants, but cannot find one. Louisville, Cincinatti, and DC definitely still have them.
                     
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                      Michael59

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                      RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Wed, 12/29/04 7:26 PM (permalink)
                      Any one out there able to supply the actual receipe for the spicy seasoning on those DELECTABLE "Ollies Fries"??? please send to my personal email at "michaelwaggoner@comcast.net"....we do not have any down here in Atlanta, Georgia area...also, the seasoning on those wonderful burgers would be good to have also...they must be pretty good since it has been over 30 years since I had one but still remember them with LOVE!

                      thanks
                       
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                        sneeks

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                        RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 01/23/05 10:43 AM (permalink)
                        I have a bar set from Ollie's Trolley which consits of 4-6 on the rock size glasses a small picture w/glass stir stick. I live in Louisville and have checked with local antique dealers with no luck. Anyone know anything about these, and are there many sets out there.
                         
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                          mayor al

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                          RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 01/23/05 11:11 AM (permalink)
                          Sneeks,
                          When I run across an item like the one you decribe I do an Ebay search to see what the 'ballpark' value is... do it a few times over a couple of months to get a pretty good average estimate.
                          Al...just across the river from you
                           
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                            sneeks

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                            RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 01/23/05 12:24 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

                            Sneeks,
                            When I run across an item like the one you decribe I do an Ebay search to see what the 'ballpark' value is... do it a few times over a couple of months to get a pretty good average estimate.
                            Al...just across the river from you

                            Thanks, but couldn't find anything!
                             
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                              marberthenad

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                              RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sat, 08/27/05 5:10 PM (permalink)
                              Just ate today at the DC Ollie's Trolley for the first time. Had fries, a half-smoke and unsweet ice tea. All decent. Will go back to try their burger. Pretty dingy though and a bit surreal inside.
                               
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                                AndreaB

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                                RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 08/29/05 9:28 AM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by marberthenad

                                Just ate today at the DC Ollie's Trolley for the first time. Had fries, a half-smoke and unsweet ice tea. All decent. Will go back to try their burger. Pretty dingy though and a bit surreal inside.


                                Their burgers are for sure worth trying! The first ones I had were as a child and the burgers and fries seemed "exotic" to my childhood palate because they were spicy. We had one in Lexington but it didn't last long --- all I can think is bad location.

                                Andrea
                                 
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                                  Scorereader

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                                  RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 08/29/05 3:00 PM (permalink)
                                  http://www.airynothing.com/photos/around_dc/around_dc-Pages/Image11.html

                                  Picture of Ollie's is at above web link.

                                  It's located at 12th and E Street in NW Washington, DC.

                                  Around the corner on E street is Harry's Restaurant. Great Burgers as well, and the best chicken wings in DC IMO. (I'm from upstate, NY....so when I say "chicken wings," I mean what everyone else calls "buffalo wings." Back in my hometown, I guess the "Buffalo" part is implied)

                                  Ollie's is a nice throw-back style hamburger joint amidst hotels and tourist restaurants like the ESPN Zone and Hard Rock Cafe. The burgers are appropriately seasoned as are the fries. Add a coke and you have a tasty meal for about $6-7 tax included.
                                  At ESPN Zone, a larger, but less flavorful burger with fries will cost about $10, then add on your $2 soda, tax (10%), and tip and your burger meal is over $15.
                                  I suggest giving Ollie's a try.
                                   
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                                    TJ Jackson

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                                    RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 08/29/05 4:36 PM (permalink)
                                    Ollies in Louisville, Ky

                                     
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                                      Extreme Glow

                                      RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 08/29/05 5:07 PM (permalink)
                                      I ate at the Ollie's in DC last week. I had the burger, fries, and soda combo for just over $6. The burger was very good but I wasn't thrilled with the shoestring fries, but of course, I'm not a fan of any shoestring fries. I agree with other posters that it's a bit dingy.
                                       
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                                        rbpalmer

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                                        RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Tue, 04/25/06 3:49 PM (permalink)
                                        The Ollie's Trolley at 12th and E in DC also has a surprisingly good crabcake sandwich. It's made with a lower grade crabmeat than the more expensive ones at some area restaurants, but it tastes fresh, has little or no filler and is relatively inexpensive, at about 5 or 6 dollars for a platter (which consists of fries and a dollop of cole slaw).
                                         
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                                          AndreaB

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                                          RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sat, 06/3/06 4:14 PM (permalink)
                                          We're going to try the recipe posted by Adjudicator. The burgers will marinate overnight. Does anyone remember what type of buns they used, or if cheese what type or if they were dressed with other condiments?

                                          Andrea
                                           
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                                            Adjudicator

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                                            RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sat, 06/3/06 6:33 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by AndreaB

                                            We're going to try the recipe posted by Adjudicator. The burgers will marinate overnight. Does anyone remember what type of buns they used, or if cheese what type or if they were dressed with other condiments?

                                            Andrea


                                            Let me know how they turned out. The last time I cooked them with this recipe they were delish. I cooked them approximately to a medium doneness. As far as the other goes, I used a nice soft potato bun. I dressed them with some fresh sliced tomatoes and some sauteed vidallia onions. I saw no need for any other condiments. I didn't put cheese on mine either, but some nice aged swiss cheese would be a natural here (IMO).
                                             
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                                              BenInKy

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                                              RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Thu, 06/8/06 3:49 PM (permalink)
                                              Thought you all might enjoy an article by the Ollie's Trolley in Louisville, Ky. It appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal.


                                              http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/COLUMNISTS16/606020330&SearchID=73247056093098
                                               
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                                                PrettyKitties

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                                                RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Thu, 06/8/06 7:37 PM (permalink)
                                                I've eaten at the Ollie's Trolley in DC! Love their burgers & fries - the seasoning is just great. (I remember Lum's Ollie burger - yum yum.) I used to work within a few blocks from Ollie's - but no more, alas. It is a bit dingy, but I always got carryout. There's always a wait at lunch - but worth it.
                                                 
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                                                  Scorereader

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                                                  RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Fri, 06/9/06 10:42 AM (permalink)
                                                  It is a little dingy inside. With Harry's around the corner and all the competition downtown, you'd think they work on that.
                                                   
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                                                    AndreaB

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                                                    RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 06/11/06 5:23 PM (permalink)
                                                    The recipe was very good Adjudicator, and the burgers WERE
                                                    delish! We had them with melted cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, and tomatoes and A1 and Yah they were good.

                                                    Andrea
                                                     
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                                                      pencb

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                                                      RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Thu, 06/15/06 9:09 PM (permalink)
                                                      what do you think the ollie's sauce was???
                                                      How about the seasoning for the fries???

                                                      Anybody have any idea where to get it or how to make it???
                                                       
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                                                        fbradjr

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                                                        RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 11/26/06 3:52 PM (permalink)
                                                        Ollie's Red Sauce

                                                        1/2 C sugar
                                                        1/2 C salt
                                                        2 TBS paprika
                                                        2 TBS ground cayenne
                                                        1 TBS ground cumin
                                                        1 TBS ground celery seed
                                                        1/2 TSP ground coriander seed
                                                        2 tsp garlic powder

                                                        Mix together in a blender or jar.
                                                        Add water as needed and brush on the burgers before cooking, during cooking
                                                        and before serving!!!!

                                                        For Fries just put in a metal salt shaker with out any water.
                                                        Cover fries right out of fryer.
                                                         
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                                                          604stretch

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                                                          RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Sun, 01/14/07 12:21 AM (permalink)
                                                          I'm glad to see the recipe for the sauce for the Ollie Burgers, but does anyone know the recipe for the seasoning mix they shake on the fries? My husband has been trying to duplicate it for about 20 years and we have dozens of jars of mixtures he has tried.
                                                           
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                                                            IansMom

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                                                            RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? Mon, 01/22/07 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                                            Ate at Ollie's here in Louisville today... had an Ollie burger with cheese and fries.. MIL had a bacon buger no cheese and fries... Mmmmmm so good
                                                             
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