Hours: 11a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday. Noon to midnight, Sunday.
Price range: Pizza from $2 to $6.35; sandwiches and platters all under $2.
Atmosphere: Friendly and boisterous; small fry definitely welcome.
Special facilities: Parking; reservations for birthday parties accepted; old movies and live sports programs shown.
Credit cards: None accepted.11001g the car through a fearsome rainstorm, two tired kids slumped in the back seat and Mom slamming on imaginery brakes (and infuriating Dad). But our worry was not recharging batteries. It was recharging us.
Through a wall of rain, we saw something called the Trolley Car Pizza Depot, which was as cheery a sight as the Holy Grail. We stumbled gratefully into its dry interior and into the glare of a blinking traffic light suspended near part of an old trolley car. Inside the windows of the trolley stood young people wearing engineers' caps and taking food and drink orders.
On a big screen in the back room, returns of baseball games ran soundlessly, and as we looked around at the noisy crowd we realized we were in the hangout of local softball teams. A bunch of red shirts buddled near the beer window, yellow and white shirts took up half a long table and people with "Shirley's Ceramics" emblazoned across their shirts tablehopped, stopping to talk to buddies from other teams.
Despite the activity, food was number one on our minds. Pizza, of course, is the headliner at the Trolley Car Depot, but hamburgers, submarines, fish and chips and even crab cakes are offered. So is fried chicken, and for 85 cents you can get a tossed salad with your choice of dressing.
In the end, we all decided to have pizza of which there are 16 varieties beginning with plain and going right through to the Trolley Car Round House that has everything on it including tomato, cheese, onion, pepperoni, salami, ground beef, black olives, sausage, anchovies, mushrooms, Canadian bacon and shrimps. A large Round House costs $6.35 and feeds four people with cast iron stomachs.
We sat at the end of a table near the blue team, who looked like they lost, to wait for our order. A young lady sat down next to me and said with a sigh, "I'm so tired. I've been on my feet all day." She was 4 years old. A moment later, the front door swung open, a girl in a soaking wet sunsuit dashed in, took a slow jog around the place and left. A cheer went up from the back room where a presumably victorious team was celebrating. A teenager dropped some coins in the jukebox in the vain hope he might hear a little music.
Suddenly, someone shouted: "Order 32!" and we jumped to attention. We picked up our pizzas and found a booth out of the traffic but in view of the action.
Our two daughters had ordered a medium pepperoni pizza for $3.55. My husband and I had the George Avenue Special, $4.75, with slightly few ingredients piled on it than the Round House.
If amiable choas reigns out front, the folks in the kitchen seem to be organized. Our order was ready fast and the pizza was exceptionally good. The dough is made on the premises daily, and indeed, the crust on the pizza was light and crispy. The stuff piled on top was fresh and there was plenty of it.
The girls were too full to indulge in Vanilla Tootie ice cream cones for dessert but my husband and I had coffee while we listened to the life story of our 4-year-old friend who had rejoined us.
Meanwhile, the baseball reruns continued and we learned later that live Redskin games will be shown during the fall. So will the games on Monday nights, which also happens to be CB night at the Trolley Car Depot. And on request, you can see old-time movies.
We finally departed from the Depot right behind the orange team, having paid a grand ttal of $13.50 for food and entertainment.