Looking for amazing Ice Cream in Norfolk?
Ice Cream is one of my favorite desserts. I can remember Sunday afternoons, as a kid, with my family where we would go out for an Ice Cream treat – it was a weekly thing.
If you are as much of an Ice Cream fan as I am and you have not been to Doumar’s in Norfolk, you are missing out on a hidden hotspot in Hampton Roads!
Located off Monticello Avenue, Doumar’s Drive-In has been in the Hampton Roads area for over 100 years. The original owner invented the waffle cone maker! How awesome is that? This restaurant was featured on the Food Network TV Show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. The history of Doumar’s began at the 1904 World’s Fair.
The owner saw an ice cream stand that had to stop sales because they ran out of paper bowls, while another vendor close by was making waffles served with whipped cream. The idea spawned a creation that would go on to change the way we see and eat ice cream today. What would a good ice cream sundae be without a waffle cone or bowl?
If you have ever indulged in one, you have Mr. Doumar to thank for it. Many have tried to replicate this, but Doumar’s is the original, and the recipe has not changed in over 100 years.
Today, the shop looks just like it did when it was created and resembles your typical 50’s Drive-in.
When you arrive, you are drawn back in time to live the days of old. Carhops deliver your order by roller skates and the 50’s style décor makes the experience feel that much more nostalgic. The menu originally consisted of only ice cream flavors served in waffle cones.
After a few years in operation, the family expanded the menu to accommodate and serve guests all year around, instead of just during the warmer months.
Now you can buy Carolina BBQ, burgers and some of best handspun shakes around. If you leave hungry, it would be your own fault. With so many decisions to choose from, you can consume an entire meal and top it off with a beautiful waffle cone sundae, complete with a cherry on top!
Doumar’s is family friendly and it is certainly something you should set out to try, at least once! If you have not been there yet, you’ve got to give them a shot.