Doumar's; Restaurant and Landmark for Norfolk Virginia

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 Doumar's Barbecue sign, Virginia Norfolk

Norfolk has the closest feel to a big city in Hampton Roads.  I love the energy of the city, and that people who live there actually walk to go places.  We can't do that in the rest of Hampton Roads. Virginia Norfolk, is definitely one of my favorite places.


In Virginia Norfolk, you find Doumar’s  a local old style drive-in where the menu is composed of barbecue and  hamburger fare and Ice cream.  I was there a couple of days ago, for the first time, and tried their  Ice cream Sunday. It was really good.  It was very good!  Next time, I will make sure I try the real food menu, as the place was pretty busy.  They grind their own hamburger, and make fresh limeades to order.  You can see there the first waffle cone maker, which is still in use today.  Check their video.

A little history of Doumar’s:

Abe Doumar came from Damascus, Syria; and created the first ice cream cone at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. One evening he purchased a waffle from a nearby vendor, rolled it into a cone and topped it with ice cream. During the Jamestown Exposition of 1907, he launched his ice cream cone business at Ocean View Amusement Park.

John Doumar operated Doumar's first soda fountain in the historic Wells Theater from 1913 - 1920; the Wells Theater on 108 East Tazewell.

Brother George opened a drive-in at the present site, in 1934, since a hurricane of 1933 damaged the Ocean View site.

Today this is another, Norfolk local, treasure.  Where girl scouts, prom dates and grandparents doumar's Ocean View,Norfolk VAmeet.                                              For more history of Doumar's visit Ocean View nickel tours

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Matt Listro
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Hi Tere: . . . and nostalgia lives on - I love places like this!


May 20, 2009 03:24 AM #1
Barbara Hershey
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Hi Tere!  I so enjoyed looking around your blog...I was born in Newport News and still have a lot of family in that area! Your blog with it's descriptions and great pictures brought back a lot of wonderful memories.  Keep up the good work! :)

May 20, 2009 05:23 AM #2
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Tere, welcome to AR you are fairly new, I love these types of establishments roll back the times way we were. Have a great and successful weekend.

Jun 04, 2009 04:34 PM #3
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