Hot!Remember Ollie's Trolley?

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AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2004/12/06 14:31:38
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
IansMom
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/06 14:37:12
Olley's is still here in Louisville... and the food is awesome...
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/06 14:47:29
We have an Ollie's here in Cincinnati. Excellent burger, good fries.
Adjudicator
Sirloin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/06 18:49:01
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.
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/07 02:32:48
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/07 09:44:43
As an aside, the one in Covington is brand spanking new, an expansion location recently opened by the owner of the one in Cincinnati
dctourist
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/07 10:16:09
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?
PammyJo
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/09 02:03:31
mmmmmm Ollie fries ....yum.
ULVER
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/20 11:44:04
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>???
benjo
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/23 11:30:39
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.
Michael59
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2004/12/29 19:26:01
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
sneeks
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/01/23 10:43:45
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.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/01/23 11:11:38
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
sneeks
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/01/23 12:24:45
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!
marberthenad
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/08/27 17:10:25
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.
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/08/29 09:28:34
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
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/08/29 15:00:31
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/08/29 16:36:57
Ollies in Louisville, Ky

Extreme Glow
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2005/08/29 17:07:55
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.
rbpalmer
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/04/25 15:49:53
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).
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/03 16:14:02
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
Adjudicator
Sirloin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/03 18:33:44
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).
BenInKy
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/08 15:49:42
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
PrettyKitties
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/08 19:37:13
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.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/09 10:42:59
It is a little dingy inside. With Harry's around the corner and all the competition downtown, you'd think they work on that.
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/11 17:23:46
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
pencb
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/06/15 21:09:24
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???
fbradjr
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2006/11/26 15:52:34
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.
604stretch
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2007/01/14 00:21:25
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.
IansMom
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2007/01/22 15:12:38
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
Jimg28
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/03/04 08:54:18
I didn't realize there was one still in DC. I used to go to one in Silver Spring years ago. The seasoning on the Fries is great. Next time I get to the DC area I will be stopping in for a burger and some fries.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/03/09 15:17:04
quote:
Originally posted by Jimg28

I didn't realize there was one still in DC. I used to go to one in Silver Spring years ago. The seasoning on the Fries is great. Next time I get to the DC area I will be stopping in for a burger and some fries.


In fact, I think there are two in DC. There's the one at the corner of E $12th, and another one further north on L Street? The one on L Street I didn't even know about until someone on roadfood pointed it out to me.
dennisdb61@aol.com
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/03/11 10:27:50
I AM AN OLD DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR LUMS RESTAURANTS. I AM GLAD SO MANY LOVE THE OLLIEBURGER AND OLLIE FRIES. I SELL THE OLLIE RED AND OLLIE BLUE SEASONINGS. IF INTERESTED E-MAIL dennisdb61@aol.com
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/03/11 11:28:42
I managed an office near the Ollies in Louisville and thoughtit was OK. I do hate batter coated fries though, but the cajun burger was ok.
There is one in Cinci but its kinds in the "hood" I dropped a coworker off accross the street after work and it wasnt open at nite(back in 98-99).
In Louisville there was a lot of good choices in the area. The Dizzy Whiz, I could never ask for a Whiz burger tho. They had an awsome unbreaded Pork tender that was like a good steak sandwich. Also a great diner in the same block.
britt
rmcielwain
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/03/29 19:05:59

Back on a visit to my home town of Windsor, Ontario, there was a location on Erie St. next to a KFC
(or referred to in those parts also as "Scott's Chicken Villa") -- where I got my one and only
Ollieburger: delicious!

And that location's probably long gone, since I made that visit sometime in the '80s....


steve753
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/07/06 14:16:43
Ollie's Trolley got started long before Lums started serving them. They were one of many of former Kentucky Governor John Y Brown's line of restaurants. They didn't do so well, so he dumped them. I remember the ones in Louisville well, and I try to go there whenever I am able to get to Louisville (I now live in San Diego)
bosco lover
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/07/11 14:37:51
well, i had my first ollie burger and fries a few weeks ago when i was in dc. it was heavenly. making my mouth water just thinking about those lovely seasonings. i'll stop again next year when i go to the smithsonian.
i didnt find the place to be dingy. maybe i have different standards or maybe they have cleaned it up a bit.
Jerbear
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/07/26 14:52:15
quote:
Originally posted by Adjudicator

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.

I've made the burger, and it was pretty close, but does anyone have the recipe for the sauce?
Spazz Dance
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/07/26 17:12:39
I haven't tried it but I was told this is the spice mix to make the Ollie's Sauce... Let us know how it is..

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.
captainrick747
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/09/08 11:01:37
O.K. here it is, I have found a gentleman that was the owner of several Lums restaurants in New England. He sells the “original” Ollie’s spice mixture for $9 per pound plus shipping. I am a native of Miami and spent many an afternoon at Ollie’s original steak house on Miami Beach. This is the real deal! As far as a bun sauce, there was NEVER any sauce on the original Ollie burger, in fact you were likely to get yelled at or something thrown at you if you tried to put ANYTHING on a burger that Ollie made. This is the same spice mixture that he used on his fries and in his thousand island dressing as well as on his awesome green beans. For a true Ollie burger, add 1 tsp of this spice mixture to each 1/3 lb. Burger meat. Let sit for 30 minutes and grill. I promise you that any of you old Miami Beach High School students will think your back at Ollie’s place. The only thing that will be missing is Ollie yelling at Terrie.

Dennis’s email @ dennisdb61@aol.com

Enjoy Captain Rick
hoosiergoob
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/09/14 09:02:36
There was one in Bloomington, IN in late 70's, early 80's, just off campus (IU). There's a McDonalds there now.
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2008/09/16 01:10:56

There was an "Ollie's Trolley" in downtown Memphis near City Hall (Mid America Mall) in the 70s-80s. Probably made most of its money from office workers and the like.

Never ate there.No toilet.
Spazz Dance
Junior Burger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2014/03/01 11:45:42
This guy has the REAL Ollie's Trolley recipe and he even sells the spice blend...  I'm eating a homemade Ollie's burger now..   :)
He worked for them for 12 years
lums-recipes.c o m/
post edited by Spazz Dance - 2014/03/01 11:51:42
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Remember Ollie's Trolley? 2014/03/04 14:03:08
When I was stationed at the Pentagon I would go to the one near there. It was more towards Crystal City. Like other loved those fries.