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Friday, January 4, 2013

Dining in DC: Ollie's Trolley

It's a debatable claim, but some say that Ollie's Trolley is to DC hamburgers what Ben's Chilli Bowl is to DC half-smokes. But there's no arguing that the hamburgers at Ollie's are popular. In fact, in 2011, the eatery's burger bested those from such renown DC places as Ray's Hellburger, 5 Guys, and the Tune Inn to capture the title of producing Washington's top burger.

And although Ollie's has been in business for 30 years, it still is a place of secrets. First, there is the undisclosed sauce that is slathered over the eatery's flame-grilled signature Ollie burger. And then there are the 26 herbs and spices that are sprinkled over the seasoned fries.

Today, we visited the eatery for the 1st time for a late lunch. Judy opted for the non-seasoned quarter-pound burger with cheese. I chose the Ollie burger dressed the recommended way with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayonnaise. We both got the seasoned fries. I added a chocolate milkshake for a true retro meal.

So how good was the burger? It was definitely tasty, but I would still cast my vote for my reigning favorite Ray's Hellburger. However, the seasoned fries live up to their reputation.

Now some words about Ollie's decor. The walls are light yellow and a trolley/train theme is apparent.  In addition, the windows and the inside hold antique dime games and Victorian merry go round animals. The old timey, kitsch feeling is heightened with the sound system that plays classic tunes from the 1930s and 40s.

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  • ***^ 3-and-and-1/2 plates out 5 (the seasoned fries added 1/2 plate)

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