Many foodies in the Miami Valley know the unforgettable hamburger cooker in Moraine named Rick aka “Voltzy.” He has been through a lot in the past year health wise, but is still going strong with his Hamburger and Rootbeer Stand.
Known for his sharp tongue, and slapping ground chuck and onions with a spatula, Voltzy has become a Dayton Icon over the past 30 years. He is the Smart Aleck that smart mouths locally have grown to love. Take his teasing in stride. This is his “schtick”and when he gives you grief, it means he likes you.
This month we thought we would urge our readers to visit Voltzy. He is back open after the recent setbacks and illness and the food is still great.
This week he starts serving some of the best hot soups you will ever try. Whether you have never been there, or if you are a longstanding regular, please try and stop in at least once or twice this month and get some of the best burgers in America.
To show our appreciation for you helping him out, Food Adventures is gonna give away a $20 in Voltzy food to two different foodies !
****COMMENT BELOW FOR A SHOT AT WINNING $20 WORTH OF VOLTZYS FOOD ! ****
THE TRUE STORY OF THE BEGINNING OF VOLTZY’s:
Growing up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana he learned his burger craft from his grandfather. Grandfather Voltzy had a small restaurant in Ft Wayne that was open 24 hours a day. It was started in 1917 and he was extremely successful. After Rick moved to Dayton, he wanted to get a restaurant started in honor of his grandpa. Thirty years later he is still cookin.’
FROM TRAILER TO ROOTBEER STAND:
In 1988 he started serving burgers out of a 12 foot trailer. It was parked outside Driftwood lanes. The trailer grew to 16 ft then 24 ft, and in 2013 he built the Root Beer Stand on 4668 Springboro Pike.
VOLTZY CHALLENGED WITH HEALTH ISSUES:
After a bout with diabetes he had to have 3 toes amputated over the past few years. He is recovering and is back serving customers at his full business hours.
As always, our patented Food Adventure bullet points will give you the scoop on this Dayton Dining Legend.
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON VOLTZY’S ROOTBEER STAND TODAY:
—OPEN 11am-2PM Monday – Saturday
—It is highly recommended that you call your order in – they take orders starting at 9am.
— The beef is ground fresh everyday for 31 years and when it is soup season, they are also fresh homemade everyday.
Voltzy has a huge menu – so here are our patented “Must Eats” to help you wade through the offered items.
We know because we have actually tried everything on the menu, and as always, that’s why our photos are original and not borrowed. It sets us apart.
MUST EATS AT VOLTZYS:
— 10 CHEESEBURGERS For $12:
This is his hallmark. Ten sliders with grilled onions, cheese and sweet heat sauce. These are the burgers that put this man on the map. He has the best burger in Dayton, hands down. Why? He grinds the meat daily and his grilling and steaming process has been perfected over the years. Lets put it this way, his food is so good he can playfully insult people and they come back for more. Probably our favorite burger.
— THE 20 oz HOG CHEESEBURGER:
Voltzy’s version of a Whopper… and it puts Burger King to shame. This HUGE burger has a big bun and is topped with grilled onions, cheese, and sweet heat sauce. When you start eating you think, “my goodness this is the biggest hamburger I have seen..” Then it tastes so good you find yourself finishing it. Yeah, you will surprise yourself. If you have a big appetite, we promise this will be one of the best burgers you have ever tried. He named this burger after his ex wife, and the double hog and triple hog burgers after his 2nd and 3rd wives ! This is our other favorite burger.
— THE BETTY ANN CHEESEBURGER:
This is like a Big Boy, however it is 3 times better. This is a double slider generously topped with double cheese, raw onion, mayo and pickles. We just had one of these last week and again were blown away. One of the best burgers we have ever eaten. The taste of the onion, pickle, mayo and his fresh ground chuck is simply fantastic. He named this sandwich after his mother.
— CABBAGE ROLL SOUP (ONLY IN WINTER):
Slightly spicy, this homemade soup is an original recipe. We noticed that he uses his freshly ground beef, and freshly steamed cabbage in this incredible broth. Served in a Styrofoam coffee cup, we suggest you get two of them. He sold hundreds of gallons of this soup last year. One taste and you will see why it might be the best soup in Dayton. Voltzy says if you try this soup, you will wake up singing the song “Touch Me in the Morning.” Whatever the hell that means.
— THE SLAMMER WRAP:
Large burger with ham, sweet heat sauce, horsey sauce, grilled onions, and melted cheese inside a wrap. Good item if you are on the go and dont want a gooey mess. Unmistakable Voltzy beef taste and those wonderful condiments, make this a “must eat.” Remember if you vary from the ingredients on any menu item, he will give you grief, but he will eventually cave in.
— THE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK:
Philly meat with peppers, onions and horsey sauce on a sub bun with cheese on top. An overstuffed, finger licking good sandwich, that will knock your socks off. This gooey, cheesey hot mess is not recognizable as a philly cheesesteak. You gotta just grab it and go in like you are storming a castle !
— THE PATTY MELT:
Another popular choice at Voltzys. Its a burger on a Rye bread with onions and melted cheese. He usually doctors it up with a little sweet heat and horsey sauce. We have a lot of friends that swear by this sandwich.
— THE HEIDELBURGER:
A larger Double Cheeseburger with egg and bacon on the sandwich. This one is very popular and is a nice meal in itself. Add a bottle of Frostie Root Beer and you are in heaven.
It would also be heavenly to win a $20 gift card to Voltzys….
**** COMMENT BELOW on WHY YOU COULD USE A $20 GIFT CARD TO VOLTZYS and WE WILL PICK 2 WINNERS AT RANDOM, NEXT WEEK **** ONE ENTRY PER PERSON
Even if you don’t win the gift cards, make sure you stop in and visit Voltzy. May we recommend you wash down all your favorite foods with Frostie Top Bottles of Root beer? He has them cold on site. His crinkle cut fries and onion rings are also favorites.
Remember during the winter he has soups and the entry is in the lobby with no tables or seating (to go only). But in the summer and warmer months, he opens the patio for picnic table seating. It is a great place to people watch and observe Voltzy harassing his guests.
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