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Ollie's Trolley

luv2eatalldaylong Jul 17, 2007 05:40 AM

what do you guys think? ever been? whats good? just wondering, havn't been in a while.

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  1. monkeyrotica RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jul 17, 2007 05:42 AM

    You're talking about the one downtown? The Ollieburger is still good and greasy. So are the fries. Can't vouch for anything else though, and the interior seems to scare people.

    1. debit RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jul 17, 2007 06:48 AM

      Fries are pretty terrific. And I have been known to enjoy their shakes.

      1. ktmoomau RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jul 17, 2007 06:55 AM

        I have always been intrigued by this place and when driving by the other day remarked to the bf that it had been around forever... so it's a greasy spoon burger and fries kind of place... hmm may have to go just because it is what it is.

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          monkeyrotica RE: ktmoomau Jul 17, 2007 07:56 AM

          Ollie's Trolley is an old, old chain.


          The only other place to get an Ollieburger is at Lums, yet another defunct chain. Although, there are a few independent Lums still around.


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            luv2eatalldaylong RE: monkeyrotica Jul 17, 2007 08:26 AM

            thanks for the link, i'll definitely be stopping by for lunch today...i have a weird craving for a good greasy burger.

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          Steve RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jul 17, 2007 09:00 AM

          One of the keys to enjoying Ollie's Trolley is to order it to your liking, preferably medium rare or rare. If you are looking for fast food, they will give it to you well done. Medium Rare, there is nothing especially greasy about the Ollieburger. It is juicy, and while maybe not as tasty as that of old, is still a very good burger.

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            spazz_dance RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jan 31, 2008 01:37 PM

            I just found a website of an ex-employee of Ollies Trolleys ... He has posted recipes.......


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              WestIndianArchie RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jun 15, 2008 12:13 PM

              Just went. They won't be putting 5 Guys out of business anytime soon.

              But the fries are 1) thinner, 2) differently seasoned - which makes me want to return sometime soon.

              And the chocolate shake was pretty good.

              The interior could use a retro-update. Otherwise, it reminds me of a Clown from a Stephen King movie.

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                bylinemjf RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jun 15, 2008 03:36 PM

                I'm a fan when I want greasy near my office. The fries are really yummy - thin and crisp

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                  hamster RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jun 16, 2008 12:57 PM

                  Randomly dropped in here when my family was visiting during the hottest weekend *ever* and we needed a break from the weather. They seemed to enjoy their ice cream (shakes and softserve yogurt?) but I was pretty grossed out by the interior. I thought it smelled really gross, and I'm not easily scared off by such things. I would choose Five Guys any day over this place.

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                    hill food RE: hamster Jun 16, 2008 10:55 PM

                    but part of the fun is the dumpiness and the sprung upholstery.

                    if you want to slide your feet on discarded peanut shells, sit on hard seats AND without the random psychotic wandering through, well, that's your business.

                    all worth the bacon cheese burger in my book.

                    1. re: hill food
                      monkeyrotica RE: hill food Jun 17, 2008 05:46 AM

                      Same here. I'll take an Ollieburger in a dumpy trolly over 5G's. At least I know what I'm getting at Ollies. Five Guys is really starting to be hit or miss.

                      And to be fair, Ollies does have its fair share of psychotics wandering in.

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                        hill food RE: hill food Jun 17, 2008 08:40 AM

                        I think I was vague;

                        peanut shells, hard seats, no weirdos and a burger that intimidates by sheer size - 5G

                        great burgers, dumpy atmosphere - Ollie's

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                      julialimei RE: luv2eatalldaylong Jun 17, 2008 11:08 AM

                      I ate there once a few years back. The burger was unremarkable...not great or bad, just not memorable. What was memorable was the beyond terrible service. We sat outside, waited around for ages for a menu. Then, when we flagged down a server to ask if someone could take our order, he said our server would be with us shortly. Turns out she had left after giving us our menus to go to Starbucks. She actually took our order while holding her coffee. After dinner, she brought us the wrong bill...it had about $50-100 worth of drinks on it. When we politely pointed out that the drinks were not ours, her response was, "well, someone has to pay for it." Ugh! We were so annoyed that when we finally resolved the issue and paid, we bolted. But to this day I still wonder why we didn't talk to a manager. I think we just were desperate to get out of there!

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                        lmnopeas RE: julialimei Jun 17, 2008 11:11 AM

                        I don't think this is the same place. Ollie's Trolley doesn't have table service or drinks to my knowledge. Harry's is right next door and has burgers and drinks - was it that?

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                          hill food RE: lmnopeas Jun 18, 2008 01:06 AM

                          lmnop: that was my reaction - re: table service at Ollie's, it's just not that sort of place. they'd prob. get a lot of dine 'n' dash if they did,

                          wherever Julia was, that is indeed very annoying and I'm curious where it was.

                          "well, someone has to pay for it." gee, maybe the people who drank them?

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                            monkeyrotica RE: lmnopeas Jun 18, 2008 05:15 AM

                            Sounds like Harry's alright. I'd recognize that lousy burger anywhere.

                            And the gimmick of having the server put his/her friends' drinks on YOUR tab has happened to me twice in DC, last time at a certain unnamed Irish place near Union Station.

                            Although, the usual response from the manager is, "Well, the cash register doesn't make mistakes."

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                              julialimei RE: monkeyrotica Jun 19, 2008 11:02 AM

                              You guys might be right...I had thought it was Ollie's, but it could have been Harry's right next door (it was a few years back, so my memory could certainly have failed me here). We were sitting outside, where they had a few tables, if that helps to place it better.

                              In any case, apologies for my confusion.

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                                sarahkt99 RE: julialimei Jun 19, 2008 11:38 AM

                                Harry's is awful! The service is terrible, the bartenders think that the are god's gift to women and the burgers are terrible. Stay away from this place!

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                                  julialimei RE: sarahkt99 Jun 19, 2008 02:50 PM

                                  Trust me, I have not been back, and would NEVER dream of going back after my last experience. Although perhaps I should give Ollie's a try now that I'm un-confused :-)

                                  1. re: sarahkt99
                                    monkeyrotica RE: sarahkt99 Jun 20, 2008 06:37 AM

                                    One never eats at Harry's. It exists for the sole purpose of drinking yourself blind off pitchers of beer and eating peanuts because you can't afford decent booze.

                                    Sometimes, you want a tasty Belgian ale. Sometimes you want to drown your sorrows on the cheap. Harry's is there for the latter.

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                            VvrroomVroom RE: luv2eatalldaylong Aug 29, 2008 06:01 AM

                            I am in from out of town (Boston) and was intrigued by the cheesy exterior. Last night, I went in with my son for a burger. The smell nearly bowled us over... moldy locker room? But we ventured forth due to starvation. Counter help was surly, but efficient... But, HELLO!! The burgers and fries rocked my world!! Burgers are cooked to order (rare even) and juicy goodness. Fries have a unique blend of spices that works. The meal was well worth the odor, which you get used to after a few minutes. I saw no psycho's, although they would have matched the decor. I would visit again if I was in the area and hungry for a burger.

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                            1. re: VvrroomVroom
                              Steve RE: VvrroomVroom Aug 29, 2008 07:52 AM

                              You got it right; the key is to get an Ollieburger cooked to order, preferably medium rare.

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                              mrspvr RE: luv2eatalldaylong Aug 29, 2008 07:40 AM

                              Some of the confusion is because there are two Ollie's. The larger and more noticable one is around E St. and 11th. The smaller of the two which used to be connected a long long time ago but not anymore is on L St. around 15th.

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                              1. re: mrspvr
                                hill food RE: mrspvr Aug 29, 2008 02:10 PM

                                the E + 11 version is better IMHO. not hugely but enough.

                                glad to hear you were bold VV and forged ahead through the curb (lack of) appeal.

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