Daughter Shirley and I headed out for some shopping, always a fun time and very productive, I might add. She asked me if I had ever been to Doumar's. Well, no. Heard of it a lot but never been there. So, away we went! And, what a treat!
It seems that Abe Doumar came to America from Damascus, Syria and ended up in St. Louis at the 1904 World's Fair. I guess Abe got hungry late in the day and bought himself a waffle. But, that ice cream looked mighty good, too, so he rolled the waffle into a cone and stuff some ice cream down in the top. Thus was born the 'waffle cone'.
The cones were a huge hit, everyone loved them so Abe sent over to Syria for his parents and brothers to come and help him.
In 1907 Abe took his new ice cream business to the Ocean View Amusement Park and in one day at the Jamestown Exposition the Doumar family sold nearly 23,000 cones!
In 1934 a hurricane damaged the Doumar business so George moved to Monticello Avenue near the Ghent area of Norfolk where they are still making ice cream cones today. 1934 was the year I was born so I can attest to their longevity.
Shirley and I got us a booth but the stools at the counter might have been fun.
Soon the waitress arrived with our ice cream in their signature waffle cones, wrapped in a napkin, just in case it drips.
Of course I dived right in. What great, creamy ice cream. It didn't last long!
We went outside to watch Randy making more cones.
Doumar's is also known for it's North Carolina style barbeque. You can get a sandwich served with coleslaw for just $2.60. Maybe next time we'll eat there.
Doumar's has received the James Beard Foundation Award and they have been featured in Gourmet and Southern Living Magazine. Guy Fieri came by with his television crew and they were featured on 'Diner's, Drive-in's and Dives', too.
If you are in Norfolk you really should go by and check them out. I bet you won't be sorry.