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🍔 Here’s the beef
We’re putting these two Old Louisville burger staples up against one another, patty for patty. | Photo by LOUtoday
Among Louisvillians, there are certain signature debates: Cards vs. Cats, neat or on the rocks, and Dairy Del vs. Dairy Kastle.

But there’s another immortal debate that’s almost as old as Old Louisville, where it resides: Dizzy Whizz vs. Ollie’s Trolley.

The two burger joints are separated by just one block of 3rd Street, from St. Catherine Street to Kentucky Street, and both offer classic diner fare.

Dizzy Whizz

A sign advertises a Whizz Burger, noting it's been around since 1947. It also lists a breakfast special.

Dizzy Whizz advertises itself as the “only true curb service in Louisville.”


Photo by LOUtoday

Dizzy Whizz (217 St. Catherine St.) is a taste of mid-century America. It offers old-school, drive-in service — just without the roller skates — as well as counter service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from early in the morning to late at night.

Late Louisvillian Howard Poole opened the restaurant in 1947 as a ten-stool dining car. It’s still a family business — Howard’s son Tim Poole is in charge today.

Ollie’s Trolley

A lunch-time-only spot, Ollie’s (978 S. 3rd St.) is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It stays on track with a streamlined menu of burgers, fries, hot dogs + chicken and fish sandwiches.

Once upon a time, Ollie’s Trolley was a chain, with ~100 trolleys parked on street corners nationwide.


Two bugers, surrounded by french fries.

The Whizzburger is served with crinkle-cut fries and the Ollieburger with seasoned Olliefries.


Photo by LOUtoday

Both restaurants have a signature burger, but which is your bun and only?

  • The single patty, weighs in at a third of a pound +is seasoned with a blend of 32 spices.
  • Ollieburgers come either dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles or undressed — with or without the cheese.
  • The signature sauce offers a sweet + tangy compliment to the spice mix — think: Big Mac sauce.
  • Fully dressed Ollieburger with cheese: $7.75 — it’s cash only, by the way
  • This double-decker burger features two thin patties separated by a third bun in the middle.
  • Whizzburgers come with lettuce, cheese, and a thick, zesty sauce, providing a little sweetness— think: Big Boy sauce.
  • Whizzburger: $4.99
Which burger do you prefer?

A. Dizzy Whizz
B. Ollie’s Trolley
Thursday, June 6
  • Louisville Ballet presents: Boys, Books, & Ballet | Thursday, June 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Main Library, 301 York St., Louisville | Free | Bring kids of all genders to learn moves from Louisville Ballet dancers as they celebrate boys who love to dance.
  • The Origins of Superman | Thursday, June 6 | 5:30-630 p.m. | Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany, IN | Free | Registration is required for this event where you’ll learn how Clark Kent came to be from a local comic book expert.
Friday, June 7
  • Olmsted Parks Beer Garden | Friday, June 7 | 5-8 p.m. | Seneca Park, 3151 Pee Wee Reese Rd., Louisville | Free | Sip suds from West Sixth Brewing while you nibble on snacks from local food trucks.
  • Haley Reinhart | Friday, June 7 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd, Louisville | $25-$75 | Hear the former “American Idol” contestant sing classics like “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
  • Racing Louisville vs. Houston Dash | Friday, June 7 | 8 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $19-$153 | It’s Pride Night: The first 2,000 fans will receive a Pride-themed Racing bucket hat.*
Saturday, June 8
  • 19th Annual Run/Walk for Autism 5K | Saturday, June 8 | 8:45 a.m. | Beckley Creek Park, 1411 Beckley Pkwy., Louisville | $15-$35 | Lace up your sneakers and go the distance to help raise awareness for autism.
Sunday, June 9
  • Louisville Water Tower - WaterWorks Museum Open Day | Sunday, June 9 | 12-5 p.m. | Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Rd., Louisville | $3-$5 | Learn the rich history of Louisville’s water system through interactive exhibits, engaging displays, and informative tours.
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News Notes
  • Workers have broken ground on Louisville’s first WaWa. The gas station will be located at 9650 Preston Crossing Blvd. in Okolona. It’ll be the first of five WaWa locations in Louisville — and 40 planned in Kentucky — and will open next year. We can’t wait for Free Coffee Tuesdays.
  • Mayor Craig Greenberg is headed back to school — kind of. The Mayor is working with Harvard University’s Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to improve Louisville’s parks, starting at Iroquois + Sheppard Parks with plans to eventually expand to all 120. (Courier Journal)
  • The Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival returns Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. Bring a lawn chair to the corner of Hickory Street and Burnett Avenue + stop inside Check’s Café (1101 E. Burnett Ave.) for 11 acts, starting at 7 p.m tomorrow and 4 p.m. on Saturday — it’s free.
Try This
  • Want a peek inside an Old Louisville Victorian mansion? Take the self-guided Old Louisville Gardens Tour at St. James Court and Belgravia Court. The 30th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 7 + Saturday, June 8. Tickets are $20 in advance.
  • You’ve seen LouCity tear it up — they’re in first place, by the way — on the pitch, but now you can get to know the players off of it. The Louisville City FC players now have their own podcast. Listen to the first episode, featuring captain Kyle Adams + defender Amadou Dia.
Drink Up
  • Own a local beverage business? Offer a drink deal to our readers during Drink Up Week sponsored by Heine Brothers Coffee from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. Whether it’s BOGO smoothies or 20% off wine bottles, drop your deal into this form by Friday, June 28 and let’s get this party poppin’.
  • Louisville men’s basketball has improved under Pat Kelsey’s leadership, but will they make the big dance next season? Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • 27,000: That’s the number of trees that are cut down each day to make toilet paper. This luxury three-ply bamboo toilet paper is changing that. It feels just like regular high-end TP, but doesn’t harm trees. Use code 6AM30 for 30% off through midnight. Learn more + shop.*
    • Did you know you can bring all your debt under one roof by borrowing from your home to pay off high-interest loans, bills, and credit cards? Calculate your payment.*
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    🛍️ #LocalLouisville
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    The fair will be held in the Lynn Family Stadium fan zone. | Photo by Cole Bollinger
    Get ready to shop till you drop. Louisville’s Buy Local Fair is coming to Lynn Family Stadium (350 Adams St.) on Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The free annual fair started in 2009 and is the Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s biggest fundraiser. It will feature 100+ local businesses, food + drink vendors, artists, craftspeople, services, and more.

    Here’s what to keep in mind:
    • This is the first year the fair will be held at Lynn Family Stadium. It was previously held at the Louisville Water Tower and Waterfront Park.
    • Entrance to the fair is free this year, but parking is not — it’s $15 per vehicle.
    • The silent auction will open online on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
    • There’s a Louisville City FC game vs. North Carolina after the fair at 8 p.m. — so stick around if you want to kick it.
    The Buy
    Six & Main is turning 2. Celebrate with us and enjoy 25% off sitewide. Use code BIRTHDAY25.
    The Wrap
    Jeff-Milby-headshot-LOU Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    My sophomore year of high school, some friends and I walked to Dizzy Whizz after class and each got milkshakes, by the quart.

    Imagine a group of teenage boys hopped up on that amount of sugar. These days, I could never.
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